13 thoughts on “Visitor Centre

  1. To Mike Pool – Would it be possible to get a copy of the permit emailed to me as I have recently moved into Grindon and it would be lovely to have a bit of history on display in the house.

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  2. I AM HOPING TO GET SOME INFO REGARDING WYNYARD STATION POSSIBLY WITH PHOTOS. MY GREAT GRANDFATHER, HENRY STURDY, WAS STATIONMASTER THERE IN 1881. I NOTE THE BOOK BY ALAN BETTNEY AND WILL TRY TO OBTAIN A COPY, ALSO THE INFO ON THE VIADUCT. THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED.

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  3. Anyone interested in seeing a picture of the building of the viaduct should take a luck at a book titled, Thorpe Thewles of Grindon Parish A History, by Thorpe Thewles History Group.

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  4. The Vane Arms at Thorpe Thewles, had a supurb set of photographs of the construction of the railway and viaducts on the walls of the bar. “Progress” to a “modern” pub a few years ago resulted in these being sold/given away to locals. There are probably some still in the village but it will require someone to go door knocking to find them.

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  5. Thank you Mike, Bob, and Terry for the information you have given me. “Yes” Terry I am still busy searching around Norton and Castle eden for ancestors. I have ordered the Castle Eden Railway book by Alan Batteney it sounds a gem. My Grandfather Guy Dowson was railway signalman for Heselden until 1948 I believe he spent most of his working life on this piece of railway but I am not sure if he held other positions there. He worked at Burnhill in 1913 but moved to Heselden before 1915.My Grandmother Ellington (nee Dawson) moved to Castle Eden at the age of 3 to live in the railway cottages .The family moved from Norton Junction where her Grandfather Thomas Bell was Railway inspector and Civil Engineer for the N.E.R.They lived in the Inspectors house for a time with 12 or 13 offspring.”railway children”. Mike it appears that your relatives went to Norton a little later but may have met some Bells or Dawsons that still lived on the Junction or the Railway Pub Station Road.

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  6. Christine, Not sure of exact year,Possibly 1927/28. My grandfather, Grandmother, my Father and his two Brothers lived in one of the Houses adjacent to the Station. My Grandfathers name was Alexander G.Pool, and he was Porter/Signalman at Thorpe Station. They had also earlier lived in a Railway House at Grindon further along the line. I still have a permit which stated,that He his Wife ,Family,Relatives and Friends could walk over and along the Company”s Stockton and Sunderland (via Wellfield)Railway between Grindon Cottages and Thorpe Thewles Station. Again unsure of the date, but possibly when passenger Trains finished,the family moved to the Junction Cottages at Norton,and he transfered to Norton Station.

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  7. Christine,I have a copy of a 50 page booklet called “The Castle Eden branch of the north east railway ” by Alan Betteney, first published in 1993 which you may find of interest(ISBN 1 B72239 09 9).I think it is available via Amazon”s website & certainly a few Teesside bookshops should have it in stock when you are up this way again. The station I think opened in 1878 & closed in 1951 but the line was open for goods until 1966.Page 30 alleges that prior to the first world war the stationmaster at Thorpe Thewles was found murdered! Also a google search should bring up quite a few articles & pictures.

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  8. Christine “The Castle-Eden Branch of The North Eastern Railway” , by Alan Betteney is available at Stockton Tourist Information, Central Library and a number of local libraries in the Stockton Area

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  9. Does anyone have any information on the Castle Eden Branch railway or photographs of the Station when it was in use. I would like to here from anyone who had information about the Station or the people that lived there.

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  10. I did some research on this line for Cleveland County Council prior to its opening as a public walkway and after the demolition of the nearby viaduct. The papers seemed to suggest that Lord Londonderry reserved the right to stop London bound trains at Wynyard should ever he wish to get on board. At the Durham Record Office There was also an amazing photograph of the viaduct being constructed.

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  11. Thorpe Thewles closed to passengers on 2nd. November 1931, and closed for goods on 2nd. April 1951. The line was used for through traffic until 1968. The station is now used as a visitor centre for the Castle Eden Walkway and has been partly rebuilt and refurbished in the original style. It does not however appear in LNER condition in its present form – in particular, the porch front has not been recreated and the building has security shutters.

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  12. Its been 30 years since a railway carriage last stopped at the station. But work is underway to develop an old carriage into a new classroom for local school children.

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