Opened in 1864, Brookwood station serves the rural village of the same name in Surrey. At one time, the majority of the station's passengers were deceased, with the now defunct London Necropolis railway aiming to ease central London's issue of cemetery overcrowding by delivering bodies for burial in Brookwood Cemetery. While the cemetery branch line has now closed - and Brookwood's passengers are now mostly commuters - the direct exit from the station to the cemetery remains. Today, regular passenger services leave the station for London Waterloo, Alton and Basingstoke.
The small settlement of Brookwood is dominated by its large cemetery, and thought to date back to the Anglo-Saxon period. The Nags Head, the village's oldest pub, is about 15 minutes from the station along the Saturn Trail, a walking route that follows the Basingstoke Canal. The pub backs onto Brookwood Country Park, a large area of semi-natural green space, wetland and woodland.