This Grade 2 listed building is a wonderful example of an early GWR Italianate-style country station. The design features a roof which overhangs the building on all four sides providing a canopy around it, including the platform. This was the only intermediate station when the line opened in 1848. It featured a small single-track goods shed and goods yard which closed in 1963. Most country stations had a goods shed or sidings which served their local communities. The railway was for many years the main method of moving freight, such as food, general goods and agricultural produce to and from rural areas. Most local businesses would have had access to the goods facilities and the railway was a ‘common carrier’ meaning it was obliged to convey any items a customer wished; all manner of items could be brought to a railhead for delivery or collection.
Mortimer station featured a very pleasant formal garden when it first opened. The impressive style of the garden and the station were designed to please the nearby landowner, the Duke of Wellington (‘The Iron Duke’), who lived at Stratfield Saye House.
A new passenger footbridge was erected at the station in 1992 which replaced an older metal structure. The footbridge had been provided as the station did not have its own bridge over the lines, and passengers wishing to cross between the platforms, or gain access to the Basingstoke platform had to use a nearby road overbridge instead.
The station is actually located at Stratfield Mortimer, with the main village of Mortimer being a little way further west.
The church of St Mary the Virgin is 10 minutes from the station and is the starting point for a countryside walk.
Stratfield Saye House has been the elegant, but intimate home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.
Silchester has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC
Station Ticket Office Hours
Monday – Friday 06:15 – 13:00
Saturday 06:45 – 13:00
Train Station Information
Car Parking: 50 spaces
Cycle Parking: 5
Toilets: Yes Platform 2
Tel: 03457 000 125
Travel Assistance: 0800 197 1329
For train times text Mortimer to 84950