Station Name: NUNHEAD (1st site)
[Source: Nick Catford]
Nunhead station street level entrance on Gibbon Road c1910
1895 1:1056 OS map shows the layout of the first Nunhead station which had two island platforms with steps up from an entrance on Gibson Road. Thewre is a signal box at the east end of the southern island, this controlled the junction with the Crystal Palace branch. Click here for a larger version
of this map.
Looking north from the north end of Ivydale Road over Nunhead station towards Telegraph Hill in Deptford c1905. Horse buses were reaching the end of their effective life by 1900. From 1870 they had been superceded in volume, comfort and speed by horse trams and this service in turn was soon to be electrified. Thomas Tilling, who had his office and depot in Peckham, was one of the main bus operators in London and still exists today as a coach operator.
Nunhead station is seen from the Greenwich Park branch, which at the time remained in use for access to the ex-GNR coal depot at Brockley Lane. The presence of the electrical sub-station (left) and new passenger station (in the distance), but the old LC&DR signal box, suggest that the photo was taken in 1925 when electric trains commenced operation, initially just between Nunhead and Crystal Palace HL. I have been unable to check the precise date that a new SR-built signal box replaced the old ex-LC&DR one, but it was certainly no later than 1929 and may well have followed rebuilding of the station in 1925.
Photo from Duncan Chandler collection from his Flickr photostream
Nunhead station looking east
Looking east towards the site of the first Nunhead Station in June 2006. The station was sited beyond the bridge where the line comes out of the curve. Seen from the second Nunhead Station.
Looking west at the site of Nunhead Station in June 2007. One platform was sited where the road now runs, the other platform was behind the fence on the right.
The two blue gate posts to the right of the bridge might be an original
entrance to Nunhead Station (June 2007). Although the booking office was on the other side of the bridge, there was anb entrance on this side as shown on the map above.
There is a blocked subway under the road at the west end of Nunhead station (June 2007). The subway is shown on the map above.
Photo by Nick Catford