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During the boom years of railway expansion in England, plans were formed for a railway station in Clare, originally as an extension of The Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead Railway.  From Sudbury the route would go via Long Melford to Clare; eventually the route extended to Haverhill and Cambridge.  Despite the location being within the site of an important medieval castle, this slowly developed as a plan until the Great Eastern Railway took over. Work began about 1862 and on 9 August 1865 the Clare station was opened at a great ceremony.   Find out more  

Clare Railway as it is today with a picture from 1959 superimposed over

Did you know that Clare has the only station built within the bailey of a Castle?  The buildings are now Grade 2 protected and include a Goods Shed  that is the only surviving example of the eleven examples built to the 1865 type design. Inside the Goods Shed is an internal platform that has a goods wagon. The Goods Shed will be developed as part of our Heritage Lottery Grant

 Find out more about the history of the station.

The Railway in Clare

Railway History