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Stratford on Avon Station

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Stratford on Avon Station (64) Stratford on Avon Station - Locomotives (36) Stratford on Avon Shed (14)

Stratford Upon Avon has had three standard gauge stations associated with the GWR or companies under its influence, two termini of branches and one through station, the current station, which itself has been subject to alterations to its layout over the years. Initially two branch lines served the town each with their own terminus. The first station to open was just south of the current station at Sancta Lane being the site of the OWWR´s (Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway) branch terminus which was only operational for a very brief period of time, from 12 July 1859 to 24 July 1861. The second station located on the Birmingham Road, opened on 9th October 1860, was just to the north of the current station and served the Stratford Railway Company's branch line from Hatton to Stratford Upon Avon, a spur off the GWR's Oxford to Birmingham route. The obvious advantage of joining the two branch lines was quickly recognised and the current station was opened on 24 July 1861 with the Birmingham Road station being relegated to goods traffic and the occasional excursion traffic, the latter ceasing in 1869.

The Alcester Road station was built as a two platform station with possibly a bay platform located in a similar position to the current platform 3. The Birmingham Road station remained open as a goods facility until it too succumbed to the competition of road traffic on 6 May 1968. In the early part of the century, probably related to the GWR's decision to open a new main line route to the West of England, the station was rebuilt and upgraded to incorporate a third through platform on the up side of the station although it is known it handled local services from Honeybourne and Hatton. The third platform required the demolition of the up platform's building and the creation of an island platform which shortened platform 2 at the Alcester Road end to provide access to platform 3. Today with the closure of the line to the south of Stratford Upon Avon the physical layout remains the same but history has turned full circle as the town is now effectively served by a terminal station.

The GWR, as with all the railway companies, extensively promoted places to visit by their railway services and Stratford upon Avon and other areas within Warwickshire were no exception. Robert Ferris has transcribed some extracts from contemporary GWR books and these can be read by clicking here. Whilst a number of books have been written on the Great Western Railway's route to the West of England with some information on Stratford on Avon station, the most definitive work is contained in articles written by John Copsey and Chris Turner in two issues of the Great Western Railway Journal, No 52 Autumn 2004 and No 53 Winter 2005. Despite extensive use of their iterations in the captions of the photographs, many near verbatim, these two articles cover a significant amount of detailed information not included on the website. People wishing to learn more about the operations at Stratford on Avon station and shed should therefore seek to obtain copies of the two volumes published by Wild Swan of 1-3 Hagbourne Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8DP, Telephone 01235 816478.

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GWR railway photo
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Mowat Collection
View of Stratford on Avon's original termnus station opened on 9th October 1860 now being used as the GWR's goods yard and shed
Close up showing metal bodied covered van No 292 on the middle No 2 road of Stratford’s goods yard
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Mowat Collection
Close up showing metal bodied covered van No 292 on the middle No 2 road of Stratford’s goods yard
View of the goods shed utilised by Flower's Brewery of Stratford upon Avon for the transhipping of their beers across the country
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Mowat Collection
View of the goods shed utilised by Flower's Brewery of Stratford upon Avon for the transhipping of their beers across the country
Close up showing the loading into a covered van of the different types of beer shipped by Flowers Brewery, casks of ales and crates of bottled beers
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Mowat Collection
Close up showing the loading a covered van of different types of beer shipped by Flowers Brewery, casks of ales and crates of bottled beers
GWR railway photo
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Looking north from Alcester Road bridge towards Birmingham prior to the doubling of the line and the opening of the North Warwickshire Railway

Close up of Stratford on Avon's up platform and building whilst to the left can be seen a footpath running from Alcester Road to the platform
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Close up of Stratford on Avon's up platform and building whilst to the left can be seen a footpath running from Alcester Road to the platform
GWR railway photo
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Close up of Stratford on Avon's down platform and upgraded and modified main station building with the new cycle shed seen on the right
GWR railway photo
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Close up showing an unidentified GWR 0-6-0ST 'Dean Saddle Tank' standing at the down platform on a local passenger service to Honeybourne
Looking northwards along the track to Bearley Junction with the island platform on the left and the down platform on the right circa 1918
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Looking northwards along the track to Bearley Junction with the island platform on the left and the down platform on the right circa 1918
Another view of Stratford on Avon station from Alcester Road bridge looking northwards to Birmingham with the island platform on the left
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Mowat Collection
Another view of Stratford on Avon station from Alcester Road bridge looking northwards to Birmingham with the island platform on the left

View of Stratford on Avon station with a local passenger service standing at Platform Three and a single-coach Auto-train at Platform One
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Anon
View of Stratford on Avon station with a local passenger service standing at Platform Three and a single-coach Auto-train at Platform One
Close up showing the auto-trailer standing at the down platform whilst staff and passengers wait to board the service to Honeybourne
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Anon
Close up showing the auto-trailer standing at the down platform whilst staff and passengers wait to board the service to Honeybourne
Ex-Great Western Railway 2-6-0 93xx class mogul No 9314 approaching Stratford-upon-Avon Station
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LGRP
GWR 2-4-0T 35xx class 'Metro Tank' No 3563 is seen at the head of a five-coach Leamington Spa to Stratford on Avon local service
Looking from the Honeybourne end of platform 1 to the up island platforms with a DMU standing at Platform 3 in BR livery
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Lens of Sutton
Looking from the Honeybourne end of platform 1 to the up island platforms with a DMU standing at Platform 3 in BR livery
GWR railway photo
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the island platform's building which housed substantial passenger facilities and the steps of the passenger footbridge

View of Stratford on Avon station from Alcester bridge showing two sets of tracks alongside Platform 3 and an up local passenger service to Birmingham
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Real Photographs
View of Stratford on Avon station from Alcester bridge showing two sets of tracks alongside Platform 3 and an up local passenger service to Birmingham
Another view of the Cold Store loop line at Stratford on Avon station with the Ministry of Foods depot seen on the left in 1950
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RC Riley
Another view of the Cold Store loop line at Stratford on Avon station with the Ministry of Foods depot seen on the left in 1950
Exterior view of Stratford on Avon station with the parcel booking office to the right of the gated entrance and booking office to the right
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Real Photographs
Exterior view of Stratford on Avon station with the parcel booking office to the right of the gated entrance and booking office to the right
An external view of Stratford on Avon station in the early days of its ownership by British Railways with a Morris Van parked outside
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LGRP
An external view of Stratford on Avon station in the early days of its ownership by British Railways with a Morris Van parked outside
Looking towards Alcester Road bridge from the Birmingham end down platform with Stratford upon Avon's livestock market on the left
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CL Mowat
Looking towards Alcester Road bridge from the Birmingham end down platform with Stratford upon Avon's livestock market on the left

Looking towards Honeybourne along the down platform whilst on the right is the up platform's building providing the passenger facilities
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Real Photographs
Looking towards Honeybourne along the down platform whilst on the right is the up platform's building providing the passenger facilities
Close up showing the 1910 building which replaced the original 1865 structure and the British Railways corporate signage installed in 1954
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Real Photographs
Close up showing the 1910 building which replaced the original 1865 structure and the British Railways corporate signage installed in 1954
Ex-Great Western Railway 2-6-0 93xx class mogul No 9314 approaching Stratford-upon-Avon Station
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NRM
View showing the passenger footbridge and steps leading down to the down platform with the horse dock adjacent to the livestock market behind
Looking towards platform one from platform two showing the gated access to the main station driveway with a large Pagoda hut seen standing opposite
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NRM
Looking towards platform one from platform two showing the gated access to the main station driveway with a large Pagoda hut seen opposite
View from the island platform of the waiting room entrance,  station master's office, exit and ticket collector's booth on platform one
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NRM
View from the island platform of the waiting room entrance, station master's office, exit and ticket collector's booth on platform one

View from Platform 2 of Wymans bookstall with the platform ticket barrier seen to its left and the parcel office doorway seen to the right
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NRM
View from Platform 2 of Wymans bookstall with the platform ticket barrier seen to its left and the parcel office doorway seen to the right
Looking towards  the parcels enclosure from the island platform with the parcels office on the left and refreshment room on the right
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NRM
Looking towards the parcels enclosure from the island platform with the parcels office on the left and refreshment room on the right
View of Stratford on Avon station's down platform storage rooms and cycle rack which were located at the Alcester Road end of the station
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NRM
View of Stratford on Avon station's down platform storage rooms and cycle rack which were located at the Alcester Road end of the station
GWR railway photo
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the gated entrance to Stratford on Avon station's down platform which located immediately to the left of the Parcels Office
GWR railway photo
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Windows on Warwickshire
Looking across from the down platform to the two island platforms and beyond to the Ministry of Food's Cold Store 1942 built depot

Outside view of  Stratford on Avon 1864 station building and the entrance to the booking office providing access to the down platform
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Windows on Warwickshire
Outside view of Stratford on Avon 1864 station building and the entrance to the booking office providing access to the down platform
View of the entrance to the Parcels Office from the down platform showing the triangular sign suspended above the doorway
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the entrance to the Parcels Office from the down platform showing the triangular sign suspended above the doorway
View of the entrance to the Refreshment Room provided on Stratford on Avon's island platform as seen from the down platform
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the entrance to the Refreshment Room provided on Stratford on Avon's island platform as seen from the down platform
Another view of Stratford on Avon's island platform's showing the general waiting room as seen from the down platform
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Windows on Warwickshire
Another view of Stratford on Avon's island platform's showing the general waiting room as seen from the down platform
View of the staircases which ran from either side of to the passenger footbridge down on to the island platforms
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the staircases which ran from either side of to the passenger footbridge down on to the island platforms

Another view from the down platform across to the island platforms showing the gentlemen's toilet facilities
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Windows on Warwickshire
Another view from the down platform across to the island platforms showing the gentlemen's toilet facilities
Another view from the down platform across to the island platforms showing the ladies waiting room on the right
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Windows on Warwickshire
Another view from the down platform across to the island platforms showing the ladies waiting room on the right
View of the island platform showing the modesty panel fitted across the entrance to the Gentlemen's toilet
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the island platform showing the modesty panel fitted across the entrance to the Gentlemen's toilet
View of a portion of the exterior of Stratford on Avon station to the left of the gated entrance to the down platform
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of a portion of the exterior of Stratford on Avon station to the left of the gated entrance to the down platform
View of the 1910 built section of Stratford on Avon station seen from outside which accommodated the cycle shed
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Windows on Warwickshire
View of the 1910 built section of Stratford on Avon station seen from outside which accommodated the cycle shed

Looking towards Alcester Road along the main approach to Stratford on Avon station showing horse-drawn carriages posed outside
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Windows on Warwickshire
Looking towards Alcester Road along the main approach to Stratford on Avon station showing horse-drawn carriages posed outside
Looking south towards Honeybourne from the passenger footbridge showing the water tank and refuge siding on the other side of Alcester Road bridge
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J Moss
Looking south towards Honeybourne from the passenger footbridge showing the water tank and refuge siding on the other side of Alcester Road bridge
View of the 1891 built Stratford on Avon West Signal Box which was sited to the south of Alcester Road bridge adjacent to the up refuge siding
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DH Cowan
View of the 1891 built Stratford on Avon West Signal Box which was sited to the south of Alcester Road bridge adjacent to the up refuge siding
A rear view of Stratford on Avon East Signal Box, formerly situated at Acton West, equipped with a 55 lever 5-bar tappet frame
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J Moss
A rear view of Stratford on Avon East Signal Box, formerly situated at Acton West, equipped with a 55 lever 5-bar tappet frame
View of the signal gantry controlling the access to Stratford on Avon station, the engine shed and the livestock market's goods siding
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Anon
View of the signal gantry controlling the access to Stratford on Avon station, the engine shed and the livestock market's goods siding

Front view of Stratford on Avon East Signal Box which guarded both Stratford on Avon station and the junction to the goods yard and shed
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J Moss
Front view of Stratford on Avon East Signal Box which guarded both Stratford on Avon station and the junction to the goods yard and shed
View looking northwards to Wilmecote showing the recently opened island platforms on the left and two trains standing in the station
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NRM
View looking northwards to Wilmecote showing the recently opened island platforms on the left and two trains standing in the station
View of Flower & Sons Ltd's loading deck for barralled beer moved by road transport as seen from the main road entrance to the brewery
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
View of Flower & Sons Ltd's loading deck for barralled beer moved by road transport as seen from the main road entrance to the brewery
View of Flower & Son Ltd's brewery shed and boilerhouse and chimney seen from the back of Stratford on Avon station's goods yard
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
View of Flower & Son Ltd's brewery shed and boilerhouse and chimney seen from the back of Stratford on Avon station's goods yard
Aerial view of Stratford upon Avon's gas works and sidings, Flower & Sons Brewery and  the GWR's goods yard adjacent to the Birmingham Road
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Aerial view of Stratford upon Avon's gas works and sidings, Flower & Sons Brewery and the GWR's goods yard adjacent to the Birmingham Road

Close up showing Stratford upon Avon's gas works with sidings occupied by mainly Private Owner wagons plus the goods sidings
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Close up showing Stratford upon Avon's gas works with sidings occupied by mainly Private Owner wagons plus the goods sidings
Close up of the buildings and other facilities at Stratford upon Avon's gas works and the coal yard adjacent to the Birmingham Road
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Close up of the buildings and other facilities at Stratford upon Avon's gas works and the coal yard adjacent to the Birmingham Road
Front view of Stratford on Avon East Signal Box which guarded both Stratford on Avon station and the junction to the goods yard and shed
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Aerial view of Stratford on Avon goods yard and shed with Flowers & Sons Brewery above and the Gas works and sidings below
Close up showing the principle roads to the gas works, goods yard and brewery as well as a GWR 0-6-0 locomotive shunting the sidings
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Close up showing the principle roads to the gas works, goods yard and brewery as well as a GWR 0-6-0 locomotive shunting the sidings
Close up showing goods shed, coal stacking area and a long covered shed adjacent to the goods yard's Birmingham Road entrance
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Close up showing goods shed, coal stacking area and a long covered shed adjacent to the goods yard's Birmingham Road entrance

View of the throat to the sidings at Stratford on Avon station's goods yard, Flower & Sons Brewery and the local gas works
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
View of the throat to the sidings at Stratford on Avon station's goods yard, Flower & Sons Brewery and the local gas works
Close up of Flower & Sons sidings, the barley house and bottling plant with the GWR's water tank at the throat to the yard to the front
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Simmons Aerofilms Ltd
Close up of Flower & Sons sidings, the barley house and bottling plant with the GWR's water tank at the throat to the yard to the front
Looking towards Birmingham Road with the original 1863 station turned goods shed on the right and Flowers Brewery beer shed on the left
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Anon
LLooking towards Birmingham Road with the original 1863 station turned goods shed on the right and Flowers Brewery beer shed on the left
The Beer Shed photographed from the adjacent dock with the public entrance to the goods office via the door on the left
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VR Webster/KRM
The Beer Shed photographed from the adjacent dock with the public entrance to the goods office via the door on the left
A Flower & Sons Ltd beer bottle label depicting the brewery in a very well kept state with railway wagons standing in the goods yard
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
A Flower & Sons Ltd beer bottle label depicting the brewery in a very well kept state with railway wagons standing in the goods yard

Lorries being loaded with bottled beer direct from the bottling plant's loading dock and of the barley house seen in the background
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Lorries being loaded with bottled beer direct from the bottling plant's loading dock and of the barley house seen in the background
Flower & Son Ltd's lorries standing in line with empty cases ready to take their turn in collecting bottled beer for local distribution
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Flower & Son Ltd's lorries standing in line with empty cases ready to take their turn in collecting bottled beer for local distribution
Flower & Son Ltd's lorries standing in line with empty cases ready to take their turn in collecting bottled beer for local distribution
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B England
A Flower & Sons Ltd beer bottle label depicting the brewery in a very well kept state with railway wagons standing in the goods yard
Stratford-upon-Avon Station in June 1964 with ex Great Western Railway 0-6-0 2251 class No 2211 departing on the 8:43am to Leamington
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TE Williams
Stratford-upon-Avon Station in June 1964 with ex Great Western Railway 0-6-0 2251 class No 2211 departing on the 8:43am to Leamington
Aerial close up showing Stratford on Avon station from the North with the connection to the shed and cattle market on the left
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TE Williams
Aerial close up showing Stratford on Avon station from the North with the connection to the shed and cattle market on the left

A response from Paddington received during the construction of the new Stratford-upon-Avon Station in October 1907
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R Ferris
A response from Paddington received during the construction of the new Stratford-upon-Avon Station in October 1907

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