Ebchester Station

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Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:39 pm

Before its ultimate closure in 1953 Ebchester was a busy station on the North Eastern Railways Consett line. In March (I think) 1948 the Station Hotel was burned to the ground and one person was killed. This hotel was right in the station and the fire might possibly have disrupted rail traffic. Can anyone please suggest where I might find information on this fire. The local press has been no help. Many thanks.

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by 52D » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:21 pm

will look through my British Newspaper Library account.
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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:27 pm

Thank you

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by 52D » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:07 pm

nothing as yet
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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by PinzaC55 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:36 am

When you say it was "right in the station" do you mean it was a pub/hotel next to the station ?
It doesn't appear to have any significant buildings except for the SM's house.

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/e/eb ... ndex.shtml

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:09 pm

The Station Hotel was right next to the station and, after the fire, it was quickly rebuilt on more or less the same site but not with the exact same footprint. It is still there to this day and is now known as the Derwent Walk Inn. I have a photo of the original building from the 1870s when it was new and another from the 1920s if you would like to see them - assuming it is OK to post them here.

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:20 pm

The amazing thing is that one of the biggest buildings in the village was totally destroyed and one man was killed but I can find nothing in the press about it

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by PinzaC55 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:06 am

I've just looked at Google Earth and I see the building you mean. I only ever walked the line once, in 1978 and I didn't remember seeing it. Must have been happy days when you could roll up off a train at such a rural station then straight into the pub for a few pints !

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:14 pm

Here are the two pictures I mentioned in my previous post
Station Hotel, Ebchester.jpg
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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by archivist » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:58 pm

I have discovered that the fire actually happened on 4th February 1948 and the victim was George Thomas Temple, 85 year old father of the licensee but I can still find no press reports of what was a massive event in this tiny village.

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by pdg » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:22 pm

Just discovered this website recently and thought I should let you know my connection with the Station Hotel. My Uncle Norman Temple was the publican in the 1940s and I visited most weekends and school holidays for some years. My mother brought on the train or Venture bus from North Shields and she and my father helped out in the pub, my mother playing the piano and Dad singing. Have a few stories if you are interested. Peter Grant.

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Re: Ebchester Station

Post by pdg » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:09 pm

I would be pleased to fill a few gaps for you with regard to the Station Hotel fire. I did give some information in a forum I posted on February 20th.

Peter Grant

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