North Wootton railway station

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North Wootton
Location
Place North Wootton
Area King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk
Grid reference TF637244
Operations
Pre-grouping Lynn & Hunstanton Railway
Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
3 October 1862 Opened (Wootton)
July 1869 Renamed (North Wootton)
5 May 1969 Closed[1]
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
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North Wootton was a railway station on the King's Lynn to Hunstanton line which opened in 1862 to serve the village of North Wootton on the outskirts of King's Lynn in Norfolk, England. The station closed along with the line in 1969.

History

From opening the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway was operated by the Great Eastern Railway for a share of the gross receipts.

On 3 August 1863 a passenger train ran into a bullock near North Wootton station. Five passengers were killed as a result with the poor state of the rolling stock being partially to blame.[2]

On 3 September 1885 the 4:45 pm Kings Lynn-Hunstanton train derailed one mile south of North Wootton injuring six passengers.[3]

From opening North Wootton had a single track but in 1885 a passing loop and second platform were added. A signal box was provided at this date. However, further increases in traffic saw the line doubled in 1899 and a new signal box was provided in 1901.[4]

In 1923 following the grouping North Wootton became a London and North Eastern Railway station.

Following nationalisation of the railways in 1948 the station fell under the aegis of British Railways (Eastern Region).

Diesel Multiple Unit operation superseded steam operation in December 1968.[5]

The goods yard was closed on 28 December 1964 although the sidings were not removed until December 1965. Further rationalisation saw the line singled, the level crossing automated and the signal box closed on 2 April 1967. Despite this rationalisation the line was doomed, and closed completely on 5 May 1969.[6]

Description

As the first intermediate station on the line, North Wootton was situated some 3 miles 19 chains from King's Lynn. Much like Dersingham station, it was equipped with an up and down platform - the main station buildings on the up side and smaller waiting facilities on the down side. The main building was 'L' shaped comprising a two-storey stationmaster's residence together with an adjoining booking office; the building was a hybrid of the original Lynn & Hunstanton Railway architecture plus later modifications introduced by the Great Eastern Railway at the turn of the twentieth century. At the south end of the platforms lay a minor road which the line crossed on the level, with crossing gates being controlled by a standard Great Eastern signal box.[7]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
King's Lynn
Line closed, station open
  British Rail
Eastern Region

King's Lynn to Hunstanton branch
  Wolferton
Line and station closed

Present day

The station buildings survived closure. The station itself (along with platforms) is now a private residence. The goods area is now the headquarters of North Wootton's Scouts and Guides. In May 2008 the old signal box was transferred to Leeming Bar station on the Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire as part of a £50,000 renovation project which was backed by a £22,700 heritage lottery grant.[8]

References

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 174.
  2. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 154: 28.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Stanley (October 1996). "The Hunstanton Branch - a seaside branch in East Anglia". Great Eastern Journal. 88: 4, 5.
  4. ^ Paye, Peter. "Signal Box Survey:North Wootton". Great Eastern Journal. 134: 40.
  5. ^ Joby, Richard. "Signal survey:North Wootton". Great Eastern Journal. 74: 24.
  6. ^ Paye, Peter. "Signal Box Survey:North Wootton". Great Eastern Journal. 134: 41.
  7. ^ Jenkins, S.C. (1987). The Lynn & Hunstanton Railway and the West Norfolk Branch. Headington, Oxford: Oakwood Press. p. 89. ISBN 0-85361-330-3.
  8. ^ Lynn News, "New home for North Wootton signal box", 27 May 2008.

Coordinates: 52°47′31″N 0°25′40″E / 52.7920°N 0.4278°E / 52.7920; 0.4278


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