The Station

The railway line
(picture from SWOP website)

As it looks today

Loudwater Station, an asset of ours,
Was the reason that villagers didn’t need cars,
Handy it was at the foot of the hill
For the man up to London, the lad to the mill.

Visitors too, to the woodland above,
Found that our village was something to love,
Here they then settled and courted and wed
‘All thanks to the railway’ as one of them said.

Loudwater Station was on the Wycombe to Bourne End line which was built in 1854. This line connected to Maidenhead Station and after changing at Maidenhead for the main line to London commuters would reach Paddington Station. It was a popular route for London bound travellers and also gave easy access to High Wycombe in the other direction. Click the button to read Reg Wilks's memories of the station.
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