Massingham railway station

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Massingham
Massingham Station TJdr.jpg
A view circa 1910. Note the criss- cross fencing typical of the M&GN Joint Railway
Location
Place Little Massingham
Area King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk
Grid reference TF793248
Operations
Pre-grouping Lynn and Fakenham Railway
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Post-grouping Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
16 August 1879 Opened
2 March 1959 Closed to passengers
1 January 1966 Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Massingham railway station is a now closed railway station in North Norfolk. It was situated at Little Massingham and was on the line between King's Lynn and the Great Yarmouth and served the villages of Little and Great Massingham and Harpley.

History

A driving force behind the building of the Lynn & Fakenham railway line was the Reverend Joseph Lloyd Brereton of Little Massingham. Supporters of the project used to meet at his rectory in the 1870s. As a result of their endeavours the line was built from Lynn to Massingham and the station and line was opened by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway on 16 August 1879. Later the line was extended and continued onto Fakenham opening on 16 August 1880.

It later was managed by the London and North Eastern Railway until nationalisation in 1948 when it came under the control of British Railways until closure in 1959.


This was abbreviated to (M&GN), interpreted by many as meaning the Muddle & Get Nowhere Railway. Massingham was also the only station between South Lynn and Fakenham to have a footbridge. After the line was closed the main ticket office and waiting rooms and the stationmaster's house were converted into two houses.

References


Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Hillington   Midland and Great Northern   East Rudham

Coordinates: 52°47′29″N 0°39′30″E / 52.7913°N 0.6583°E / 52.7913; 0.6583


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