OXFORD, WORCESTER, AND WOLVERHAMPTON RAILWAY, a railway in the counties of Oxford, Gloucester, Warwick, Worcester, and Stafford. It commences in a continuation-junction with the Great Western, at Wolvercot, 2½ miles N of Oxford; goes north-westward, past Hanborough, Stonesfield, Charlbury, and Shipton-under-Wychwood: sends off a branch from thevicinity of Wolvercot westward to Witney, and anotherbranch from the vicinity of the boundary with Gloucestershire nor theastward to Chipping-Norton; is connected, at the junction of the Chipping-Norton branch, with aline westward, in Gloucestershire, to Bourton-on-the-Water; proceeds north-northwestward, across wings of Gloucestershire, past Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Chipping-Campden, to Church-Honeybourne on the border of Worcestershire: sends off thence a branch north-eastward to Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire; proceeds westward and west-north-westward, past Evesham, Pershore, and Abbots-Wood, to Worcester; crosses the Birmingham and Gloucester railway at Abbots-Wood; and goes from Worcester northward, past Kidderminster, Stourbridge, and Dudley, into Staffordshire, to a junctionwith the Shrewsbury and Chester railway at Wolverhampton. It was authorized in 1845, on a capital of £1, 500,000 in shares, and £500,000 in loans; it acquired power, in 1856, for a further capital of £35,000; it became connected with the Stratford canal, the Stourbridge canal, and the Severn Valley railway; it was incorporated, in 1860, with the Worcester and Hereford and the Newport, Abergavenny, and Hereford railways, to constitute the West Midland; and, as part of the West Midland, it was amalgamated, in 1863, with the Great Western. Its length, within its own proper limits, is 115 miles.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a railway"   (ADL Feature Type: "railroad features")
Administrative units: Gloucestershire AncC       Oxfordshire AncC       Staffordshire AncC       Warwickshire AncC       Worcestershire AncC
Place: Oxford

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