Kenwith Castle Halt railway station

Kenwith Castle Halt was a minor railway station or halt/request stop in north Devon, close to Bideford, serving the nearby castle of that name.[4] It lay 1 mile and 75 chains from Bideford Quay.[5]

Kenwith Castle Halt
Map BWHA Railway.jpg
Map showing the position of Kenwith Castle Halt
LocationBideford, Torridge
Coordinates51°01′27″N 4°14′16″W / 51.0241°N 4.2379°W / 51.0241; -4.2379Coordinates: 51°01′27″N 4°14′16″W / 51.0241°N 4.2379°W / 51.0241; -4.2379
Grid referenceSS431273
Other information
Original companyBideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway
Pre-groupingBritish Electric Traction
Key dates
20 May 1901[1][2]Opened
28 March 1917Closed[3]
The old railway cutting from the site of the halt.


This was to have been the site of the junction for a line running over ten miles to Clovelly.[6]


Kenwith Castle Halt had no platform or shelter and was sited at an ungated level crossing on the road to the castle; the gates had been removed in 1905.[7] The line ran through a cutting at this point. No sidings or freight facilities were provided.[8][9]

Micro historyEdit

In January 1901, the first train, with one carriage, ran from Bideford to Northam carrying a few friends of the Directors.[10]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Abbotsham Road
Line and station closed
  Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway   Causeway
Line and station closed


Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway
Lovers' Lane Halt
Richmond Road Halt
Beach Road
Westward Ho!
Abbotsham Road
Kenwith Castle Halt
The Lane Halt
Locomotive shed
Strand Road Halt
Bideford Quay
  1. ^ Jenkins, Page 44
  2. ^ Baxter, Page 8
  3. ^ Jenkins, Page 123
  4. ^ Jenkins, Page 110
  5. ^ Jenkins, Page 62
  6. ^ Jenkins, Page 33
  7. ^ Jenkins, Page 141
  8. ^ Jenkins, Page 93
  9. ^ Jenkins, Page 96
  10. ^ Baxter, Page 6
  1. Baxter, Julia & Jonathan (1980). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore railway 1901-1917. Pub. Chard. ISBN 0-9507330-1-6.
  2. Christie, Peter (1995). North Devon History. The Lazarus Press. ISBN 1-898546-08-8.
  3. Garner, Rod (2008). The Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway. Pub. Kestrel Railway Books. ISBN 978-1-905505-09-8.
  4. Griffith, Roger (1969). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. School project and personal communications. Bideford Museum.
  5. Jenkins, Stanley C. (1993). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. Oxford : Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-452-0.
  6. Stuckey, Douglas (1962). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway 1901-1917. Pub. West Country Publications.