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Surbiton station

In the early 19th century Surbiton consisted of around 40 dwellings and the Waggon and Horses public house but because Kingston brushed the railway aside the hamlet acquired a station very early. This opened as Kingston-​​on-​​Railway in 1838, and over the following half-​​century high-​​class housing spread across the new suburb, which was also known as Kingston New Town or New Kingston.

Surbiton station was wholly rebuilt in 1937–8. Southern Railways’ in-​​house design team was responsible for the modernist archi­tecture, under the leadership of James Robb Scott. Some sources suggest that Scott himself may not have made much of a contri­bution to the styling.

Now a grade II-​​listed building, it was voted Britain’s ‘most improved station’ after its £3 million refur­bishment in 1998.

Professor Dumbledore whisks Harry Potter away from Surbiton station in Harry Potter and the Half-​​Blood Prince, filmed in late 2007.
 
Surbiton station

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