Lavington Station

The recent ‘Steamy Saturday’ post has led to a number of enquiries. People want to know just where Lavington Station was and what it looked like.

We featured the station on February 24th of this year and you can see that post by clicking here.

In that post a train, almost identical to the Castle Class train in 2011, was passing through the station.

It should be remembered that Lavington Station was not in the parish of Market Lavington for it served the whole area.

Lavington Station shown on a 1938 map

This map shows the station close by the place where the main Devizes to Salisbury road (coloured red on the map) crosses the railway shown in black and white. The station was fairly convenient (which probably meant, back in the 1960s, not quite convenient enough) for Easterton, The Lavingtons and the Cheverells. With changes in travel habits, a station in the area could be viable again.

Let’s find another picture of the station – we have several at the museum.

Lavington Station - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

This photo has some memories recorded on it:

Siding on right used for war department for off loading field guns for ‘Peels Positions’ (Tilshead) during 14 – 18 war. I remember seeing remains of a gun in which a shell had exploded half way down the barrel.

Milk churns were loaded into siphons from this bank and later it was used for loading milk tankers. The latter would run down by gravity, when the brakes were released towards the goods shed. The Weymouth train, timed to leave at 6.18 had to set back across the single slip to pick them up.

Sadly unrecorded is who wrote these memories

The station site, perhaps a little ironically, is now a scrap car yard. On Saturday our photographer talked to a person working there who had precisely the same memory of the milk tankers being collected by the up Weymouth train having to back down to the goods shed.

We wonder what became of the station memorabilia. There must have been the smaller station signs and we’d imagine the signal box would have had a lovely cast iron sign saying ‘LAVINGTON SIGNAL BOX’. Such items would make a fine gift to the museum.

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5 Responses to “Lavington Station”

  1. John Burgess Says:

    A Mr Tucker used to be a signalman at Lavington station. He lived at Lavington Hill council houses. He and his son had a very elaborate model railway set up in one of their bed rooms. His love for railways was obvious.

  2. John Young Says:

    Does anyone know how the levers in Lavington Signalbox were labelled. I know how other railways had UP HOME, UP STARTER, UP DISTANT for example but what did the GW put on their levers? I have a friend with a garden railway who is currently installing signalling and wants to get it right.

  3. John Young Says:

    Problem solved. My brother in law has recently retired and is now a volunteer in the S&T department at the West Somerset Railway and is making enquiries for me.

  4. John Young Says:

    Regarding the loading dock where the milk tankers were loaded I recall helping load sugar beet from farm trailers into 10ton open wagons there in the 1950’s. The dock was also used for military vehicle loading/unloading and I can remember ‘Warflat’ wagons with their ends jacked to prevent them from tipping up when tanks were driven on or off over the ends. At that time they were driven by road through Littleton Pannell and West Lavington to access the Plain and a lot of damage was caused to walls. The house opposite the old West Lavington Post Office still bears witness to this where the corner of its wall has been reinforced with concrete.
    The loading dock was originally built as a cattle dock and the drainage channels for washing down after use were still evident until closure and demolition of the station.

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