This post was first published by My London on 09/06/2019.
11 abandoned South London railway stations no longer in use
The earliest opened in 1855.
In the 19th century travelling by train was the rage and people flocked in their thousands to hop aboard and travel to far away places.
As train travel became increasing accessible for the working classes, stations began popping up all across South London to service passengers’ needs.
Train travel became particularly popular for those that fancied a few days away in Brighton for example.
Over the decades though behaviours and technology changed, train stations that were once jam packed with excited travellers suddenly fell into disrepair.
So here are the 11 forgotten railway stations in South London that once sent thousands on their holidays
1. Addiscombe Station
The station opened way back in 1864 and eventually closed on May 31, 1997.
When it was built Addiscombe railway station had three platforms and was situated on Lower Addiscombe Road between Hastings Road and Grant Road.
The station was eventually demolished in 2001 to make way for the East India Way housing development.
2. Beddington Lane Station
When this station was operational it had more names than most people have had hot dinners.
As well as Beddington Lane Station it was known also known as Beddington and Beddington Lane Halt.
Opening in 1855 the station had a fine run until 1997 when it closed.
And if you were wondering where the station was located, then you need look no further that Beddington Lane tram stop which was built on the very same site.
3. Bingham Road Station
Bingham Road Station opened in September 1906 in Addiscombe and eventually closed down in 1983.
The station was moved (and renamed) to the south side of Bingham Hill during its time serving the people of Croydon.
Addiscombe tram stop is situated at Bingham Road station’s original position when it was known as Bigham Road Halt.
4. Brockley Lane Station
Brockley Lane station opened in 1872 and remained a fully working public station for 45 years before closing.
The station was located a short distance from where the overground station Brockley now stands.
Over recent years there have been talk of a new station in Brockley, possibly where Brockley Lane once stood.
5. Central Croydon
Many people have probably wondered to themselves why there is an East, West and South Croydon station but no North or Central.
Well, once upon a time there was a Central Croydon station but it was extremely short lived.
It originally opened in 1868 and then closed in 1871 only to then reopen in 1886 before closing permanently in 1890.
The Town Hall now stands on where the station once stood.
6.Selsdon Railway Station
The station opened as Selsdon Road in 1885 and closed in 1983.
in 1935 the station was electrified and renamed as Selsdon.
At one point there were four platforms at the station serving both the Woodside line and Oxted line.
7. Coombe Road Railway Station
Originally opening in 1885 as Coombe Lane the station lasted 22 years before closing in 1917.
In 1935 it was rebuilt and reopened before closing in 1983.
8. Honor Oak Railway Station
Not to be confused with Honor Oak Park as this was an entirely different station.
Honor Oak railway station opened in 1865 and closed for the final time in 1954.
Sadly no trace of the station remains.
9. Woodside Railway Station
Woodside railway station was opened in 1871 to serve Croydon racecourse which itself closed in 1890.
The station remained open until 1997 when the tram service took over.
10. Coulsdon North Railway Station
The station opened in 1899 and was originally called Stoat’s Nest and Cane Hill.
In 1911 the station was renamed Coulsdon and Smitham Downs before finally settling on Coulsdon North in 1923.
Coulsdon North finally closed in 1983.
11. Merton Park Railway Station
Merton Park railway station first opened in 1868 and closed in 1997.
The station had three platforms and served the West Croydon to Wimbledon Line and the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon Railway.
Most of the site is now used by the tram service.