Watton railway station

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Watton
Location
Place Watton
Area Norfolk
Operations
Original company Thetford and Watton Railway [1]
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms2
History
18 Oct 1869Opened as
Watton [1]
1 Jul 1923Renamed
Watton (Norfolk)
15 Jun 1964Closed for passengers
19 April 1965closed for freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Watton railway station was located in Watton, Norfolk. It was on the Great Eastern Railway line between Swaffham and Thetford, and closed for passengers in 1964 and freight in 1965 as part of the Beeching Axe.

Watton, Norfolk market town in the district of Breckland within the English county of Norfolk

Watton is a market town in the district of Breckland within the English county of Norfolk. The A1075 Dereham-Thetford road and the B1108 Brandon-Norwich Road meet at a crossroads here, where the town developed, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Norwich.

Norfolk County of England

Norfolk is a county in East Anglia in England. It borders Lincolnshire to the northwest, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest, and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea and, to the north-west, The Wash. The county town is Norwich. With an area of 2,074 square miles (5,370 km2) and a population of 859,400, Norfolk is a largely rural county with a population density of 401 per square mile. Of the county's population, 40% live in four major built up areas: Norwich (213,000), Great Yarmouth (63,000), King's Lynn (46,000) and Thetford (25,000).

Great Eastern Railway pre-grouping British railway company

The Great Eastern Railway (GER) was a pre-grouping British railway company, whose main line linked London Liverpool Street to Norwich and which had other lines through East Anglia. The company was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

Preceding stationDisused railwaysFollowing station
Holme Hale
Line and station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
Bury and Thetford (Swaffham Branch)
  Stow Bedon
Line and station closed

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References

  1. 1 2 Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN   978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC   60251199.

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