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Although neither specific to Bow Station nor very old, this wooden panel decorated with a
transfer of the coat-of-arms of the London & South Western Railway is a fine decorative item.

Tickets

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BR Western Region third class single ticket from Bow, Devon to Yeoford, clipped (date not known) (present owner not known) Second class single ticket from Yeoford to Bow, clipped and dated 20 June 1964 (present owner not known). Note the fare increase. British Transport Commission second class cheap day return from Okehampton to Bow, clipped but not dated (present owner not known)
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British Transport Commission second class single ticket from Exeter Central to Bow, clipped but not dated British Transport Commission second class single ticket from Bow to Okehampton, clipped but not dated British Transport Commission second class Child Privilege return between Crediton and Bow, unused but dated 4/66 in pencil
   
  British Railways Board second class single ticket from Exeter St. Davids to Bow or Morchard Road, punched and dated 6 September 1967  

Luggage Labels

There are two basic categories, labels which were for luggage sent to Bow, and labels for luggage sent from Bow.

The first category contains three types: firstly labels printed only with the destination "TO BOW"; secondly labels printed with the destination "TO BOW" with an added origin "FROM WATERLOO"; and thirdly labels printed with the destination "TO BOW" but a space left for a stamp from the despatching station. A despatching station stamp is sometimes also found on the first type. The earliest of these labels were coloured blue, one of several colours used by the LSWR to indicate general routes or areas, but white was to become the norm.

The second category contains labels for luggage sent from Bow to other stations where the destination station is printed and the origin Bow is rubber stamped. There are three varieties of the rubber stamp used at Bow, one with the simple name "BOW", the second with "BOW, DEVON", and the third with "L. & S.W.R. / BOW, DEVON". All the labels feature the basic code 787 in the top right corner. Southern Railway examples also bear a code thought to indicate the date of printing, 7 over 39 for example, indicating July 1939. As can be seen from the examples below, a wide variety of typefaces were used.

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Early blue LSWR label to Bow, railway title upper case (courtesy Mike Morant) Early blue LSWR label to Bow, railway title lower case (courtesy Mike Morant) Early blue LSWR label to Bow, overstamped from "Eggesford" (courtesy Mike Morant)
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Standard white LSWR label to Bow LSWR label from Waterloo (left justified) to Bow (courtesy Mike Morant) LSWR label from Waterloo (centred) to Bow (courtesy Mike Morant)
   
  LSWR label to Bow, unstamped  
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LSWR label to Bow, overstamped from "Barnstaple Town" LSWR label to Bow, overstamped from "Halwill Junc." LSWR label to Bow, overstamped from "Padstow"
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SR label to Bow (example dated March 1924) SR label to Bow (example dated March 1927) SR label from Waterloo to Bow (example dated July 1939)

 

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LSWR label to Barnstaple Junction, overstamped from "Bow" LSWR label to Bideford, overstamped from "Bow" LSWR label to Camelford, overstamped from "Bow"
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LSWR label to Ford, overstamped from "Bow" LSWR label to Holsworthy, overstamped from "Bow" LSWR label to Plymouth (North Road), overstamped from "Bow"
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  LSWR label to Templecombe, overstamped from "Bow"  

 

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LSWR label to Camelford, overstamped from "Bow, Devon" LSWR label to Surbiton, overstamped from "Bow, Devon"

 

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LSWR label to Bridestowe, overstamped from "L. & S.W.R. / Bow, Devon" LSWR label to Ilfracombe, overstamped from "L. & S.W.R. / Bow, Devon" LSWR label to Tavistock, overstamped from"L. & S.W.R. / Bow, Devon"

Other Ephemera

Various other items of ephemera may be found. To view the relevant item, click on the appropriate link below:

British Railways, Signal Instructions. No.30, 12 August 1948. Replacement Up Home signal
Handbill, November 1955. Cheap excursion fares to Plymouth and Devonport.
Handbill, May 1956. Cheap excursion fares to Plymouth and Devonport. Updated reissue of November 1955 version
Handbill, August 1956. Cheap excursion fares to Plymouth and Devonport. Reissue of May 1956 version.
Final Timetable, May 1971. The last timetable issued for the Okehampton line (closed 5 June 1972).
Closure Notice, May 1972. Public notice for closure of passenger service between Exeter and Okehampton, including closure of Bow Station.
Dartmoor Rambler 1986. Promotional leaflet for the Dartmoor Rambler train service, July/August 1986.

Hardware

Two signal instrument enamel label plates, believed to be from the signal box at North Tawton.

This enamel direction sign appeared at the top of a large poster board sited at a road junction at the
eastern end of the station site. Note the fine sunshine lettering. Only the concrete posts survive and
we would love to know what happened to the sign.

The original Bow station barrow, fortunately rescued and restored, but now sadly resident in
foreign climes at
Williton station on the West Somerset Railway.

Ceramics

A fine traditional Devon slipware harvest jug (height 28cm) made by Harry Juniper of Bideford in 2009. It features the crests
of the three main station operators (London & South Western Railway, Southern Railway, and British Railways), significant
dates, a map of the line, and visiting steam locomotive "Darfield No.1".

Needlework

Needlework

We can't resist sharing an image of this fantastic needlework picture of Bow Station,
worked by Hannah Latham and completed in 2015, the station's 150th anniversary year.

If you have any information or material relevant to the station we would love to hear from you (contact us).