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Louth railway station was a station in Louth, Lincolnshire, England. It served as a junction for several different now closed lines which converged on the town.[3]

Louth
Louth railway station.jpg
Louth station frontage
Location
PlaceLouth
AreaLincolnshire
Coordinates53°22′17″N 0°00′06″E / 53.3714°N 0.00157°E / 53.3714; 0.00157Coordinates: 53°22′17″N 0°00′06″E / 53.3714°N 0.00157°E / 53.3714; 0.00157
Grid referenceTF333879
Operations
Original companyEast Lincolnshire Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Northern Railway
Post-groupingLNER
Platforms3
History
1 March 1848Opened
5 Oct 1970Closed to regular passenger traffic[1]
22 Dec 1980Closed[1]
Listed status
Listed featureLouth Railway station
Listing gradeGrade II listed
Entry number1063202[2]
Added to list18 February 1974
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

HistoryEdit

The foundation stone of Louth railway station was formally laid on 8 July 1847 by Miss Charlotte Alington Pye, a popular ballad writer of the time (who used the pseudonym "Claribel" from a Tennyson poem).[4][5] The architects of the station buildings were John Grey Weightman and Matthew Ellison Hadfield of Sheffield.[6]

The station was damaged by bombing on 19 February 1941 killing a local man, George Bradley, who was the fireman of an engine shunting in the goods yard.[7]

Louth Station was closed to passengers in 1970. The line northwards to Grimsby remained open for freight until 1980. A 5-car diesel multiple unit formed a special into Louth on 20 December 1980; at the time, the only remaining track was into the bay platform No. 1. The station building was saved from demolition and converted into flats.[8] It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

 
Site of Louth station, goods yard and the former Kilns

Preservation futureEdit

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway plans to eventually extend their running line to Louth, however the original station building and the surrounding area cannot be reused as the terminus of the LWR, as it has been converted for residential use, and the former goods yard is now a mix of housing and industrial/retail outlets.

A proposed new station will be built approx. 3/4 mile to the north of the original station. Louth North signalbox still stands in its original position by the adjacent level crossing. This has now been converted to a house.

 
The preserved Louth North signal box, now a private residence

RouteEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Louth Railway Station (1063202)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ British Railways Atlas. 1947. p. 17
  4. ^ "Louth History" (PDF). Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Historic Louth". Archived from the original on 10 June 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  6. ^ "General Remarks". Hull Packet. England. 3 March 1848. Retrieved 3 March 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Louth Leader - Sheila recalls her dad's tears over pal killed in WWII raid". Retrieved 15 March 2009.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Louth station". Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.

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