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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Hatton Station: gwrsa4006

GWR Land survey plan c1885 of the land acquired by the Stratford Railway to build the Birmingham Road Station

Great Western Railway Land survey plan initially drawn 1884 – 1885. The plan shows the land acquired by the Stratford Railway to build their Birmingham Road terminus station at Stratford-upon-Avon. This was at the end of their single line branch from the junction with the Birmingham & Oxford Junction Railway at Hatton. The plan also shows the extension opened on 24th July 1861 to connect the Stratford Railway to the West Midland Railway’s (ex Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway’s) branch from Honeybourne. The new Through (Alcester Road) Station for Stratford-upon-Avon is just on the edge of the plan (top left). Once this had been constructed the old Birmingham Road terminus became the Goods Depot for the town.

The plan records that in 1868 the Stratford Railway Company purchased land from the brewers ‘Flowers and Sons’ on the north edge of the old Birmingham Road terminus, while on the south side several parcels of land alongside the Canal (hatched Blue) were sold in 1876 to the Stratford-upon-Avon Gas Company. Both the Brewery and Gas Company had private sidings. The engine turntable specified in the Board of Trade Requirements (see 'gwrhj4003') can be seen close to the boundary with the Brewery.

Robert Ferris