Opened as Wotton Wawen Platform in 1908 on the new GWR North Warwickshire line connecting Birmingham through Henley in Arden to Stratford,
this stop has enjoyed a fairly uneventful history. In GWR parlance, a 'platform' was of greater significance than a 'halt' in that it was minimally
staffed and usually had some parcels facilty, but did not enjoy the staffing or goods facilities associated with a 'station'. In fact, the
'platform' was not dropped from Wootten Wawen's name until 1973 - well into BR's reign! Above we see the entrance to the station from
Wawensmere Road - no means of crossing the line are provided so a long entrance path leads up to the site from either side of the Wawensmere
Road bridge seen to the left of this shot.
Above-left we see the station looking in the direction of Stratford with the B4089 Alcester Road bridge ahead. In its GWR
days the station facilities were only slightly less sparse than they are today with a corrugated iron clad small station building/waiting room on this
platform and a pagoda-style waiting room on the Stratford platform. Above-right we take a closer look at the line heading-off towards Stratford.
Above-left we have turned to face Birmingham and can see the concrete-bunker type waiting room in situ today. I'm sure passengers
of bygone years thought the GWR pagoda a somewhat unimaginative and 'cheap' platform facility but I'm sure they'd reconsider when seeing what
today's travellers had to contend with! Above-right we take a zoomed shot towards Birmingham over the Wawensmere
Above-left we look across to the 'bunker' on the Stratford platform - not really anything else to say about this station. More
interestingly is the shot above-right looking-up to the Wawensmere Road bridge. On it we can make-out a plaque from the Engineering company who built the
span: "E.C.J Keay Ld, Contractors - Engineers - Darlaston - Birmingham 1906".