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1948 aerial photograph of Stourport. The station is at top centre, the SVRSevern Valley Railway passing from left (Bewdley) to right (Hartlebury). The River Severn, Stourport Power Station (plus sidings), and canal basins on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal are also visible. Image from Britain from Above
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Towards Hartlebury Towards Shrewsbury
Hartlebury (3 miles) Bewdley (2½ miles)
via Burlish Halt (from 1930)

Stourport Station was located 3 miles from Hartlebury and 37¾ miles from Shrewsbury. It was considered one of the principal stations on the line, with two platforms and a passing loop from opening in 1862 as well as a small goods yard and goods shed. The station building was almost identical to those at Bewdley and Buildwas. The location of the station just a short way north of the town made it perhaps the most convenient of the Severn Valley Railway’s stations relative to the town it served.[1]

Stourport Station history

The original layout of the station can be seen in the map below, dating from 1885. The line through Stourport ran east-west, with the goods yard being situated to the east of the station and south of the line. The map also shows Minster Road level crossing to the west and the canal to the east

In 1885, additional sidings were installed north of the line connecting to a newly built basin on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. Around this time the GWRGreat Western Railway also built two new interlocked signal boxes at each end of the station; these were named Stourport North and Stourport South, referring to the overall direction of travel rather than the geography of the station itself. From late 1887 the double line between the boxes was worked under absolute block regulations.[2]

From opening, the line was crossed by a footway just east of the station. In 1889 the GWRGreat Western Railway sought permission to close the footway, but following a petition from the Kidderminster Highways Board, they agreed in October 1890 to erect a footbridge at a cost of £600.[3]

A level crossing was situated immediately to the west of the station. Construction of the Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway was authorised in 1896. The tramway ran along Minster Road, crossing the railway at Stourport via the level crossing at a skew angle. During the tramway's construction, the GWRGreat Western Railway took the opportunity to extend the passing loop beyond the level crossing at a cost of £349, of which the Tramway company reimbursed £202.[3] The OSOrdnance Survey map below dating from 1902 shows the canal basin and sidings, the two signal boxes (S.B.), the 1890 footbridge (F.B.) and the route of the Tramway through the level crossing. There is also an additional siding in the goods yard. The second illustration below, the GWRGreat Western Railway Worcester Division Station Plan of Stourport, 1905, shows giving siding capacities and other details.

A steam railmotor was trialled between Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport on 29 December 1904. A full service using two railmotors was introduced on the same section on 2 January 1905, also calling at Foley Park Halt which opened the same day.[4]

On 11 April 1913 the GWRGreat Western Railway authorised the construction of further sidings west of the station.[3] OSOrdnance Survey Maps after that time suggest these were accessed from the south only, with no north-facing connection at the north end. The two southernmost sidings faced the station and appear to have been accessed via a long head-shunt. These can be seen on the 1920s maps below. A wagon turntable has also been added at the canal basin.

GWR staff records for 1922 show the station had a staff of 28.

In 1927 the GWRGreat Western Railway Engineering Department reported that "improvements are being made" at Stourport.[5] In 1929 the sidings west of the station were extended to form the Burlish Branch, serving the works of the Steatite and Porcelain Products Company. In 1930 it was announced that "A warehouse is to be constructed at Stourport station"[6]

The Civil Parish of Stourport was renamed "Stourport-on-Severn" in 1934 (see 'The town of Stourport' below). Stourport station was similarly renamed in the same year.[7][note 1]

On 11 February 1937 the GWRGreat Western Railway General Manager authorised the plan for construction of a new 60ft x 24ft warehouse[note 2] in the goods yard at a cost of £420. This was located at the west end of the yard (nearest the station buildings) at the end of a siding (labelled "C" on the 1938 map below).

The Shropshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire Electric Power Co built a power station at Stourport after the First World War. However a direct rail connection to the Severn Valley Railway was only opened in 1940, coal deliveries before then being mainly via the River Severn or the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. Once opened, the rail connection remained until January 1981, prolonging the life of the southern end of the Severn Valley Railway. The extract from Ordnance Survey Map SO87, surveyed 1938 - 1949, published 1951, shows the branch line between Stourport Power Station (bottom) and Stourport Station (marked ‘Sta’). The line continues northwards towards Burlish Halt (top).

Stourport South Signal Box closed in April 1951, with the former Stourport North Signal Box becoming simply Stourport Signal Box.[8]

A 1960 BRBritish Rail or British Railways list of Loops and Refuge Sidings gave the capacities at Stourport as 29 wagons in the UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) Relief Siding, 24 in the Crossing Loop, 38 in the DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) Goods Loop, and 45 in the DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) Park Loop.(All plus engine and brake van).[9] The goods yard was closed on 1 February 1965.[10] BRBritish Rail or British Railways ended passenger services over the Stourport Branch with effect from 6 January 1970.

The station was decommissioned and demolished in 1984.[11] The area it formerly occupied is now part of a housing estate and no trace remains.

Early Station Masters

Early Station Masters at Stourport prior to 1939
Name Born From To Comments
Isaac Norris Hunt 18 April 1828 Clifton, Gloucestershire August 1863 September 1866 Joined West Midland Railway August 1862. Later Station Master at Bridgnorth. Died 22 March 1899
John Bowen Mayers 4 January 1845 Pontypool, Monmouthshire November 1866 January 1875 Formerly Station Master at Ironbridge. Later Station Master at Kidderminster. Retired 27 May 1905. Died 17 February 1919.
Samuel Partridge Hunt 20 October 1846 Droitwich, Worcestershire January 1875 March 1877 Formerly Goods Clerk at Bridgnorth. Later Station Master at Kidderminster. Died 8 January 1926.
(George) James Simms 17 August 1851 Wantage, Berkshire March 1877 January 1881
John Bourne 20 July 1858 Droitwich, Worcestershire July 1882 May 1906 Pensioned 23 May 1910. Died 26 November 1928.
John Fortey Wilding 12/9/1862 Newnham, Hampshire July 1906 1915? Retired 1915?. Died 7 November 1933.
Martyn Pynor Morris 19/4/1859 Llandigwith, Cardiganshire 1915?  ? Died 8 August 1931.
Frederick Charles Buckingham 20 September 1876 Witney, Oxfordshire By 1924 1936? Retired 1936? Died 8 June 1961.
WJB Banbury  ? 1936? July 1942 Started at Ilminster in 1896 as Booking Clerk. Previously Station Master at Moretonhampstead, Cleobury Mortimer and Bewdley. Retired 11 July 1942.[12]

Traffic statistics

Traffic statistics in commercial service for Stourport, selected years 1903 to 1952
Passenger Traffic Freight Traffic
Year Tickets issued Parcels despatched Revenue (£) Tons received & despatched Revenue (£) Total revenue (£)
1903 29,300 21,338 3,155 76,174 24,437 27,592
1913 36,902 32,380 4,300 88,667 31,006 35,306
1923 37,736 22,474 6,286 96,711 49,168 55,454
1933 17,137 28,787 4,176 133,929 61,403 65,579
1938 16,269 36,566 4,078 130,922 61,178 65,256
1942 29,167 X 11,316 435,688 X X
1947 21,679 36,781 8,089 435,419 X X
1952 13,007 27,137 6,729 531,823 X X

X: Data not recorded

The town of Stourport

The origins of the Worcestershire town of Stourport date back to the completion of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in 1771. In that year John Wesley described Stourport as a "well-built village", but following the opening of the canal for trade in 1772 the village quickly grew into a town based around the large canal basins that served as the ‘port’, reaching a population of 1,300 by 1795.[13]

The early growth of Stourport saw a corresponding decline in the fortunes of Bewdley as a port.[14] However further significant growth of Stourport was effectively ended by the opening of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in 1816. This provided a direct link between the two towns.

A description of the newly opened Severn Valley branch in 1863 describes: "Stourport is marked in the distance by three tall smoking chimneys, and as you pass through the station the sensitive nose detects the not unpleasant aroma of bark, leather-tanning being the staple trade of the town. Just before reaching the station the line crosses the little river which gives its name to the town, and we arrive within sight of the Severn"[15].

Historically the town of Stourport was in the chapelry of Mitton, which lay within Kidderminster Parish. Stourport Civil Parish was created in 1928 through the union of the Lower Mitton and Upper Mitton Civil Parishes, and was in turn renamed 'Stourport-on-Severn' in 1934.[16].

See also


  1. Marshall suggested the station might have been renamed to avoid confusion with nearby Stourbridge as there was no other Stourport station. The change of name of the Civil Parish was more likely the reason.
  2. Possibly the same warehouse referred to in the 1930 announcement?


  1. Vanns (1998/2013) p. 75.
  2. Vanns (1998/2013) p. 77.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marshall (1989) p. 90.
  4. Beddoes & Smith (1995) pp. 56-57.
  5. Great Western Railway Magazine, January 1927
  6. Great Western Railway Magazine, January 1930
  7. Marshall (1989) p. 89.
  8. Mitchell and Smith (2007) fig. 6.
  9. Sectional Appendix to the Working Time Tables and Books of Rules and Regulations, Birmingham Traffic District, October 1960
  10. Mitchell and Smith (2007) fig. 8.
  11. Severn Valley Railway: Railway Heritage Guide, Vanns (2017) p. 55.
  12. Great Western Railway Magazine, August 1942 edition
  13. Stourport on Wikipedia
  14. Marshall (1989) p.12.
  15. "Excursions by Railway", Worcester Journal, 25 April 1863
  16. Worcester Branch of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry