Station site

The railway line that ran from Thornbury to Yate was opened in 1872 after many delays and technical problems.  We have written on another page about the long history of planning and technical problems that occurred before the railway line could be built.  Click here to read more.

1881 map showing railway station

1881 map showing railway station and line

The aerial photograph above gives a good impression of the layout of the station at Thornbury.  It is possible to see the entrance to the station at the top of High Street along the sloping path up to the station itself and its platform.   The turntable was necessary because it was a single track line.  The photograph below shows an engine on the turntable.  Thornbury had its own Station Master for much of its existence as a passenger railway and we have written more about them.  Click here to read about the Station Masters.

The image above  on the left is a thumbnail of a small section of a map of much the same area dated 1881.  It shows the position of the railway station and line that led to it.  One of the main entrances to the station for passengers was along the pathway that commenced next to what was then the last house in the High Street, now number 81 High Street.  Part of the wall for the gateway to this path is still visible near this house next to where the Tanners Court flats adjoin it.   It is interesting to note that the map shows clearly that on the far side of the railway line (facing The Villa) was a line of trees on the map, forming the southern boundary of the railway site.  This line of trees can still be seen along the side of the path as one walks into the present Tesco site. The position of the station itself can also be