After examining the platform,we then went and visited the nearby Cove bridge.This lovely stone bridge was built in 1791 and is well worth a look,along with the "picture post card" cottage that is next to it.From here you also get a good view back to the halt,as well as a view up to Holmingham quarry face.Whilst looking at this,I couldn't help but wonder why the quarry decided to put all it's freight on the road and not use the nearby siding to ship their stone.
Maybe if they had used the railway,it wouldn't have been closed.
Since first visiting Cove Halt we have been back many times to collect manure for our allottment,that Sarah has kindly allowed us to take,so it has actually become our most visited location.Each visit throws up new information and thoughts,so it has been very interesting,so again I thank Sarah for all her help and for allowing us to visit her property.
A map of Cove Halt from 1905
Useable Google Map
These two pictures are very interesting in the history of Cove Halt.The first one shows the opening day of Cove Halt in 1923.Notice that the pagoda is not there. When the halt was first opened,there was no proper platform and people just stood on what was called a "low platform",which was quite simply just the ballast.The standard 109 feet long raised platform was added after a report of 1926 decided that due to the success of the halt,that improvements should be made.
This second picture shows the anniversary of the halt and you will notice that the pagoda has now been added.
Thanks to my brother Lewis who took these pictures of Cove Pagoda when we visited Doniford Halt on the West Somerset Railway