Hermitage railway station

Hermitage railway station was a railway station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway which served the villages of Hermitage and Oare in Berkshire.[1] The station closed in 1962. The station house remains and is occupied by a scaffolding company. The adjacent site became a light industrial site and was occupied by the Arena Seating Company.[2] The Arena Seating site was subsequently re-developed for housing in 2006–07. The residential development is named Hermitage Green.

Hermitage
General information
LocationHermitage, West Berkshire
England
Grid referenceSU505726
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyDidcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Pre-groupingDidcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Key dates
13 April 1882Opened
4 August 1942Closed
8 March 1943Re-opened
10 September 1962Closed

FacilitiesEdit

Hermitage station was built with two platforms including a passing loop with the ticket office and station buildings located on the northbound platform. A goods shed and crane were located next to two sidings south of the station. In 1942, several sidings were built further to the south of the station to provide access to a cold store.

The site todayEdit

The adjoining bridge over the road serving the village was completely removed in 1979. The station building is used as a private dwelling. There are still platforms in existence behind the station building. The 1942 sidings and cold store have been demolished and the site turned into an area of housing.

ServicesEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Pinewood Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
  Newbury
Line closed, station open

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karau, P., Parsons, M. and Robertson, K. (1984) An illustrated history of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway, Wild Swan Publications, ISBN 0-906867-04-5
  2. ^ Hermitage Village Design Statement

Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 1°16′29″W / 51.4501°N 1.2747°W / 51.4501; -1.2747