Station Name: ASHEY RACECOURSE

 

[Source: Nick Catford]


Date opened: by April 1884
Location: A public footpath running south from Ashey Station follows the line of the branch passing the station site.
Company on opening: Ryde & Newport Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1929
Date closed completely: 1929
Company on closing: Southern Railway
Present state: Unknown
County: Isle of Wight
OS Grid Ref: SZ575886
Date of visit: 4.6.2005

Notes: From the down loop at Ashey Station a siding ran south to a chalk quarry under Ashey Down, this also served the adjacent Ashey Racecourse. Ashey and Ashey Racecourse Stations were particularly busy on race days in the years preceding 1929 when the grandstand was gutted by fire and the racecourse was abandoned. The station never appeared in a public timetable.

The 1919 Ordnance Survey map below clearly shows the quarry siding and the racecourse but the station is not shown. A station has been added to the map at what seems to be the most likely position, adjacent to the grandstand but there is no evidence to confirm this is the correct position.

The book 'Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations' (Oakwood Press 1982) lists the racecourse station and gives a National Grid Reference. However, although a 3 figure easting is quoted one figure has been omitted from the northing.

To see the other stations on the Isle of Wight Central Railway line click on the station name: Cowes, Mill Hill, Medina Wharf Halt,
Cement Mills Halt, Newport, Whippingham, Wootton, Havenstreet, Ashey, Ashey Racecourse, Newport Pan Lane, Shide, Blackwater, Merstone, Godshill, Whitwel, St. Lawrence, Ventnor West, Horringford, Newchurch & Alverstone

Click here for Isle of Wight station index



The probable site of Ashey Racecourse Station to the right of the hedge. The short branch to the quarry, which can be seen in the background, ran to the right of the field boundary. The grand stand was on the left side of the hedge. No evidence of the grandstand or the racecourse
survives on the site.
Photo by Nick Catford




[Source: Nick Catford]


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