Hethersett railway station

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Hethersett railway station in 2005.jpg
Place Hethersett
Area South Norfolk
Grid reference TG170041
Original company Norfolk Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
30 July 1845 Opened
September 1847 Closed
February 1852 Reopened
28 December 1964 Closed to freight
31 January 1966 Closed to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Hethersett was a railway station near Hethersett, Norfolk.


The Bill for the Norwich & Brandon Railway (N&BR) received Royal Assent on 10 May 1844. Work started on the line in 1844 and the line and its stations were opened on 30 July 1845. Hethersett station opened with the line and was situated east of Spink's Lane station and west of Trowse station. The line ran from Ely to Trowse, in Norwich. The link into Norwich was delayed due to the need to build a bridge over the River Wensum that kept the river navigable. One month before the N&BR opened a Bill authorising the amalgamation of the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway with the N&BR came into effect and so Hethersett station became a Norfolk Railway asset.

Spink's Lane was closed in November 1845, so the next station west of Hethersett was Wymondham.[1]

The NR closed Hethersett station in September 1847.[2]

Five years later and four years after the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) took over the NR the new owners reopened Hethersett Station.[3]

A decade after Hethersett reopened, the railways in East Anglia were in financial trouble, and most were leased to the ECR, which wished to amalgamate formally but could not obtain government agreement for this until an Act of Parliament on 7 August 1862, when the Great Eastern Railway (GER) was formed by the amalgamation. Hethersett became a GER station on 1 July 1862 when the GER took over the ECR.

The GER amalgamated with other railways to form the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923, so Hethersett became a LNER station. On 1 January 1948 Hethersett became a BR station.[4]

Hethersett Station was now served by Diesel trains from 1962. British Transport Commission (1954).[5]

BR closed Hethersett station on 31 January 1966.[6]

Hethersett was located some distance from the village it took its name from. It was located on the Great Eastern Railway Main Line between Norwich and Thetford. Despite its remote location, the station was served by between ten and twelve trains a day each way during the early 1960s. Following closure, the platforms were removed and the station building stood derelict for many years, though it has now been restored and converted into a private residence.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Spinks Lane   Great Eastern Railway   Trowse


  1. ^ C.J. Allen[full citation needed]
  2. ^ RVJ Butt[full citation needed]
  3. ^ RVJ Butt[full citation needed]
  4. ^ Her Majesty's Government (1947). "Transport Act 1947". The Railways Archive. (originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office).
  5. ^ "Modernisation and Re-Equipment of British Rail"
  6. ^ RVJ Butt[full citation needed]

External links

  • Hethersett station on navigable 1946 O. S. map

Coordinates: 52°35′30″N 1°12′11″E / 52.5917°N 1.2031°E / 52.5917; 1.2031

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