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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:35 pm 
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I came across this photo on another forum. It is dated 1968 but does look to be old and maybe contemporary wit the L&BR station. Of course it may not have been refreshment rooms when it was built ... or was it?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:59 pm 
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I have had correspondence with a lady who ran the refreshment rooms at the date of the photograph. She says the building was rented from the railway. It shows on the 1899 O/S map, so it must have been built for the LNWR. The lady says it was the gatekeeper's cottage, which I assume means the signalman.

However, for a busy crossing there would surely be two signalmen working shifts, so why only one cottage?

It is not mentioned in the excellent LNWRS Portfolio on housing.

So, when and why was it built?

Mike


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:18 pm 
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Mike, my guess would be that the cottage dated from the 1850s - 60s, when the signalling was primitive. At that date it is very likely that the crossing was operated by a gatekeeper. I am work right now and don't have to hand the opening date of Wellingborough LC SB, but it can be found in a certain "Track Layout Diagrams" book. Likewise the date of introduction of Absolute Block working on the line.
It might be instructive to locate the cottage in the census lists of 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 and see who lived in it at each of those dates.
The conversion to a restaurant may or may not have been at the LNWR expense. Maybe there is something in the minutes of the Traffic Committee - either about altering it, or about letting it.


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