One of the original stations and in 1927 known as Holiday Camp (for Jesson and St. Mary's in the Marsh). In those days, the local village was Jesson and the station was built to serve the holiday and boys camps popular in the area.
Later the location changed its name to St. Mary's Bay (sounds more like a holiday resort, doesn't it?) and the station changed also. However, since the 1970's many of the camps have disappeared to be replaced by housing estates.
The station is not too far from the beach which is fine for bathing. On the way to the beach you will pass a pub, local shop, take-away and Post Office. Martello towers can be seen near here. These were part of the coastal defences built to repel Napoleon and his troops should they have chosen to invade.
Walking in the other direction takes you out into the Romney Marsh, past the local recreation ground with swings and room to play football. After about a mile and a half you will come to the village of St Mary in the Marsh, which has an Inn and a fine church. Edith Nesbitt, authoress of 'The Railway Children', who lived for many years in one of the buildings near our station, is buried here.
November 2000 saw another name change for this station, from Jefferstone Lane — as it had been known through the 80's and 90's — back to St Mary's Bay. Limited service applies please see timetable.