Three Counties railway station

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Three Counties
Three Counties railway station.jpg
Station site in 2010.
Place Arlesey
Area District of Central Bedfordshire
Grid reference TL189355
Original company Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms ?
1 April 1866 Station opens as Arlesey Siding
1 July 1886 Station renamed Three Counties
5 January 1959 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Three Counties railway station is a disused railway station near Arlesey in Bedfordshire, England. It served the southern environs of Arlesey. These included the Three Counties Lunatic Asylum, which was finally subsequently known as the Fairfield Hospital. The station was north of Hitchin on the "London-Peterborough" line. It opened in 1866, and closed to passengers in 1959.


A 1902 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Three Counties (upper right)

The station was opened by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) on 1 April 1866, originally being named Arlesey Siding.[1] On 1 July 1886, the station was renamed Three Counties,[1][2] taking its new name from the nearby Three Counties Asylum, which itself was so named because it was a joint project of three counties - Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.[3][4]

The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The station was closed to passengers, together with the adjacent Arlesey station, on 5 January 1959[1][2] and goods on 28 November 1960.[5] This was due to declining receipts. Arlesey, however, later re-opened.


  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 18
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 229
  3. ^ "Three Counties Asylum". Rossbret UK Institutions. Rossbret. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History of the Three Counties Asylum". Three Counties Asylum. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ source: Bedfordshire Libraries


External links

  • Station on navigable O.S. map
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Great Northern Railway
East Coast Main Line
Line and station open

Coordinates: 52°00′22″N 0°16′07″W / 52.0060°N 0.2687°W / 52.0060; -0.2687

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