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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Ashchurch Station

The final stop of the old Midland line from Malvern was Ashchurch, a village 2 miles east of Tewkesbury. Ashchurch was once an important junction station, linking the Malvern-Ashchurch branch, the Gloucester-Birmingham main line and the 'Gloucester Loop' line, a route which ran east through Evesham and Redditch before rejoining the main Birmingham line at Barnt Green.


The Tewkesbury platform of the original Ashchurch station was built in 1864 and was demolished along with the rest of the site after the station closed permanently in 1971. A new station was opened in 1997, albeit under the name 'Ashchurch for Tewkesbury'. This station occupies some of the original location, although the Tewkesbury line is completely gone and all that remains of the Evesham loop is a quarter-mile long spur which connect the MoD's vehicle storage warehouses with the railway network. In any case, it is still possible to catch a direct train from Great Malvern to Ashchurch, albeit through Worcester.


These pictures show Ashchurch Station during the 1950s, and come courtesy of R.M. Casserley. The station was a bizarre agglomeration of chords, crossings and sidings, with an odd wedge-shaped station serving the station's three lines. A similar style of building can still be seen today at Barnt Green, in north Worcestershire.

41061 approaches Ashchurch from the north. Note the peculiar flat level crossing where the Tewkesbury line crossed the Birmingham main line to join the Evesham Loop.
42326 crossing the Birmingham Main Line.
The view north-west along the Tewkesbury platform. The complex in the background is the Dowty Company's private sidings, which lay to the north of Ashchurch station. The company made aeronautical components and mining equipment.
The steel passenger footbridge at Ashchurch.

6 comments:

  1. Oh memories: we came on holiday from Nottingham to hire a boat on the river at Bathursts and got on the little train to Tewkesbury from Ashchurch. Then we moved to Tewkesbury (cos we loved it) and me, mum and dad (Horton family) worked at Dowty for many years. I live here again now after years of moving around for our jobs.

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    1. MalvernRailway9 July 2016 at 10:45

      Hello Patsy, thanks for sharing that! I've been meaning to put these pictures up for ages - the Dowty site looks really impressive in the old pictures. I'm going to have to put the Ashchurch pictures up slowly, I think, and probably put up some kind of map because the whole station was so confused it's often difficult to know what it is you're looking at!

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  2. The Footbridge at Ashchurch was a std Midland Railway steel structure with wooden footboards. Rgds Simon www.gwra.co.uk

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    1. MalvernRailway29 July 2016 at 23:21

      Thank you Simon, have updated!

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  3. The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway has some of the signage from Tewkesbury and Aschurch at their shed in Toddington. I believe that they used to occupy premises near the Ashchurch junction originally.

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    1. Hello DRW, I have got a picture of the old Malvern Wells sign from Toddington. Will need to pay the place a proper visit some time!

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