Visiting Wymondham railroad station, Wymondham, Norfolk, England: historic flint and brick construction
Memories of competing nostalgias!
Wymondham is a town in south Norfolk, England, and geographically it stands on some of the county's main road and rail networks. The rail services have shrunk in recent decades, but trains still run to Wymondham and, indeed, after some decades of being an unmanned stop, Wymondham Station has recently acquired regular ticket office staff again.
The original station dated from 1845. The current structure is in a combination of flint and brick. In Norfolk, flint has for centuries been a popular and durable building material. This, this mature, heritage type building is still is use in its original purpose.
Station collages, built of the same combination of brick and flint materials as the main railroad station, stand nearby; and it is thought-provoking to know that the station once employed about 50 people in the heyday of stream trains.
Some very conspicuous feature of the building are the tall, brick chimney stacks.
There is also another railroad station at Wymondham, known as Wymondham Abbey Station: this is owned by the Mid-Norfolk Railway, which is basically a heritage route running to East Dereham.
The company responsible for Wymondham Station proper is Abellio Greater Anglia, serving Norwich and Cambridge. Previous rail companies responsible for Wymondham Station included (nationalized) British Rail (1) and the Great Eastern Railway.
Today the periodically widened A11 highway — the main road artery from Norwich to the London area — has eclipsed the importance of Wymondham's railroad station, although the latter, with its strategic location in South Norfolk, has managed to survive for limited rail traffic, while many of Norfolk's smaller railroad stations have undergone permanent closure.
July 3, 2015
(1) In Great Britain, the railroads were nationalized in 1948; however, this arrangement did not last 50 years: the issues are still controversial, but it was thought that the discipline of private capital would be after all more responsive to the needs of the travelling public than a huge, state owned bureaucracy. Prior to privatization, and the disappearance of the British Rail name, enthusiasts for the old, private railroads found the memories of the old companies to be the source of profound nostalgia. Today, the former British Rail has become the subject of similar nostalgia informed also by ideological preferences to statist solutions!
Some sourcing: Wikipedia
Also worth seeing
In Wymondham itself, Wymondham Abbey is a partly ruined structure, founded by William d'Albini Senior in 1107. Becket Chapel in the town was founded by William d'Albini Junior in 1174.
Norwich (distance: 15 kilometres) has numerous visitor attractions, including Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral, with its conspicuous spire Norwich Guildhall, Pull's Ferry, Elm Hill, and many others.
How to get there: United Airlines flies to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. Wymondham 's rail links to London include those to Liverpool Street Station, via Cambridge. Wymondham is 206 kilometers from Heathrow Airport. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. You are advised to check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
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