Droxford though time

The book's cover showing Droxford Station circa 1910.
The book's cover showing Droxford Station circa 1910.

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A new book recently released seems to be all about Droxford railway station, but on further reading you will find it is covers the history of the area as well.

It covers 1,500 years and includes archaeological finds discovered when the Meon Valley line was being constructed.

Droxford postcard pic 1''Droxford and Brockbridge. Just two postcard views of the local villages from the past in the book.

Droxford postcard pic 1''Droxford and Brockbridge. Just two postcard views of the local villages from the past in the book.

The book was commissioned by the station’s current owner Tony Williams who asked Pam Butterey, who has an MA in English Local History, to research and write it. Her meticulous work has paid off with this magnificent book.

It tells of skeletons of Saxon warriors, the initial building of the railway, the strawberry traffic that was carried on the line and the crucial part it played in the Second World War.

The villages of Droxford, Soberton and Brockbridge are all included as are other stations on the line. Nearly every page has a photograph, map or diagram and includes many anecdotes from the men who worked the line.

Tony Williams’s role in the book records how he bought and restored the station. Although it was in a good condition when he purchased it in March 2009, he has added much and has rebuilt the signal box.

Droxford postcard pic 2''Droxford and Brockbridge. Just two postcard views of the local villages from the past in the book.

Droxford postcard pic 2''Droxford and Brockbridge. Just two postcard views of the local villages from the past in the book.

A History of Droxford Station – a Journey through 1,500 Years costs £19.95. To order a copy phone 01489 878271 or e-mail tony.williams@olddroxfordstation.com