Road and Rail

… from the Wychwoods Albums Archive

Station Road, Shipton 1932.
Station Road, Shipton 1932

Shipton is situated on an ancient route running North to South. In 1770 the road was turnpiked in the Banbury/ Chipping Norton/Burford Turnpike Trust. The house on the left, Pike House ,with the bay window giving a view up and down the road is thought to be the toll-house. A barrier across the road would have ensured that all travellers pay the toll. The advent of the railway running within a few yards of this spot brought about the demise of the Turnpike in 1866.

Milestone at Fulbrook

In 1773 there was an Act ordering all Turnpike Trusts to provide guide-posts and milestones along their roads. Many were later removed to confuse enemy troops during the Second World War. This milestone is now set into a wall at Fulbrook.

The coach to Burford at Shipton station, about 1910.
The coach to Burford at Shipton station, about 1910

The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway through Shipton was opened in 1853, later becoming the West Midland and then the Great Western Railway. As Burford had no railway the Burford Omnibus Service ran three times a day to Shipton until the 1920s. George Baughan, coal merchant, Philip Franklin, postman and Bill Hedges, porter, sit at the back.

Shipton station, 1908.
Shipton station, 1908

The station building was constructed in the 1880s. The group includes Mr Preece, station master, on the left with Arthur Vine, signalman, and Philip Franklin standing next to him. On the far right is George Baughan with Waiter Hollaway, proprietor of the Burford Omnibus Service and John Simmonds, shunt-horse driver. Arthur Curtis, drayman, is wearing the leather apron.

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This is one of series of snapshots taken from the Society’s publications “The Wychwoods Albums”. These publications from the mid to late 1980s feature a variety of images of the Wychwoods, all of which deserve a place in our expanding online archive.

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