Heritage Locations

Spa Road Station, Bermondsey

London's first railway terminus, built in 1836


Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

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Transport Mode:

Rouel Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 4BN

SE16 4BN

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Spa Road railway station in Bermondsey, south-east London was the original if very temporary - terminus of the capital's first railway, the London and Greenwich Railway. It opened on 8 February 1836, with the other end of the line at Deptford.

The extension to London Bridge - the line's true terminus - opened on 14 December 1836. The extension from Deptford to Greenwich opened on 12 April 1840. The station closed for upgrading from 1838 to 1842.

In 1872 it was resited some 200 yards to the south-east and in October 1877 it was renamed Spa Road & Bermondsey. It closed finally on 15 March 1915, by which time the railway that served it was the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.

The remaining evidence of the original station was renovated in 2009. The main arch over the roadway is flanked on either side by narrow pedestraian arches carried on columnar piers, those on the outside in brick and those on the inside in cast iron in Doric form. Its remaining arches are Listed Grade II.

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How To Find:
By Road: Off A2206, Grange Road, near the junction with Rouel Road


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