Fairlop

INTRODUCTION

This post deals with a station at the eastern end of the central line, and was in part inspired by an auction lot that I recently imaged.

THE HISTORY

In 1903 the Great Eastern Railway opened what was then called the “Fairlop Loop“. In those days it connected Woodford on the Ongar branch to Ilford on the mainline, with an eastward connection for goods trains and stock transfers to Seven Kings. Nowadays these latter two connection have long since been severed, and since 1947 the loop under the new title the Hainault Loop has been part of the eastern end of the Central line.

STATIONS SERVED

From north-west to south-east

Fairlop Loop diverges from the Ongar (now Epping) Branch at Woodford Junction

  • Roding Valley, opened 3 February 1936 as Roding Valley Halt by the LNER, closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 21 November 1948.[2]
  • Chigwell, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 21 November 1948.[2]
  • Grange Hill, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 21 November 1948.[2]
  • Hainault, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 1 October 1908 to 3 March 1930. Closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 31 May 1948.[2]
  • Fairlop, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 31 May 1948.[2]
  • Barkingside, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 22 May 1916 to 30 June 1919. Closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 31 May 1948.[2]
  • Newbury Park, opened 1 May 1903 by the GER, closed 29 November 1947, re-opening 14 December 1947 as part of the Central line.[2]
Former connection: Fairlop Loop joins Great Eastern Main Line via westward curve between Newbury Park Junction and Ilford Carriage Sidings Junction
    • Ilford, opened 20 June 1839[15] by the Eastern Counties Railway. Operated by TfL Rail as of May 2015. Connection closed 30 November 1947.[2]
Former connection (freight-only): Fairlop Loop joins Great Eastern Main Line via eastward curve between Newbury Park Junction and Seven Kings West Junction
    • Seven Kings, opened 1 March 1899[15] by the GER. Operated by TfL Rail as of May 2015. Connection closed 19 March 1956.[2] (not served by scheduled Fairlop Loop passenger trains)

Remainder of Fairlop loop connects with Central line tube from Leytonstone (nowadays both parts referred to as the “Hainault Loop”)

re-joins the Ongar (Epping) Branch at Leytonstone Junction

  • Leytonstone, opened 22 August 1856 by the ECR, closed briefly, re-opening 5 May 1947.[2]

FAIRLOP WATERS COUNTRY PARK

There is one significant site served by this station: Fairlop Waters Country Park. If you visit the link I have just given you, you will see that many outdoor activities are available there.

THE PICTURE THAT STARTED IT

Lot 259 in James and Sons April auction is a copy of Edmund Blunden’s English Villages, and one of the illustrations (it is superbly illustrated) that caught my eye was this one:

259-d

The full photo gallery for this lot, and plenty more good pics can be found here.

Postscript: I have just received a notification from Fairlop Waters’ twitter account that this years Fairlop Fair will be on Saturday 2nd July.

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