Dersingham railway station

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Dersingham
Dersingham Railway Station.jpg
Station buildings in 2006.
Location
Place Dersingham
Area King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk
Grid reference TF680307
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
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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Dersingham was a railway station on the King's Lynn to Hunstanton line which served the village of Dersingham, a few miles north of King's Lynn in North Norfolk, England. Opened in 1862, the station closed along with the line in 1969.

History[edit]

At 8 miles 17 chains (13.22 km) from King's Lynn, Dersingham marked the half-way point of the Hunstanton line. It was situated in possibly the most attractive section of the route where the line ran through extensive woodlands, between pine trees and rhododendrons, with the sea visible on the left.[2]

Architecturally, the station resembles North Wootton station, with a small main station building on the up platform and a small waiting room provided on the down platform; both had Great Eastern–style canopies. A small goods yard adjoined the main station building, and a standard Great Eastern gabled signal box was sited on the southern end of the down platform. A level crossing lay at the northern end of the station and, in common with other stations on the line, convenient lodging accommodation, a solidly built Carstone inn known as "The Alexandra Hotel", was to be found opposite the station approach.[3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wolferton
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Eastern Region

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

Present day[edit]

The station buildings, including canopies, signal box and both platforms, have largely survived the station's closure in 1969. The platform and outbuildings are in use as offices and stores for Semba Trading, a builder's merchant, while the main station building has been converted into a private residence.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 78.
  2. ^ Jenkins, S.C. (1987). The Lynn & Hunstanton Railway and the West Norfolk Branch. Headington, Oxford: Oakwood Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-85361-330-3. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, S.C., op. cit. p. 93.
  4. ^ Jenkins, S.C., op. cit. p. 133.

Coordinates: 52°50′55″N 0°29′37″E / 52.8485°N 0.4937°E / 52.8485; 0.4937