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GWR Route: Moreton-in-Marsh to Shipston-on-Stour

Stretton on Fosse Station

Situated some 4 miles 12 chains from Moreton-in-Marsh, Stretton-on-Fosse was a small, single-platform station with a small, prefabricated building which, according to Messrs. Jenkins and Carpenter, was 'similar to others erected at various places throughout the GWR system during the 1880s'. The passenger platform was about 170 feet long with a small cottage adjacent for the railway staff and families. Platform equipment included a single bench seat, two station nameboards (later reduced to one) and a selection of porter's barrows. Stretton-on- Fosse as a station did not first appear in the timetables when the line re-opened in July 1889 but passenger trains did call by request at the adjacent Golden Cross Inn until the station was completed in November 1892.

They continue, 'the station was served by a single, dead-end siding which could accommodate approximately six short-wheel base wagons and which was accessed by a two-lever ground frame locked by a key attached to the wooden train staff. Because the siding trailed in the down direction, it was normally accessed by trains bound for Shipston-on-Stour. However, southbound trains were permitted to stop short of the siding in order that loaded wagons could be detached. The locomotive and passenger vehicle(s) would then draw forward into the platform and, after the guard had operated the points, the wagons were gravitated into the goods yard'. The station closed to passenger services on 8th July 1929 and to goods traffic in May 1941.

  1903 1913 1923 1933
Passenger tickets issued 2589 2631 1814 -
Season tickets issued * * - -
Parcels forwarded 1224 2799 1700 276
General goods forwarded (tons) 167 522 90 27
Coal and coke received (tons) 8 12 - -
Other minerals received (tons) 109 630 2617 63
General goods received 75 202 225 25
Trucks of livestock handled - - - -
* not available       v

Passenger, parcels, goods and livestock figures courtesy of Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith in their book Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh: Including the Shipston-on-Stour Branch published by Middleton Press.

Stretton on Fosse looking towards Morton in the Marsh with the single siding on the left complete with loading gauge
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Anon
Looking towards Morton in the Marsh with the single siding on the left complete with loading gauge
Stretton-on-Fosse looking north towards Shipston-on-Stour with the loading gauge minus its profile ironwork
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DS Barrie
Looking north towards Shipston-on-Stour with the loading gauge minus its profile ironwork
Close up showing the station building towards the end of its life as a passenger facility
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DS Barrie
Close up showing the station building looking tired towards the end of its life as a passenger facility
Looking towards Shipston-on-Stour with a covered five-plank wagon standing in the siding awaiting collection by the next Moreton-in-Marsh bound train
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Anon
Looking towards Shipston-on-Stour with a covered five-plank wagon standing in the siding awaiting collection
Close up showing the covered wagon standing in the siding with two platelayers huts standing behind the buffer stops
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Anon
Close up of the covered wagon standing in the siding with two platelayers huts standing behind the buffers

View of the station showing the two station name boards later reduced to one name board and at the end of the single siding the original PW hut
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Lens of Sutton
The two station name boards later reduced to one name board and at the end of the siding the original PW hut
View of the Golden Cross Hotel, the gateway to the goods yard and the weighbridge office
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D Burge
View of the Golden Cross Hotel, the gateway to the goods yard and the weighbridge office
View of the weighbridge and office at the entrance of the goods yard with the Golden Cross Hotel adjacent to the station
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Stretton Local History Group
The weighbridge and office at the entrance of the goods yard with the Golden Cross Hotel adjacent to the station
Looking towards Shipston-on-Stour in Edwardian days when Charles Cotton was station master
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Looking towards Shipston-on-Stour in Edwardian days when Charles Cotton was station master
Looking north towards Shipston-on-Stour with the ground frame and point levers seen at the end of the platform
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Lens of Sutton
Looking north towards Shipston with the ground frame and point levers seen at the end of the platform

Close up showing the platform cluttered with a range of items reflecting the needs of a single platform station
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the platform cluttered with a range of items reflecting the needs of a single platform station
Close up showing the point rodding running in front of the station before passing beneath the platform wall
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Close up showing the point rodding running in front of the station before passing beneath the platform wall
The station building some eighteen years after it closed to passenger traffic and six years to goods traffic
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JH Russell
The station building some eighteen years after it closed to passenger traffic and six years to goods traffic
Close up of the closed station building which shows on the left the booking office and on the right the waiting room
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JH Russell
Close up of the closed station building which shows on the left the booking office and on the right the waiting room
Another 1947 view of the closed station showing the rail connections still in place two years after goods traffic had ceased
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JH Russell
Another 1947 view of the closed station and siding still in place two years after goods traffic had ceased

The station, now closed to both passenger and goods services, is seen on 2nd July 1953
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D Lawrence
The station, now closed to both passenger and goods services, is seen on 2nd July 1953
A view of Stretton-on-Fosse Level Crossing showing the overlapping gates and the adjacent station masters house
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PJ Garland
A view of Stretton-on-Fosse Level Crossing's overlapping gates and the adjacent station masters house
View of the station showing the two station name boards later reduced to one name board and at the end of the single siding the original PW hut
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PJ Garland
Ex-MSWJR 2-4-0 No 1335, on a SLS special, stands at Stretton on Fosse station on 31st August 1952
An aerial view of the station after the passenger services had ceased and the goods siding lifted
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Stretton Local History Group
An aerial view of the station after the passenger services had ceased and the goods siding lifted
A view of the 'Pump' trolley and its companion trolley which was stored in siding at Stretton-on-Fosse in 1947
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JH Russell
A view of the 'Pump' trolley and its companion trolley which was stored in siding at Stretton-on-Fosse in 1947

Table showing the number of passengers, parcels, and different types of goods using the station 1903-33
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GWR
Table showing the number of passengers, parcels, and different types of goods using the station 1903-33

Ordnance survey map showing the orientation of Stretton-on-Fosse station and goods yard to the Golden Cross Inn
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Ordance Survey
Ordnance survey map showing the orientation of Stretton-on-Fosse station and goods yard to the Golden Cross Inn
A map showing the location of Stretton on Fosse on the Moreton in Marsh to Shipston on Stour line
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Ordance Survey
A map showing the location of Stretton on Fosse on the Moreton in Marsh to Shipston on Stour line
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station surveyed in 1885 published in 1886
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Ordance Survey
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station surveyed in 1885 published in 1886
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station updated in 1900 published in 1903
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Ordance Survey
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station updated in 1900 published in 1903
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station updated in 1921 published in 1924
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Ordance Survey
An Ordnance Survey map of Stretton on Fosse station updated in 1921 published in 1924