Woodcroft Halt railway station

Woodcroft Halt railway station was a former railway halt located in the parish of Buriton between Rowlands Castle and Petersfield on the Portsmouth Direct Line.

Woodcroft Halt
General information
LocationChalton, East Hampshire
Coordinates50°56′22″N 0°57′05″W / 50.9395°N 0.9514°W / 50.9395; -0.9514Coordinates: 50°56′22″N 0°57′05″W / 50.9395°N 0.9514°W / 50.9395; -0.9514
Grid referenceSU737161
Other information
Original companySouthern Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
4 October 1943 (1943-10-04)Station opened
1 October 1945 (1945-10-01)Station closed
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During World War II, in 1940, the Admiralty requisitioned Ditcham Park, a nearby country house for use as a convalescent home for sailors (the house is now a private school). The halt was built to serve Ditcham Park, principally for trains from the extensive naval facilities in Portsmouth about 20 km (12 mi) away. Woodcroft Halt, which was also known as Ditcham Park Halt, opened on 4 October 1943, and closed on 1 October 1945.[1]

Because of its naval nature, it was featured on few maps, but some maps did mark it by a little tab without a name.

It was closed in 1945 and subsequently demolished;[when?] just a footbridge remains.


The halt was located 59 miles 72 chains (96.4 km) from Waterloo,[2] at grid reference SU737161[1] which is now marked on the OS 1:25000 map as "Woodcroft Farm". The stations to either side were Petersfield and Rowlands Castle.[1]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Southern Railway
Portsmouth Direct Line
  Rowlands Castle
Line and station open


  1. ^ a b c Croughton, Godfrey; Kidner, R.W.; Young, Alan (1982). Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations. Salisbury: Oakwood Press. p. 142. ISBN 0-85361-281-1.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 26B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.


  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (December 1985). Woking to Portsmouth (Southern Main Line Railway Albums). Middleton Press. fig. 96. ISBN 0-906520-25-8.

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