Location of Denmark Hill in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.465 million|
|– interchange||0.665 million|
|– interchange||0.550 million|
|– interchange||0.582 million|
|– interchange||0.182 million|
|Original company||London, Brighton & South Coast Railway|
|1 December 1865||Opened|
|Listed feature||Denmark Hill Station, cutting walls and platforms, with Phoenix and Firkin public house|
|Listing grade||Grade II listed|
|Added to list||17 September 1998|
Denmark Hill railway station is in the area of Denmark Hill in south London, England, on the South London and Catford Loop lines. It is 4 miles 22 chains (6.9 km) down the line from London Victoria. It is managed by Thameslink.
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The station was built between 1864 and 1866. Its design by Charles Henry Driver is in the Italianate style, with an extremely decorative frontage and French pavilion roofs.
In 1920 the waiting room was used by The Mystical Church of the Comforter, founded by Elizabeth Mary Eagle Skinner, who was known as "The Messenger". The waiting room was transformed by an altar, painted white and surrounded by the seven colours of the rainbow. The Nottingham Evening Post for 17 June 1926 reported that babies were baptised, funeral services were read and even a marriage was solemnised. The porters and clerks of the railway company often worked to the accompaniment of hymns sung by the congregation. The church is believed to have ceased to function after the death of Skinner in November 1929.
By the late 1970s the building had been neglected. In March 1980, arsonists broke into the booking hall and the resulting fire destroyed the roof. Initial work by British Rail engineers to make the building safe by demolishing parts of the remaining building triggered a protest campaign by the Camberwell Society. Following a joint initiative between them, the Southwark Environment Trust and the British Rail Director of the Environment, Bernard Kaukas, the building was restored in 1985.
The project included the addition of a public house, initially called the Phoenix and Firkin to commemorate the fire, then called O'Neills and now the Phoenix. The building was given a Civic Trust award in 2009.
In the period 2011–2013 the station underwent a redesign with the construction of a new ticket office with access from Champion Park, new walkways and lifts to the platforms.
In Deptember 2021, a second entrance opened on the north-eastern side of the station.
The platforms are below road level, with the short Grove Tunnel at one end and Denmark Hill road bridge at the other.
Services at Denmark Hill are operated by London Overground, Southeastern and Thameslink. Services are operated using Class 375, 376, 377, 378, 465, 466 and 700 EMUs.
The station is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is on Champion Park in the south of Camberwell. It is near to King's College and Maudsley hospitals and to the Denmark Hill campus of King's College London, whose buildings are intermingled around and between the two hospitals.
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
During the peak hours, the station is also served by trains to Kentish Town, Luton, Orpington and Ashford International.
|Preceding station||Following station|
Peak Hours Only
towards Dalston Junction
|South London Line||
towards Clapham Junction
|Peckham Rye||British Rail
The station has 4 platforms, platform 1 being for services to Clapham Junction or London Victoria, platform 2 for services to Dartford or Dalston Junction , platform 3 for services to London Victoria or West Hampstead Thameslink and platform 4 for services to Dover Priory, Ashford International, Gillingham or Sevenoaks
London Buses routes 40, 176, 185 and 484 serve the station.