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Holmsley Station


Old Photographs |  Holmsley Station

The station was opened in 1847 as "Christchurch Road" by the Southampton and Dorchester Railway. Sited next to a bridge carrying the A35 over the line, it was initially the nearest station for the towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth. Coaches served these places until the construction of direct lines, from firstly Ringwood and then Brockenhurst. The station's name was changed to Holmsley on 13th November 1862 and the line became known locally as "Castleman's Corkscrew", named after the Wimborne solicitor Charles Castleman, who was instrumental in its opening.

The station came under the control of the London and South Western Railway before becoming part of the Southern Railway in the 1923 railway grouping. Holmsley Station played an important part in World War Two, providing an essential supply point for equipment and supplies for the nearby Holmsley Aerodrome. The station was also very busy with passenger traffic; RAF personnel, Government officials and even General Eisenhower prior to the D-Day landings.

The Brockenhurst to Ringwood section of the line closed on 4th May 1964, a casualty of the programme of closures advocated by the Beeching Report. The Burley to Brockenhurst road now passes under the A35, passing through the former station platforms, and using the former track for some distance. However, remains of the platforms can be seen, and the station house survives as a tea room at the road junction.

Holmsley Station in 1957
Holmsley Station in 1957
Holmsley Station in 1963
Holmsley Station in 1963
Holmsley Station and cross-over
Holmsley Station and cross-over
Holmsley Station signal box
Holmsley Station signal box
Holmsley Station - looking west
Holmsley Station - looking west
Holmsley Station before closure
Holmsley Station before closure
Holmsley Station from the East
Holmsley Station from the East
Holmsley Station after closure
Holmsley Station after closure
The old Holmsley to Burley road
The old Holmsley to Burley road
Holmsley Station Plan
Holmsley Station Plan
Car Park Ticket
Car Park Ticket
Luggage Labels
Luggage Labels

Old Photographs |  Holmsley Station

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