Station Name: BARNARD CASTLE (1st site)


[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 9.7.1856
Location: On the north side of Mayfield. The station is part of a residential development called Strathmore Court.
Company on opening: Darlington and Barnard Castle Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.5.1862
Date closed completely: 5.4.1965
Company on closing: Darlington and Barnard Castle Railway
Present state: The station building still stands, the front appears in original condition but other parts of the building have been substantially altered during the building of Strathmore Court. The portico from the station was removed in 1863 and taken to the Valley Gardens at Saltburn-by-the-Sea where it can still be seen.
County: Durham
OS Grid Ref: NZ053170
Date of visit: 1.8.2007 & 14.9.2007

Notes: From 1832 there were numerous proposals to build a branch line from Barnard Castle to the Stockton & Darlington Railway but these met stiff opposition from successive Dukes of Cleveland who owned most of the land around Barnard Castle. Eventually a Bill was approved in 1854 for a line from a junction with the S & D at Darlington to Barnard Castle.

The line was built by the Darlington and Barnard Castle Railway opening on 9th July 1856 with intermediate stations at Broomielaw, Winston, Gainford & Piercebridge. The terminus at Darlington only lasted five years.  In 1856 the South Durham & Lancashire Railway proposed a line from Bishop Auckland to Tebay via Barnard Castle and Kirkby Stephen but only the western section was built with the Company receiving its Bill in 1857.  The line opened on 8th August 1861 from a second terminus at Barnard Castle to a junction with the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway at Tebay with intermediate stations at Lartington, Bowes, Barras, Kirkby Stephen, Ravenstondale & Gaisgill.

The two stations at Barnard Castle were some distance apart necessitating a long walk. To alleviate this, the SD & LR station became a through station on 1.5.1862 and on the same day the original terminus was closed to passengers. After closure to passengers the station remained in use as a goods depot.

Barnard Castle lost its passenger service on 30th November 1964 but the goods service was retained until 5th April 1965.

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The station frontage in September 2007
Photo by Nick Catford

Barnard Castle first station in August 2007. The building has been extended and altered. The railway tracks were between the camera and the building
Photo by Roy Lambeth

The portico from Barnard Castle Station was moved to Valley Gardens at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in 1863

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[Source: Nick Catford]

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