Nine Elms railway station

Nine Elms Railway Station in the London district of Battersea was opened on 21 May 1838 as the London terminus of the London & Southampton Railway which on the same day became the London and South Western Railway. The building in the neo-classical style was designed by Sir William Tite. The station was inconveniently situated for travel to central London, with the necessity to complete the journey by road or by the steam boats connecting the station to points between Vauxhall and London Bridge.[1]

Nine Elms
Nine Elms 1838.jpg
The Terminus in 1838
LocationNine Elms, London Borough of Lambeth
Other information
Original companyLondon and Southampton Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Key dates
21 May 1838Opened
11 July 1848Closed to passengers
29 July 1968Closed to Freight
Detail from a map of 1847 showing the station

The station was closed to passengers from 11 July 1848 when the L&SWR opened its metropolitan extension, the Nine Elms to Waterloo Viaduct from Nine Elms to Waterloo (then called Waterloo Bridge Station), and the area adjacent to the station housed the L&SWR's carriage and wagon works until their relocation to Eastleigh in 1909.[2] After closure to passengers the station and surrounding tracks continued in use for goods traffic.

Nine Elms station, when in use as a goods station, adapted from an old photograph dated about 1905.

In 1941 the building was damaged by German bombs and it was demolished in the 1960s. The station closed as a freight depot on 29 July 1968.[3] The site became the flower section of the New Covent Garden Market in 1974.[4]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Clapham Common   London & South Western Railway


  1. ^ Nine Elms Station, image and information at Science and Society
  2. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1988). Waterloo to Windsor. Middleton Press. p. 18. ISBN 0-906520-54-1.
  3. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V. Borley ISBN 0 901461 33 4
  4. ^ "Heritage - Nine Elms". Nine Elms on the South Bank. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

Coordinates: 51°29′05″N 0°07′40″W / 51.4846°N 0.1278°W / 51.4846; -0.1278