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Wimborne benefitted form the arrival of the railways in 1847 - mainly through the efforts of Charles Castleman (see Allendale House)  a local solicitor.  The market town now had an additional means of transporting farm produce to London and other nearby towns.  The station reduced the journey to London from around fourteen hours to just  four and made it possible for those able to afford the ticket to travel easily to the capital.

The line was also a part of the move to open the West Country too with a link to

Weymouth and Dorchester .   An additional line from Salisbury opened in 1866  (Salisbury & Dorset Junction Company)  The line became less used with the growth of Bournemouth

and the creation of a direct line from London and then Westwards - and although still

used less frequently it survived until the Beeching Cuts of 1963-5.  The line finally closed

to Freight traffic in 1977.  The station itself and the cattle market to the North West was

where the old Wimborne Market (recently replaced by a housing development)

and the Riverside Industrial estate now stands.


Wimborne Cattle Market - 1947

Wimborne Railway Station

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