Wickford Railway Station and Wick Lane Railway crossing

These photographs are showing the railway through Wickford in earlier times.

Wickford Station c.1907
Wick Lane leading to the rail crossing
Wickford Level Crossing c1919
Wickford Station Turntable
Wickford Station
Wickford Station
Wickford Station
Wick Lane level crossing and railway cottages
Wickford Railway Station staff at the turn of 19th and 20th century
Eileen Cox
Building the railway at Wickford, c.1880.

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  • I remember Tracy Passfield at Bromfords School, it was better to be his mate than his enemy, RIP. We used to hang around with Andy Smith, Gary Wellsby, Nigel Angus and Terry Wood.
    Anybody remember them? I remember the Buckleys, and Chambers boys as well. Like most of us I’ve moved away, now on the Norfolk Broads, when the world gets back to some normality, we should try and meet up.
    Great memories, some painful.
    Once more, sad to hear that Tracy is no longer with us. I guess he’s got a gang of followers once again RIP.

    By GARY TOWNSEND (22/11/2020)
  • I believe the GIGNEY stores used to advertise on the railway timetable. My wife is the youngest daughter of the GIGNEYS.

    Are there any other adverts that would be able to be copied, in other local publications?

    [A copy of the advertisement in the railway timetable can be seen here. Editor]

    By john wells (09/11/2020)
  • The station master in the sixties was Mr Gordon. I went to junior school with his son in Market Road between 1955 and 1959.

    I mention him in a self published book that I have written called ‘The Journey’

    A copy of it was donated to the Wickford Library at the end of August 2019.

    It is a rather robust account of Essex teenagers in the swinging sixties.

    By Peter Williams (13/09/2019)
  • My grandparents, Mr and Mrs Elvin, lived for most of their married life in the terrace of railway houses at the top of Wick Lane. My grandfather, Cornelius Elvin, (1879-1979), worked on the railway at Wickford station for most of his working career, not retiring until he was into his 70s. My uncle, Alf Elvin, and my cousin, Arnold Brewer, were also railway workers at Wickford.

    By Sandra Martin (10/03/2018)
  • I used to live in the railway cottages with my mum, Maureen, and two brothers, Tracy and Linnroy, (Tracy has since died.) No inside toilet or bathroom. Bath used to hang on a nail at the back of toilet door. Hot water came from an Ascot gas heater. When we moved in we had a copper for washing clothes, and paddle and lid. I now live in Bedford, I left Wickford in March/April 1979. I’ve been back twice so far. My pub was the Castle, now gone. My claim to local fame is I got expelled from Beauchamps after one and a half days for fighting at this new school. Remembering good friends Richard Buckly and family, the Chambers boys, Jeff W Pluto who kept me out of lots of trouble because he was the sensible one amongst us all, Darren C. Antoni S and Tracy and Sherry E. Never forgot Diane Morrel and family.  Hope some of you remember my brother and me. Best regards Shannon in Bedford.

    By Mr Shannon Passfield. (11/10/2017)
  • Does anyone know the name of the first Stationmaster of Wickford? I have a reference to a Mr Lacking being the man in 1899 but cannot find any evidence to support this.

    By Peter Brown (14/07/2012)
  • My family lived in one of the railway cottages from about 1973 until 1978. My father died in the house. We were moved to another property as the cottages were to be demolished to make way for new houses. Mr & Mrs Passfield lived next door.

    By Richard Buckley (11/06/2012)
  • The house beside the level crossing was once occupied by the Brett family, and I knew their son Derek. I believe the Bretts were the level crossing keepers.

    By John Rogers (05/06/2012)

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