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Cheltenham Spa (St James), 1951

Cheltenham Spa (St James), 1951


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Date: 9th January 2009

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Cheltenham Spa (St James), 1951

A view of Cheltenham Spa St James station, in Gloucestershire, 1951, decorated with bunting to celebrate the Cheltenham Music Festival.
The station was built in 1894 replacing another nearby station in Cheltenham. It was renamed Cheltenham St James in 1908, and then again in 1925 when it became Cheltenham Spa St James. The inaugural journey of the Cheltenham Flyer took place from this station in 1923. The station closed to passengers and goods traffic in 1966

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1950s 1951 Cheltenham Gloucestershire Station Bunting Music Festival


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This evocative photograph captures the spirit of Cheltenham Spa St James station in Gloucestershire during the 1951 Cheltenham Music Festival. The station, built in 1894 and renamed Cheltenham St James in 1908, was a significant transportation hub in the region. In 1923, the inaugural journey of the renowned Cheltenham Flyer departed from this very station, adding to its historic significance. As the 1950s dawned, the station was once again adorned with vibrant bunting, celebrating the annual Cheltenham Music Festival. The festival, which began in 1945, attracted visitors from far and wide to enjoy a diverse range of musical performances. The station's grand architecture, with its red brick facade and ornate detailing, served as a fitting backdrop for the festivities. Sadly, the golden age of rail travel and the Cheltenham Music Festival were not to last. Cheltenham Spa St James station closed to passengers and goods traffic in 1966, marking the end of an era. Today, the station stands as a reminder of a bygone era, a time when travel was an adventure and music festivals brought communities together. This photograph, with its timeless image of bunting fluttering in the breeze, transports us back to that era and invites us to imagine the excitement and anticipation that once filled Cheltenham Spa St James station during the Cheltenham Music Festival.

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