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Bletchington railway station

Bletchington railway station
The station in 1961
Place Bletchington
Area Cherwell
Grid reference SP482182
Original company Oxford and Rugby Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping GWR
Platforms 2
1850 Station opens
1964 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Bletchington railway station is a disused station in Oxfordshire at Enslow, England, a hamlet 1.25 miles (2 km) west of the village of Bletchingdon. The station had a number of names during its period of operation: 'Woodstock', 'Woodstock Road', 'Kirtlington' and finally 'Bletchington'.


The Oxford and Rugby Railway planned a railway between those two points, which was authorised on 4 August 1845;[1] construction begain in 1846,[2] but before any portion was open, it was absorbed by the Great Western Railway. The line opened as far as Banbury on 2 September 1850, and there were three intermediate stations,[3][4] the southernmost being Woodstock Road.[3][4] Upon the opening of a different station named Woodstock Road in 1855, this station was renamed Kirtlington;[3][5][6] and following rebuilding it was renamed for a final time on 11 August 1890, becoming Bletchington.[3][5][6] It is possible that the original name of this station was Woodstock, becoming Woodstock Road in May 1851[5] or 1852.[7]

British Railways closed the station to passengers on 2 November 1964[8][7] and to goods on 21 June 1965.[8] The station building survives but much of the station site is now occupied by an industrial estate.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line open and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Oxford and Rugby Railway
Line and station open



External links

  • Station and Line on navigable 1947 O.S. map
  • Photograph of station site today

Coordinates: 51°51′38″N 1°18′03″W / 51.86059°N 1.30091°W / 51.86059; -1.30091

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