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Bournville Station

LMS Route: Birmingham West Suburban Railway

Bournville Station was opened in 1876 on the Midland Railway's Birmingham and West Suburban Railway single track branch line as Stirchley Street and comprised a modest timber ticket office and platform. In 1880 the station name was changed to Stirchley Street and Bournville reflecting the Cadbury family's decision in 1879 to build their new chocolate factory and model village nearby under the direction of George Cadbury. The change of name occurred at a time when the Midland decided to use the the Birmingham and West Suburban Railway as an alternative means to gain access to New Street station from Gloucester and the station was upgraded to two platforms when the line was doubled in 1885.

This required the construction of a new southbound platform being erected in the very narrow space between the existing line and the Birmingham-Worcester canal hence the rather narrow platform! By 1888 in recognition of the importance of Bournville to the local economy the station name was changed again by placing the Bournville name first to read Bournville and Stirchley Street. By 1904 such was the fame of the Cadbury works and its complete domination of the local economy the Midland changed the station name again by removing the original name altogether with the station now simply Bournville. The station was never equipped with a goods yard or a set of sidings although the further development of industry in the area led to a number of private sidings being connected with the main line, the most famous being Cadbury's own extensive railway works.

Bournville Station (14) Bournville Shed (60)

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View of Bournville station with the main buildings being located on the up platform
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View of Bournville station with the main buildings being located on the up platform
Bournville's staff decorate the platform with flower beds, boxes and tubs
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Bournville's staff decorate the platform with flower beds, boxes and tubs
Close up showing Up platform buildings were in fact two joined together
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Close up showing Up platform buildings were in fact two joined together
View of Bournville station as seen from across the canal in the late 1950s
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View of Bournville station as seen from across the canal in the late 1950s
Bournville station photographed from the south on Sunday 11th March 1956
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Bournville station photographed from the south on Sunday 11th March 1956

An Edwardian view showing another view of the same side of the overbridge on Bournville Lane
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A view showing another view of the same side of the bridge on Bournville Lane
View of Cadbury's works and railway system seen from the station
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View of Cadbury's works and railway system seen from the station
The railway bridge over Bournville Lane and main station entrance, photographed on Monday 10th June 1963
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DJ Norton
The railway bridge over Bournville Lane and main station entrance
View from Bournville station looking south, with the bridge carrying Maryvale Road in the foreground
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DJ Norton
View looking south, with the bridge carrying Maryvale Road in the foreground
Bournville station, seen through the arch of the bridge carrying Maryvale Road, on Sunday 12th September 1954
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Bournville station, seen through the arch of the bridge carrying Maryvale Road

LMSR 4P 4-4-0 No 1025 photographed heading an eight coach train near Bournville on Wednesday 9th April 1930
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LMSR 4P 4-4-0 No 1025 seen heading an eight coach train near Bournville
LMSR 2P 4-4-0 No 365 photographed heading a seven coach train near Bournville on Wednesday 2nd October 1929
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LMSR 2P 4-4-0 No 365 seen heading a seven coach train near Bournville

Maps and Diagrams

View of the gradient post near Proof House Junction showing the change in the descent towards New Street station
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Midland Railway
Part of MR Distance Diagram dated 1913 showing the two routes south from New Street to Kings Norton
Location map of Bournville Station
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Location map of Bournville Station