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Monument details

HER Number:TR 14 NE 10
Type of record:Monument
Name:Elham Valley Line

Summary

Now disused, the Elham Valley railway line ran from Cheriton Junction, 1.12 miles west of Shorncliffe, to Harbledown Junction, 1.5 miles south of Canterbury West. It opened northwards as far as Barham (TR 20 49) on 4th July 1887 and throughout on 1st July 1889 but passenger traffic was always light, and in later years suffered heavily from bus competition along the parallel road, though agricultural traffic used to be heavy. Singled during the first world war, partly closed to passengers in the second, the branch was finally closed to passengers from 16th June and altogether from 10th October 1947.


Grid Reference:TR 1707 4712
Map Sheet:TR14NE
Parish:BARHAM, CANTERBURY, KENT
BEKESBOURNE-WITH-PATRIXBOURNE, CANTERBURY, KENT
BISHOPSBOURNE, CANTERBURY, KENT
BRIDGE, CANTERBURY, KENT
CANTERBURY, CANTERBURY, KENT
KINGSTON, CANTERBURY, KENT
ELHAM, SHEPWAY, KENT
LYMINGE, SHEPWAY, KENT
NEWINGTON, SHEPWAY, KENT

Monument Types

  • RAILWAY (RAILWAY, Post Medieval to Modern - 1887 AD to 1947 AD)

Full description

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[TR 191 368 to TR 136 573] Dismantled railway [NAT] (1)

The Elham Valley railway line ran from Cheriton Junction, 1.12 miles west of Shorncliffe, to Harbledown Junction, 1.5 miles south of Canterbury West. It opened northwards as far as Barham (TR 20 49) on 4th July 1887 and throughout on 1st July 1889 but passenger traffic was always light, and in later years suffered heavily from bus competition along the parallel road, though agricultural traffic used to be heavy. Singled during the first world war, partly closed to passengers in the second, the branch was finally closed to passengers from 16th June and altogether from 10th October 1947. (2)


<1> OS Card / NAR index entry, OS 1:50000 1986 (Unpublished document). SKE6461.


<2> OS Card / NAR index entry, Regional Hist of Rlys of GB 2 S Eng 1969 67 (HP White) (Unpublished document). SKE6461.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. OS 1:50000 1986.
<2>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. Regional Hist of Rlys of GB 2 S Eng 1969 67 (HP White).

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