The building 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 since.

The Station in 1962

Train's still 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.

Station House Bed & Breakfast, Lingwood, Norfolk. NR13 4AZ
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