Walsingham railway station

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Walsingham
WalsinghamStation.jpg
The former Walsingham station, 2007
Location
Place Walsingham
Area North Norfolk, Norfolk
Coordinates 52°53′37″N 0°52′12″E / 52.89357°N 0.87010°E / 52.89357; 0.87010Coordinates: 52°53′37″N 0°52′12″E / 52.89357°N 0.87010°E / 52.89357; 0.87010
Grid reference TF931368
Operations
Original company Wells and Fakenham Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London & North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
1857 Opened
1964 Closed to passengers
1967 Buildings reopened as a church
1982 New station opened nearby
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

Walsingham was a railway station on the Wells and Fakenham Railway, later part of the Great Eastern Railway. It opened on 1 December 1857, and served the villages of Great Walsingham and Little Walsingham. It closed on 5 October 1964.[1] The station buildings were purchased in 1967 by a group of members of the Russian Orthodox Church and developed into a small monastic community house, including St. Seraphim's Russian Orthodox church.

The resident religious community has plans to further develop the site, including a permanent dual exhibition which will both showcase the religious life, in particular the art of icon painting, and also provide a historical review of the site's railway heritage.[2]

Since 1982, there has been a second station at Walsingham - the southern terminus of the narrow gauge Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. This station is sited slightly to the north of the original, the latter now having a car and coach park on the site of the tracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory Of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  2. ^ Details on the St Seraphim's Trust webpage.
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wighton Halt
Line and station closed
  Wells and Fakenham Railway   Fakenham East
Line and station closed
Wighton Halt
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Eastern Region

Wymondham to Wells via East Dereham
  Fakenham East
Line and station closed