Stow Railway Station – from steam age to millionaire’s paradise

LAST week we featured the former Stow-on-the-Wold Station, which has been converted into a family home and is now up for sale for £1.5million.

This week we are featuring some images and memories of the station prior to when it was decommissioned in 1962.

Built in the heyday of Victorian steam travel on the Great Western Banbury & Cheltenham Line and operating from 1881 until the Beeching closures in 1962, and it was then converted into a dwelling.

Situated about one and a half miles to the south, the station served Stow-on-the-Wold and its surrounding villages. 

It was taken over by the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Transport Commission on October 15, 1962.

There’s a wonderful video here from Parkinsons Walks, entitled: Abandoned Cheltenham to Banbury Railway:[embedded content]

Mike Rose posted these photos of the old station on the Days gone by in Stow on the Wold & the Villages Facebook page, and has given us his kind permission to include them here.
Several people commented on the post, sharing their memories of the station.
One person said: “Following Beeching I used to go and collect nuts and bolts off the line and sell them. It was hard work pushing a wheelbarrow up Stow hill.”
Another remembered catching the train to school from there.
She said: “I used to catch the 7.15am train to Kingham, change platforms and then catch a train to Oxford to go to the Oxford Central Girls School. This was January 1946. I would then do the journey in reverse at the end of the day.
“It was 2 shillings and 9p a day.”

READ MORE: Look inside old Cotswold railway station now £1.5m luxury home

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