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12964

Site Name: Bristol and Exeter Railway
Civil Parish: West Monkton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Brent Knoll, Bridgwater Without, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge, Burnham Without, Lympsham, Lyng, North Petherton, Pawlett, Puriton, West Huntspill, Bradford-on-Tone, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Creech St. Michael, Durston, Norton Fitzwarren, Nynehead, Oake, Sampford Arundel, Staplegrove, Wellington, Wellington Without, West Buckland
Comprises:
PRN 14660Railway station, Wellington
PRN 17096Crooked Lane Railway Bridge, Brent Knoll
PRN 17098Cripp's Bridge, Exeter to Bristol Railway, Brent Knoll
PRN 17100Brent Knoll Station, Bristol to Exeter Railway, Brent Knoll
PRN 18272Mail catching apparatus site, S of Bridgwater Station
PRN 18354Brean Road Halt
PRN 18360Creech St Michael Halt
PRN 18362Dunball Station
PRN 18369Highbridge GWR Station
PRN 18547Bridgwater Station
PRN 18574Railway water troughs, Creech St Michael
PRN 19899Railway mail catching apparatus, Poole, Wellington
PRN 22559Forty Steps footbridge, Taunton
PRN 22811Great Western Railway Wharf and Dock Branch, Bridgwater
PRN 27100A 361 bridge over railway, Durston
PRN 29207Whiteball tunnel, Stampford Tunnel
PRN 29878Staplegrove Road railway bridge, Taunton
PRN 29983Taunton railway station
PRN 40949Railway bridge and lodge adjoining on south front at NGR ST 1445 2174, Nynehead
Grid Ref: ST 324 556 (ST 35 NW) ST 324 520 (ST 35 SW) ST 323 480 (ST 34 NW) ST 315 420 (ST 34 SW) ST 308 373 (ST 33 NW) ST 332 320 (ST 33 SW) ST 310 288 (ST 32 NW) ST 270 254 (ST 22 NE) ST 220 256 (ST 22 NW) ST 190 254 (ST 12 NE) ST 170 239 (ST 12 SE) ST 130 212 (ST 12 SW) ST 108 193 (ST 11 NW) ST 093 181 (ST 01 NE)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. (The railway lines themselves are inaccessible to the public. Some stations along the line are still in use and accessible.). [Information last updated on 12 June 2006]

Details:

The Bristol and Exeter Railway raised capital in 1835 and obtained an act the following year. Work proceeded, engineered by Brunel, from both ends but was faster in the north which reached Bridgwater in June 1841 and Taunton a year later. A temporary terminus was established at Beam Bridge (ST108195) in 1843 until the line was completed to Exeter in 1844. The Taunton avoiding loop was added in 1896 and a line into the Royal Ordnance Factory (PRN 12502) in 1940. {1}

The line between Coagload Junction and Norton Fitzwarren was quadrupled in 1932 to reduce congestion in Taunton Station and as a government funded job-creation scheme during the depression. {4}

References:

1 Description - Madge, R. Somerset Railways.  (1984)
2 Historical reference - Isambard Kingdom Brunel GWR Sketchbook 15.  (1841) Available at University of Bristol Library Special Collections. Reference: DM162/8/1/3/GWR Sketchbook 15 [Ff 23, 29 digital: 1272, 1273]
3 Mention - Clinker, CR and Thoma, DSJ. A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain.  Vol. 1 (1960), 9-28.
4 Description - Nock, O S. The Great Western Railway in the Twentieth Century.  (1964), 133. Copy held in Somerset Studies at Somerset Heritage Centre.

Record created on 03 March 1999

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