Station Name: BISHOPSTONE BEACH HALT

 

[Source: Nick Catford]


Date opened: 1.6.1864
Location: On the west side of Mill Drove
Company on opening: London Brighton & South Coast Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.1.1942
Date closed completely: 1.1.1942
Company on closing: Southern Railway
Present state: The line into Seaford has been singled and the down platform remains intact with no track running thorough it.. The edge stones on the up platform have been removed but the concrete support of the station sign is still in place.
County: Sussex
OS Grid Ref: TQ462004
Date of visit: September 1982 & 5.6.2005

Notes: Bishopstone Beach Station was built for the residents of Tide Mills village. It was sited on the branch to Seaford which was single track until 1904 with a platform on the south side. A second platform was added when the line was doubled. A siding ran to the tide mills which was worked by the Newhaven Harbour Companies locomotive. The tide mills ceased grinding in 1883, the store house remaining in use until 1900 after which the siding was lifted.

In August 1922 the station was renamed Bishopstone Halt. There was formerly a signal box at the Seaford end of the down platform controlling the level crossing and sidings which was removed about 1922. When a new station was opened at Bishopstone on 26th September 1938 the station was renamed Bishopstone Beach Halt, it was then used in the summer only.

Tide Mills village was evacuated about 1940 when the Royal Navy took over the harbour. The halt was closed from 1st January 1942 although the last train stopped at the halt at the end of the summer in 1941.

Although closed in 1942 a 'special' stopped at the station in the 1970's for a Newhaven Historical Society Outing. The line was singled again in 1975.



Bishopstone Beach Halt looking east in September 1982
P
hoto by Nick Catford




Bishopstone Beach Halt in July 1947


Bishopstone Beach Halt looking west in June 2005
P
hoto by J Turner


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[Source: Nick Catford]

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