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HER Number MWB20200
Record Type Monument
Name Site of Newbury goods shed

Grid Reference SU 475 667
Map Sheet SU46NE
Parish Newbury, West Berkshire
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Former location of a railway goods shed from the mid 19th to the late 20th century

Monument Type(s):

  • GOODS SHED (Victorian to Late 20th century - 1848 AD to 1974 AD)

Full Description

Newbury goods shed is shown on the First epoch OS map of 1881 <1> and following historic mapping up to and including the Fifth epoch OS map of 1969 <2>. The goods shed, believed to be the original building dating to 1848, was demolished in 1974 <3>. An aerial photograph from 1928 <5> shows the goods yard and goods shed in the bottom right.

To the north of the goods yard were gravel deposits, regularly dug for ballast in the 19th century. A Roman cemetery was discovered in 1856, and prehistoric animal remains were also found several years later.

Sources and further reading

<01>Landmark. 1872-85. Digital Ordnance Survey Mapping Epoch 1, 1:2500 (25 inch). Digital. 1:2500. [Map / SWB14341]
<02>Ordnance Survey. 1962-1981. Ordnance Survey Epoch 5, 1:2500. 1:2500. [Map / SWB14665]
<03>Simmonds, P. 2014. A history of the Berks and Hants line Reading to Westbury. [Monograph / SWB148853]
<04>Page and Ditchfield (eds). 1924. Victoria County History (VCH) Berks IV 1924. Vol 4. p134. [Monograph / SWB10281]
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4 (Accessed 24/09/2015)
<05>Aerofilms. 15/08/1928. Britain from Above - EPW022629. Aerial Photo. [Photograph / SWB149479]
https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW022629 (Accessed 03/10/2018)

Related Monuments

MWB6024GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY - General record within West Berkshire (Monument)
MWB6062Newbury Station (GWR) (Building)
MWB5406Newbury Station goods yard - Roman cemetery (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded