dates back to 1882, when it was built by the Great Eastern Railway
Company to serve the village of Lingwood. At this time there was
a thriving grain industry in the village, and a grain store was build
next to the station, with sidings and a second platform. Much of
this still exists to this day although is not publicly accessible.
The building is made up of seventeen rooms. The main "body"
of the building was originally the station Master's quarters, with
the private sitting room being the booking office, and further bedrooms
once being offices, waiting rooms, and even the gentleman's lavatory!
The building was closed as a staffed station in 1965 during the
cuts made by Dr Beeching. After this it was used as a dress shop,
and then a Dr's surgery, before being left derelict for several
years in the early eighties. It was bought from British Rail
in 1989 by the currently owners, and was completely renovated. Many
of the original features were retained, including the beautiful
mahogany staircase balustrading, and original ceiling mouldings.
It was opened as a Bed & Breakfast in 1990, and has been ever
The Station in 1962
run to the station to this day (note that the building is double
or triple glazed throughout so this does not affect the tranquillity
of guest bedrooms). Today the line is known as the "Wherry
Line" (due to the fact that it runs along side the River Yare
for most the way - Wherries being the former vessel of choice for
many traders on the river) and is a rural branch line which operates
between the city of Norwich and the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.
There are several stops along the line at the various country villages
on the route, with Lingwood being approximately in the middle, about
fifteen minutes from either terminus. The line is served mainly
by modern "Sprinter" trains, although locomotive hauled
services run in the summer mainly at weekend. We also see the occasional
steam train passing through on rail tours to Great Yarmouth.
The line it's
self still retains much of the traditional character that is synonymous
with historic rural railways. It is one of the few lines in the
country to still use semaphore signalling, hand operated gated crossings,
and mechanical signal boxes. The line has been said to rival many
of the private "historic" railways in Britain. This makes
Station House the perfect base for a break for the railway enthusiast.