Surbiton station

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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