Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 08, 2018
Webpage updated: July 03, 2022




The Up platform of Mutley Station was opened by the Great Western Railway Company on August 1st 1871.  The Down platform followed several weeks later.

A postcard view of Mutley Station looking towards
Mutley Tunnel.  Note Mutley Signal Box.
From a postcard.

Not a picture OF Mutley Station but of GWR 0-4-4 tank locomotive
 and Down train AT Mutley Station.
Could the gentleman on the right with a bowler hat be the Station Master?
Date unknown but it appears to be after the gauge conversion in 1892
 and before Mutley Signal Box was installed in 1896.
Courtesy Mr Robert Chapman.

Because of its location near to the villas of Compton Gifford, Mannamead and Mutley, it became known as "the gentry's station".

Mutley Signal Box, opened in 1894, was situated on the Up platform.  It was taken out of use in 1908.

In 1914 the bookstall on Mutley Station was being run by Messrs Wyman and Sons Limited.  However, Messrs W H Smith and Son had a bookshop at number 27 Mutley Plain, immediately opposite Ermington Terrace, the road to Mutley Station.

Mr Thomas Arthur, of the London and South-Western Railway Company, was the Station Master at Mutley Station in 1914.

According to the Great Western Railway Company's official "Traffic Dealt with at Stations and Depots", published circa 1936, in the calendar year 1903 Mutley Station issued 241,469 railway tickets, dealt with 695 parcels and took in passenger income 23,878.

As from Wednesday March 1st 1905 quarterly season tickets were available by the London and South Western Railway between Mutley Station and Devonport Station for 15 shillings (s) first class, 10s second class and 8s third class; also to Ford Station for 1 first class, 15s second class and 12s third class; and to Saint Budeaux Station for 2 first class, 1 10s 0d second class and 1 4s 0d third class.

During the calendar 1913 Mutley Station issued 364,395 railway tickets, dealt with 1,020 parcels and took in passenger income of 26,014.  During the calendar year 1923 the Station issued 255,896 railway tickets plus 1,357 season tickets, handled 2,863 parcels and took in passenger receipts of 31,032.  This was the highest figure for the whole period between 1903 and 1935.

On and as from Monday March 25th 1929 the access from Gordon Terrace and Napier Terrace to Mutley Station was taken out of use, forcing potential passengers from the Down side of the tracks to use one of the nearby foot bridges to get to the Up side of the Station.  The Down booking office was also closed on that date, tickets being henceforth available only from the Up side.  Access to the Down platform was then by means of the Station's footbridge.  Given that motor bus services were now running across Mutley Plain every few minutes to either Town or Tavistock it probably caused very little inconvenience.  Milk traffic was dealt with as before.

On and as from Monday April 1st 1929 the Great Western Railway Company took over the former Royal Mail Parcels' Office in the Station forecourt and established the Railway's own central Parcel's Office.  It would appear that from that date parcels were no longer accepted at or delivered from Mutley Station.

According to the Great Western Railway Company's official "Traffic Dealt with at Stations and Depots", published circa 1936, in the calendar year 1929 Mutley Station issued 132,443 railway tickets plus 661 season tickets, dealt with 1,283 parcels and took in passenger income 11,042. 

In 1932 the last Station Master, Mr Thomas William Francis Forse (1880-1963), was transferred to North Road Plymouth Station as Relief Station Master and it was left in the hands of two senior porters.

Mutley Station was closed to passenger traffic on and as from Monday July 3rd 1939.  The last Up train to call at Mutley Station on the evening of Sunday July 2nd 1939 was the 9.27pm from Plymouth to Newton Abbot.  The final train to call at the Down platform was at 10.05pm when a train from Tavistock, Yelverton and Shaugh Bridge set down its passengers.  With no ceremony the gates were locked and that was the end of Mutley Station.