HISTORIC UCKFIELD TOUR: UCKFIELD STATION
The first station was opened in 1858 by the Lewes and Uckfield Railway Company.
It was situated south of the High Street and became a through station when the line was extended northwards to Tunbridge Wells West in 1868.
After closure of the line south to Lewes in 1969, the original station found itself on the wrong side of the High Street level crossing, which created traffic congestion whenever a train was arriving or departing.
It was decided to close the original station and open a new station on the other side of the High Street.
The present Uckfield station opened in 1991, replacing the original structure, which was sited 55 yards (50 m) to the on the other side of the road.
The original station was demolished on 9 December 2000, after having been damaged by flooding.
Please feel free to take photographs of this impressive and historic building – if you'd care to wait, you might see one of the mighty diesel trains arrive!
In this picture you can see the original ‘Saxby and Farmer’ signal box, which is thought to date from about 1900 and is now used as a taxi office.
Next we will be looking at the beautiful and ancient Bridge Cottage – please take care crossing the road as I don't have any Public Liability insurance!