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Windermere Station, Windermere
Windermere Station
site name:-   Kendal and Windermere Railway
locality:-   Windermere
civil parish:-   Windermere (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   railway station
coordinates:-   SD41389864
1Km square:-   SD4198
10Km square:-   SD49
SummaryText:-   Opened with the railway 1847.

BRY17.jpg (taken 1.12.2009)  
BML82.jpg (taken 3.8.2006)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 32 8) 
placename:-  Windermere Station
item:-  railway signal
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
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"Windermere Station / S.P."

evidence:-   old text:- Martineau 1855
source data:-   Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-76.
image MNU1P003, button  goto source
Page 3:-  "A few years ago there was only one meaning to the word WINDERMERE. It then meant a lake lying among mountains, and so secluded that it was some distinction even for the travelled man to have seen it. Now, there is a Windermere railway station, ..."
"The traveller arrives, we must suppose, by the railway from Kendal, having been dropped at the Oxenholme Junction by the London train from the south, or the Edinburgh and Carlisle train from the north."

evidence:-   old photograph:- 
item:-  locomotiveVictorious
source data:-   Photograph, sepia, locomotive at Windermere Station, Windermere, Westmorland, 1900s?
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London and North Western Railway, LNWR, 4-4-0 locomotive no.1950, Victorious. 
item:-  Armitt Library : 1958.4318
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evidence:-   old map:- Postlethwaite 1877 (3rd edn 1913) 
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, Map of the Lake District Mining Field, Westmorland, Cumberland, Lancashire, scale about 5 miles to 1 inch, by John Postlethwaite, published by W H Moss and Sons, 13 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1877 edn 1913.
station on railway 
item:-  JandMN : 162.2
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BML81.jpg (taken 3.8.2006)  
BML83.jpg (taken 3.8.2006)  
BXW18.jpg (taken 15.2.2013)  
BXW19.jpg (taken 15.2.2013)  
BXW20.jpg  Milepost; 10┬╝miles
(taken 15.2.2013)  
BXW21.jpg  Buffers.
(taken 15.2.2013)  
BML80.jpg  View S from the station.
(taken 3.8.2006)  

This marks the furthest point reached by the railway in 1847. Wordsworth and others bitterly opposed its development, fearing it would bring hordes of trippers. The original station was large, having four platforms, signal box, engine shed, turntable, carriage sidings, goods shed and coal yard. More than 60 railwaymen would have worked here, and thousands of visitors, hordes of trippers, have passed through. At one time the goods transported through here would have been timber, coal, coke, cattle, animal feed, flour, gunpowder (from Elterwater) and fish.
The goods yard closed in 1969, and the site is now occupied by Lakeland, a thriving local firm. The train shed and station buildings were sold to E H Booth, who opened their supermarket in 1985.

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