Heritage Locations

Maldon East and Heybridge Station


An extravagantly elaborate station for a small branch line.

Constructor:
Unclassified

Period of construction:
1850 - 1899

Transport Trust plaque:
No

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
Maldon District Museum, 47 Mill Road, Maldon, CM9 5HX

Postcode:
CM9 5HX

Nearest Town:
Maldon

Heritage Centre:
No


When the Eastern counties Railway built its branch to Maldon, the Deputy Chairman was MP for Maldon. It has been said that in order to improve his chances of re-election he instituted major employment in order to encourage voters and this station was the means to provide it.

This story though attractive seems unlikely as most labourers would not have enjoyed the franchise at that time. Whatever the real reason, the result is an unusually extravagant but attractive building for such a minor branch railway. With large Dutch gables, a nine bay arcade across the front, a cast iron imitation stone balustrade, and tall stone mullion windows, it looks a worthy residence for the MP himself.

When the railway closed in 1964, the building was saved from demolition. It is now in commercial use.


Bibliography:

Barman, Christian, An Introduction to Railway Architecture, Art & Technics, (1950)

Biddle, Gordon,
Great Railway Stations of Britain, David & Charles,  ISBN 0 7153 8263 2 (1986)

Biddle, Gordon,
Britain's Historic Railway Buildings, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0198662475 (2003)

Biddle, Gordon,
Victorian Stations, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 5949 5 (1973)

Biddle, Gordon & Nock, O.S.,
The Railway Heritage of Britain : 150 years of railway architecture and engineering, Studio Editions, ISBN-10: 1851705953 (1990)

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The Oxford Companion to British Railway History, Oxford, ISBN 0 19 211697 5 (1997)

Biddle, Gordon,and Spence, Jeffry,
The British Railway Station, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 7467 2(1977)

Butt, R.V.J.
The Directory of Railway Stations, Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. (October 1995, 1st Edition)

Conolly, W. Philip,
British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer, Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 0-7110-0320-3 (1958/97)

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Joby, R.S. Forgotten Railways of East Anglia. (1977)

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Opening Times:
Visible at all times but now in private occuption.

How To Find:
By road: Off A414, Station Road.


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