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Somerset Historic Environment Record

23086

Site Name: Oakhill Brewery railway, Ashwick
Civil Parish: Ashwick, Binegar
Grid Ref: ST 632 472 (ST 64 NW) ST 617 493 (ST 64 NW)
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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. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

Railway built in 1904 to cope with output from the Oakhill Brewery (PRN 23081). It was 2ft 6in gauge and the line struck SW across the fields from the brewery to the Bristol-Shepton Mallet road, which it crossed on the level. It then kept alongside the main road, past the Mendip Inn, turned W along an old lane, and was finally carried across Binegar Bottom on an embankment and bridge, to a large shed in a goods yards at Binegar station. Two little saddle tank engines, "Mendip" and "Oakhill", hauled trains of long low trucks piled with barrels. Photographs survive, and traces of the line can still be seen but mostly it is destroyed. {1}

Probable route plotted from AP. {2}

The railway closed at the start of the First World War and the track was lifted in 1921. {3}

References:

1 Mention - Atthill, R. Old Mendip (1971), 162-3
2 Aerial photographs - HSL 71 124 Run 61E 5564. (14/07/1971) Location: Local Studies collection at Somerset Heritage Centre.
3 Description - Oakley, M. Somerset Railway Stations. (2002), 22

Record created in April 1985

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