MDE11177 - Woody Bay train station, Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (Monument)


The disused Woody Bay Railway Station was converted into a house but has been reopened with the restoration of this section of the train line. A locomotive on the site was dedicated as a war memorial by the Bishop of Exeter in 2008.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 6830 4642. Woody Bay Station shown on the six inch 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1] 'Station House' shown on six inch 1963 map. [2] SS 6825 4641. The 'Old Woody Bay Station' [3] is now in use as a dwelling house. [4,5] Woody Bay Station, on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, was opened in 1898 and closed in 1935. From 1935 to 1995 it was in use as a residential property, but in 1998 it was purchased by the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust and converted back to a station. A small section of track has also been restored and narrow gauge passenger trains are running. [6] A Kerr Stuart 60cm 0-6-0 well and side tank locomotive named 'Axe', one of seventy 'Joffre' class engines ordered by the French Government for use on the Western Front, is held at Woody Bay Station. It was purchased by the railway in 1983 and is dedicated as a memorial to all those who served on the railways on the Western Front in World War One. [7] The building is depicted and labelled on the 2020 MasterMap data. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1903.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1973. 1:2500. 1:25,000. SS 6846.
  • <4> Archive: Sainsbury, I.. 1993. WOODYBAY STATION, MARTINHOE. BF008146.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 19 August 1993.
  • <6> Website: Simon, Mark. 2013. Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Consulted 14 December 2007.
  • <7> Website: Imperial War Museum. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. UKNIWM reference 67674.
  • <8>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39587 ]
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 915063, Extant 18 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 6824 4641 (19m by 9m)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64NE/99
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31423
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21136
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE7486
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO315
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE33
  • National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 8146
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 503062
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 915063

Record last edited

Nov 2 2021 1:29PM


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