Holton-le-Clay railway station

Stationhouse in 2008.
Place Holton-le-Clay
Area East Lindsey
Original company East Lincolnshire Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
1 March 1848 Opened as Holton-le-Clay and Tetney
? Renamed
4 July 1955 Closed to passengers
25 May 1964 Goods facilities withdrawn
December 1980 Closure of line
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Holton-le-Clay was a railway station on the East Lincolnshire Railway[1] which served the villages of Holton-le-Clay and Tetney in Lincolnshire between 1848 and 1964. It was originally named Holton-le-Clay and Tetney, but Tetney was dropped soon after opening, even though the station was more conveniently sited for that village. The line through Holton-le-Clay remained open for freight until December 1980, but could be reopened by the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway as its northern terminus.


The station opened on 1 March 1848[2] as part of the East Lincolnshire Railway between Grimsby and Louth.[3] It was constructed by contractor John Waring and Sons of Rotherham who, in December 1846, had agreed to construct the line for the sum of £46,102 (£3.78 million as of 2014[4]).[5] The station was initially named Holton-le-Clay and Tetney[2] to reflect its location one mile to the south of the Lincolnshire village of Holton-le-Clay and slightly closer to Tetney to the east.[6] It consisted of staggered platforms either side of the level crossing over the Tetney road;[7] the up platform to the north and the down to the south.[8] A signal box constructed in the standard East Lincolnshire Railway pattern stood on the north side of the crossing.[9] It controlled the crossing and a small goods yard situated to the south of the crossing on the up side.[10][11] The yard was served by a single siding which trailed off the down line to end in cattle dock.[11] The station house, built in the same style as those provided at Fotherby Halt and Utterby Halt,[6] stood in the north-eastern corner of the yard.[11]

Although the station was more convenient for Tetney than Holton-le-Clay,[6] Tetney was dropped from the station's name soon after opening.[11] The July 1922 timetable saw nine up and down weekday services, plus one Sunday service each way, call at Holton-le-Clay.[12] The station closed to passengers on 4 July 1955,[13] with the goods yard remaining open a further nine years until 25 May 1964.[13]

Preceding station Heritage railways Following station
Terminus   Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
(Future Extension)
  North Thoresby
Historical railways
Holton Village Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Northern Railway
East Lincolnshire Line
  Grainsby Halt
Line and station open

Present day

The platforms have been demolished, but the stationhouse remains in private ownership.[11] The crossing gates on both sides have also survived, as has the cattle dock which stands in the yard now used as an industrial vehicle depot.[11] The former Up Home signal no.17 still stands in front of the foundations of the signal box. On 28 September 1991, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway obtained a Light Railway Order authorising the reinstatement of the East Lincolnshire Railway between Waltham and the former Keddington Road level crossing near Louth, which would include the line up to Holton-le-Clay.[14]

On 26 August 2009, the first train between North Thoresby and Ludborough ran for the first time in 47 years.[15][16] It is planned to reopen the line as far as Holton-le-Clay.



External links

  • Holton Le Clay station on navigable 1946 O. S. map

Coordinates: 53°29′38″N 0°03′07″W / 53.4938°N 0.0519°W / 53.4938; -0.0519

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