Holmsley Station seems an extraordinarily substantial building given that it is, and always has been, in the middle of nowhere.
It was built in 1847 by the Southampton and Dorchester Railway which ran via Ringwood and Wimborne, and was built to serve the busy port of Christcurch.
In fact it was know as Christchurch Road until a branch line was built from Ringwood to that town in 1862.
In 1893 the line from Brockenhurst to Hamworthy via Bournemouth was finally completed, and route via Ringwood lost most of its traffic. It was closed by Dr Beeching in 1964.
In addition to the Station House, now occupied by the excellent tearooms, the bridge carrying the A35 over the track bed still exists and is in use, and the remains of the down platform can still be seen.
To the east the track bed has been converted into a road, replacing the old road which used to run to the north of Wilverley Inclosure. To the west the track is a public path which eventually joins the section of the line covered by my Burbush Walk.