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Kenilworth Station

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Kenilworth Station saw its first fare paying passenger on 9th December 1844 when the Coventry to Leamington (Milverton) single branch line was opened. The only intermediate station on the route, Kenilworth station, was 'Italianate' in style and had a pitched roof that also covered the platform supported by ornate cantilevered brackets. The structure was designed by the L & B resident engineer, Robert Dockray. The traffic levels were originally thought to be easily handled by one locomotive, an estimate soon apparently wrong. The traffic levels forced the London & Birmingham Railway Company (L&B), later the London North Western Railway Company (LNWR), to provide within a year of opening both a passing loop, sidings and a second platform at Kenilworth. In the summer of 1872 a siding was laid into Whitemoor Brickworks. By 1881 the coal shed is known to have been erected in what was then the coal yard, this being positioned at the Coventry end of the station, whereas the good yard, a much smaller affair was at the Leamington end of the station.

Traffic grew to such an extent, both directly for the area as well as being an alternative through route avoiding the L & B and Trent Valley lines, that the lines were doubled from what became Kenilworth Junction to Rugby via Leamington. In addition, because Leamington had become a fashioable outer suburb to Birmingham a cut off was initiated to avoid Coventry by the development of a double track from just North of Kenilworth to Berkswell station. This increase in traffic warranted the building of a new station which was duly completed in 1883. The rebuilding also embraced remodelling of the station's layout which saw the location of the goods yard and coal yard reversed. The goods yard becoming the coal yard and vice-a-versa. The original 1844 station structure wasn't however completely lost because as recorded by Robin Leach the Kings Arms' Assembly Rooms required a much more suitable entrance and the sandstone facade of the original station was incorporated into the new frontage on Station Road. The station was close to goods traffic on 4 January 1965 and passenger traffic on 18th January 1965.

People interested in learning more about Kenilworth Station could do no better than read Robin Leach's book 'Rails to Kenilworth and Milverton' (1999) and his earlier piece 'Kenilworth's Railway Age' (1985) both published by Odibourne Press.

Select an image below to view the larger version with accompanying text:

View of the original Kenilworth station with single platform being opened on Monday 9th December 1844 a few months after it had been built
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London Illustrated News
View of the original Kenilworth station, with single platform, being opened on Monday 9th December 1844
View of the station approach to Kenilworth's new 1884 Gothic style station showing the impressive canopy providing protection
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Helen Scott Collection
View of the approach road to Kenilworth's new 1884 Gothic style station and impressive canopy providing protection
Another view of Kenilworth's replacement station showing the architectural features used in the walls, window openings, doorways and chimneys
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Helen Scott Collection
Another view of the second station and its architectural features used in the windows, doorways and chimneys
View of the approach to Kenilworth station from the recently created junction of Priory Road and Waverley Road with Station Road
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Helen Scott Collection
View of the approach to the station from the junction of Priory Road and Waverley Road with Station Road
Another view of the approach to Kenilworth station from the junction of Priory and Waverley Roads showing the weigh bridge and office on the left
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Helen Scott Collection
Another view of the approach to the station, with weigh bridge and office, sen just past the gate on the left

Close up showing the gated entrance to Kenilworth station showing the weigh bridge and offices in front of the very tall signal box
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Helen Scott Collection
Close up showing the gated entrance to the station with weigh bridge and offices in front of the tall signal box
Another view of the exterior of Kenilworth station now having been stripped of its glazing to the forecourt canopy as a wartime precaution
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Real Photos
Another view of the exterior of the station now stripped of its glazing to the canopy as a wartime precaution
A late 1950s view of the exterior of Kenilworth station showing the whole of the canopy structure removed and exposing the ornate brickwork
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Anon
A late 1950s view of the exterior of Kenilworth station with the canopy removed exposing the ornate brickwork
A 1959 Exterior view of Kenilworth station's front facade after being cut back in 1957 together with other work to help maintain the station
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A Searle
A 1959 Exterior view of the station's facade after being cut back together with other work maintaining the station
Internal view of the booking hall and panelled facade to the booking clerk's offices with two windows provided for the sale of tickets
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P Kingston
Internal view of the booking hall and panelled facade to the booking clerk's offices with two windows provided

An internal view of the booking hall looking towards the platforms showing the station's tiled walls and stained glass windows
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K Blackham
Internal view of the booking hall looking outwards showing the station's tiled walls and stained glass windows
A 1959 interior view of Kenilworth station's magnificent booking showing the roof of the booking office and the ornamental roof
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A Searle
A 1959 interior view of the station's booking office showing the roof and the ornamental roof
View along Kenilworth station's down platform showing the station master's office, booking hall and waiting room on the left
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P Kingston
View along the down platform showing the station master's office, booking hall and waiting room on the left
Looking towards Coventry along the up platform from the Warwick end of the station showing the extent of the 600 foot long platforms
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry along the up platform showing the full extent of the 600 foot long platforms
Looking towards Warwick along the down platform from the Coventry end of the station showing on the left the new housing estate
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Anon
Looking to Warwick from the Coventry end of the down platform showing on the left the new housing estate

A late Victorian view of Kenilworth station from the up platform looking towards Warwick Milverton with station staff posed on both platforms
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W Kimberley / G Whiteman
Victorian view of the station from the up platform looking towards Warwick with station staff posed on both platforms
Close up showing Kenilworth station's new up platform with ornate Gothic architecture and column mounted glazed platform canopy
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W Kimberley / G Whiteman
Close up of the station's new up platform with its ornate Gothic architecture and glazed platform canopy
Close up of Kenilworth station's down platform and distinctive signal box which was necessary to control both of the station's yards
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W Kimberley / G Whiteman
Close up of the station's distinctively tall signal box which was necessary to control both of the station's yards
View of Kenilworth station's distinctive tall signal box and the main station building which were located on the down platform
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Anon
A later view of the distinctively tall signal box and the main station building which were located on the down platform
Kenilworth station looking towards Coventry along the up platform showing that only the down platform canopy had its glazing removed
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Real Photos
Looking to Coventry along the up platform showing that only the down platform canopy had its glazing removed

An unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive is seen entering Kenilworth station at the head of an up mixed stock express service
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Anon
An unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive at the head of an express enters the station
Close up showing Kenilworth station's elegant and ornate canopy ironwork complemented by the Gothic arches to the windows and doors
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Anon
Close up of the elegant and ornate canopy complemented by the Gothic arches to the windows and doors
View of Kenilworth station as an unidentified LNWR 2-4-2T tank engine brings a local passenger service to a halt at the up platform
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Helen Scott Collection
An unidentified LNWR 2-4-2T tank engine brings a local passenger service to a halt at the up platform
An unidentified ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class locomotive is seen passing through Kenilworth station whilst at the head of an excursion working
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G Coltas
An unidentified ex-LNWR 4-4-0 Precursor class locomotive passes through the station at the head of an excursion
Close up of Kenilworth station's general goods yard and goods shed with an assortment of mineral wagons and oil tankers in the yard
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G Coltas
Close up of of the general goods yard and shed with an assortment of mineral wagons and oil tankers in the yard

A 1959 view of Kenilworth station's goods yard with the goods shed in the centre and the weighbridge office and  stables on the right
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A Searle
A 1959 view of the goods yard with the shed in the centre and the weighbridge office and stables on the right
An unidentified LNWR 0-6-0 'Coal Engine' is seen standing at the down platform at the head of a local passenger service to Coventry
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G Coltas
An unidentified LNWR 0-6-0 'Coal Engine' stands on the down platform at the head of a local service to Coventry
An unknown ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' locomotive pilots an unknown LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotives as they run light towards Coventry in 1937
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G Coltas
Unknown ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' and unknown LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotives running light to Coventry in 1937
Coventry Pneumatic Railcar No 3 is seen passing through Kenilworth station on its way to Nuneaton via Coventry
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G Coltas
Coventry Pneumatic Railcar No 3 is seen passing through Kenilworth station on its way to Nuneaton via Coventry
Looking in the direction of Coventry with the 'Station Steps' footbridge in the near distance which replaced the private level crossing
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Anon
Looking to Coventry and the 'Station Steps' footbridge which replaced the private level crossing

Close up showing an unidentified former Midland locomotive on an up goods service standing in the departure siding of Kenilworth's goods yard
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G Coltas
Close up of an unidentified ex-MR locomotive on an up goods service standing in the goods yard
A 1959 aerial view of Kenilworth showing the station in the centre, Waverley Road on the left and the closed Whitemoor Brickworks
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J Webster
A 1959 aerial view of showing the station in the centre, on the left Waverley Road & the closed Whitemoor Brickworks
Close up of Kenilworth station and yards with some thirty coal wagons alone standing in the Coal Yard which lies nearest to the camera
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J Webster
Close up showing some thirty coal wagons alone standing in the Coal Yard which lies nearest to the camera
Close up showing the 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive's train with five non-passenger vehicles being placed ahead of three passenger vehicles
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Anon
Close up showing the 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive's train and five non-passenger vehicles
Close up of the immaculate unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive as it passes through Kenilworth station's down platform
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Anon
Close up of the unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 Improved Precedent class locomotive passing through the station

Ex-Midland Railway 2F 0-6-0 No 3704 is seen about to depart Kenilworth on an up local passenger service to Leamington on 28th August 1936
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G Coltas
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3704 departs from Kenilworth on an up local service to Leamington on 28th August 1936
LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 1157 is seen passing through Kenilworth whilst at the head of an up semi-fast express service on 28th August 1936
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G Coltas
LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 1157 passes through the station on an up semi-fast express service
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6653 is seen sandwiched in the centre of a four coach push-pull train on a local service from Nuneaton to Leamington
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6653 in the centre of a four coach push-pull train on a local service to Leamington
Close up showing the driver standing in the cab and controlling the train via vacuum operated linkages to the locomotive in the centre of the train
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G Coltas
Close up showing the driver in the cab and controlling the train via vacuum operated linkages to the locomotive
Close up showing steam escaping from the whistle of ex-LNWR 2-4-2T 'Precursor Tank' No 6653 as it warns of its approach to the station
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G Coltas
Close up showing the whistle of ex-LNWR 2-4-2T No 6653 in action as it approaches Kenilworth station

Ex-Midland Railway 2F 0-6-0 No 3347 is seen running tender first as it passes through Kenilworth station on an up pick goods service
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G Coltas
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3347 runs tender first as it passes through Kenilworth station on an up pick goods service
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 25319 'Bucephalus' stands at the up platform with a Leamington to Coventry local passenger service
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 25319 'Bucephalus' with a Leamington to Coventry local passenger service
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9349 is seen heading a long mineral train out of Kenilworth goods yard en-route for Milverton and Leamington
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9349 heads a long mineral train out of Kenilworth goods yard en-route for Leamington
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8413 is seen at the head of a close coupled four coach local service from Nuneaton to Leamington
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8413 at the head of a close coupled four coach local service from Nuneaton to Leamington
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6749 is running bunker first on a four-coach service as it passes the siding to the Whitemoor Brickworks in 1938
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6749 runs bunker first on a four-coach service passing Whitemoor Brickworks sidings

A pair of ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8519 and No 8430 are seen leaving Kenilworth station at the head a local passenger service
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G Coltas
A pair of ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 locomotives are seen leaving Kenilworth station at the head a local passenger service
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 'Precursor class' No 25300 'Hydra' is seen passing Cherry Orchard Brickworks on a four-coach local passenger service
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 No 25300 'Hydra' passes Cherry Orchard Brickworks on a four-coach local passenger service
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6749 is running bunker first as it passes Whitemoor Brickworks with a local passenger service to Leamington
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6749 is running bunker first as it passes the Brickworks on a local service to Leamington
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 5300 'Hydra' is arriving at Kenilworth with steam escaping from the safety valves whilst on a local service
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 5300 'Hydra' arrives at Kenilworth on a local service to Leamington
Ex-LNWR 4P 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 5667 'Zamiel' is seen passing Whitemoor Brickworks on a four-coach local service to Leamington
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GW Bishop
Ex-LNWR 4P 4-6-0 No 5667 'Zamiel' passes Whitemoor Brickworks on a four-coach local service to Leamington

View from Whitemoor Road bridge of an unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' locomotive passing Cherry Orchard Brickworks
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GW Bishop
View from Whitemoor Road bridge of an unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' locomotive
View from 'station steps' footbridge of an unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower locomotive passing the gated Whitemoor Brickworks sidings
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GW Bishop
View from 'station steps' footbridge of another unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower locomotive
Close up showing seven plank railway wagons including a Coventry Colliery Private Owner vehicle in the yard of Cherry Orchard Brickworks
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G Coltas
Close up showing railway wagons including a Coventry Colliery Private Owner vehicle in the Brickworks
Looking towards Coventry as Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0  No 46447 is seen marshalling a train of engineer wagons following the closure of the yard
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R Sharratt
Looking towards Coventry as 2MT 2-6-0 No 46447 marshals P & W wagons following the closure of the yard
Ex-LNWR 2P 4-6-0 Experiment class No 5534 'Bedfordshire' having just past Kenilworth station is seen hauling an up coal train towards Leamington
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Helen Scott Collection
Ex-LNWR 2P 4-6-0 Experiment class No 5534 'Bedfordshire' has just passed Kenilworth station with an up coal train

An unidentified ex-LNWR tank engine has just passed under Leamington Road bridge as it heads a local passenger service to Coventry
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Helen Scott Collection
An unidentified ex-LNWR tank engine has just passed under Leamington Road bridge on a local service to Coventry
General layout of Kenilworth station and yards with the up line at the top proceeding to Leamington and the down line at the bottom for Coventry
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R Preston-Hendry
General layout of Kenilworth station and yards with the up line at the top proceeding to Leamington
Close up showing the walled in general goods yard with goods shed to the left of the approach road and the Coal yard to the right
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R Preston-Hendry
Close up showing the walled in general goods yard with the shed to the left and the Coal yard to the right
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Coventry No 1 Signal Box and Leamington Avenue
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Coventry No 1 signal box and Leamington Avenue