Barcombe Mills railway station
Barcombe Mills railway station in 1961
|Area||Lewes, East Sussex|
|Original company||Lewes and Uckfield Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|Post-grouping||Southern Railway |
Southern Region of British Railways
|18 October 1858||Opened as "Barcombe"|
|1 January 1885||Renamed (Barcombe Mills)|
|23 February 1969||last train ran|
|4 May 1969||Officially Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain|
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The station opened as "Barcombe" but was renamed "Barcombe Mills" in 1885 so as to avoid confusion with Barcombe station on the Lewes to East Grinstead line. Despite its name, the station is actually situated almost a mile to the south-east of Barcombe village.
It was always a popular station for anglers who were able to fish for trout in the nearby River Ouse. On pre-World War II bank holidays as many as 1000 tickets were sold in one day. The station was listed for closure under the Beeching report but closure was delayed pending the outcome of an enquiry. The last train ran on 23 February 1969 due to the condition of a bridge near Lewes but a bus service serving the stations until the official closure date. The track was removed in 1970 and the station was subsequently sold.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Line and station closed
|British Rail Southern Region
Line closed, station open
It was not until 1985, the year in which the station was purchased by Allan Slater, that preservation and conversion work on the virtually intact structure began in earnest. Many original Victorian features have been retained, including the scalloped woodwork along the rooftops and arched brickwork around the windows which bear testament to the early days of rail travel. The station was used as a tea-room/restaurant called Wheeltappers. The former ticket office and ladies' waiting room serving as a restaurant and the gentlemen's washrooms as kitchen facilities. The adjoining stationmaster's small one-bedroom house has been converted into a four-bedroom family home, and the trackbed has been filled-in and landscaped. In April 2003 two chalet-style holiday cottages were opened, resulting in the demolition of the wooden down platform waiting room. The chalets were built in a rebuilt down waiting room in the original style.
The Wealden Line Campaign has lobbied strongly for the reinstatement of the line between Lewes and Uckfield, including the section through Barcombe Mills and a feasibility study is being carried out to determine the merits of this scheme. Addressing the possibility of the return of his land to railway use, Allan Slater, still the owner of the station, has said that, "If there is genuinely a need for the railway to come through here I don't think I am in a position to stand in their way."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barcombe Mills railway station.|
- Subterranea Britannica, "Barcombe Mills".
- Daily Mirror, "Keep on trackin'", 12 April 2004.
- BBC News, "'Fresh hope' of railway reopening", 14 June 2007.