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Brockham Lime Works

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51°14'44"-00°17'02" show decimal

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Brockham Lime Works
Chalkpit Lane, Betchworth, Surrey

The Brockham Limeworks were built in the 19th Century to mine the hills of the north downs. It was closed down in 1936, and became a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975. The works were serviced by a private narrow gauge railway, and an area was preserved by the Brockham Museum until the site's stock of engines (including those seen in The Deadly Assassin) were incorporated into a collection at Amberley Museum in 1982.

How to get here:

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Rail: Betchworth - Exit the station and turn left, walking up Station Road. Turn left into The Coombe and then follow it around as it bears left. +

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Road: M25 - Exit junction 8 and head south along the A217 towards Reigate. Turn left onto the A25 towards Dorking, and then continue along the road until you reach a roundabout at Betchworth; take the northern exit towards the station (B2032), and then continue past until you reach The Coombe on the left. Note: it may also be possible to continue along the A25 past Betchworth to Chalkpit Lane on the right - however it is unclear as to whether this is a private road or not at present. +

Parking Details

Limited, on The Coombe

Where to walk

From The Coombe, follow it as it bears left, and then becomes the North Downs Way. Continue past the works of Betchworth Quarry, and then down a footpath to the left; follow this alongside the fields and it leads to the limeworks.

 

Access: publicStatus: demolishedFormer Goods Yard Area

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Photograph taken: 1st February 2009 by Chuck Foster

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The Deadly Assassin (2)
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Filmed: 27 Jul 1976
The Doctor's foot get trapped in railway points.

 

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 1st February 2009 by Chuck Foster

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The Deadly Assassin (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 27 Jul 1976
The Doctor watches a train speed towards him.

The Deadly Assassin (3)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 27 Jul 1976
The Doctor is surprised the train passed without hitting him!

 

Old Museum Engines, relocated to Amberley

The Deadly Assassin (2)Screen Shot
Ruston & Hornsby RH187081/1937

The Deadly Assassin (2)Screen Shot

The Deadly Assassin (2)Screen Shot
Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0T 172L/1880 - "Townsend Hook"

The Deadly Assassin (2)Screen Shot

The Deadly Assassin (2)Screen Shot
Ransomes & Rapier RR80/1936

Other nearby locations:

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Betchworth Quarry (The Deadly Assassin, Genesis of the Daleks). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Buckland Sand and Silica Co Ltd (The Seeds of Doom): 1.81 miles.

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Royal Alexander and Albert School (The Deadly Assassin): 5.06 miles.

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St Anne's Hospital (The Invasion of Time): 5.24 miles.

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Beachfields Quarry (Frontier in Space, The Invasion of Time, Planet of the Daleks): 6.03 miles.

Production Notes:

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12 Jan 2009: JohnnearCfon: The railway sequences were filmed in Brockham Quarry at the long closed Brockham Narrow Gauge Railway Museum about 2 miles west of Betchworth. The locomotive was one of only two surviving diesels built by Ransome and Rapier of Ipswich. A friend of mine was the driver in that scene with his head wrapped in sacking so his identity would not be revealed.

Further links about the location:

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Surrey Wildlife Trust - Brockham Lime Works - a walking tour of the area (PDF document)

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North Downs Walk - A countryside walk which passes near the limeworks.

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Amberley Narrow Gauge Collection - The museum which now holds somes of the locomotives seen in The Deadly Assassin; collection can be seen here.

Related Stories

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The Deadly Assassin [27 Jul 1976] (Brockham Museum): The Doctor is trapped in points as a train hurtles towards him!

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