HISTORICAL SOCIETY
VISIT LINDEN HSE IN EYE
VISIT TO WEST STOW HALL
WW1 EXHIBITION 2014
COLUMBINE HALL VISIT
GARDEN PARTY 2012
BEDFIELD HALL VISIT
KIRSTEAD HALL, NORWICH
FRINTON STATION HOUSE
BOURNE MILL VISIT
CHRISTMAS MEETING 2009
PROGRAMME 2009-10
VISIT COGGESHALL ABBEY
QUIZ NIGHT 2008
2007 GET TOGETHER
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2006
DEENE PARK VISIT
WAR EXHIBITION 2005
VISIT MELFORD HALL
VISIT PAYCOCKES HOUSE
VISIT TO LAVENHAM
EXHIBITION 2004
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2003
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2001
VISIT TO WISBECH
VILLAGE WALKS
PRIORY EXHIBITION -01
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2000
COFFEE MORNING

SOCIETY VISIT TO THE FRINTON RAILWAY COTTAGE

The Society paid a visit on the 9th June 2011 to a very local feature, now becoming almost an icon of railway history the Crossing Cottage, Garden and Railway Museum at Frinton.
This building was occupied by the level crossing keepers who controlled the level crossing ‘gates’ at Frinton, but for those living locally the ‘gates’ were a symbol of the special character and independence of that part of Frinton developed between the two world wars, becoming a much sought after place to live. When somebody said they lived in Frinton that prompted the question do you live inside the ‘gates’?
After a vigorous campaign opposing the decision of Network Rail to remove their 19th-century gates as part of a programme to replace all manned crossings and operate them remotely by Closed Circuit Television from a central position on the line in Colchester, the gates were finally removed, some say by stealth, at 2 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 18th April 2009.
The cottage today is a museum maintained by the Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust and is full of memorabilia from times gone by in the general locality. Rooms are full of archive material with literally hundreds of photographs; the old signal box which was moved into the garden area when it became obsolete has much information for train buffs, including the old railway points and signal levers, that visitors can try themselves.

Joy Clinton invited members present to join her in a glass of wine to celebrate her birthday, which was an unexpected high point in what had been a most enjoyable meeting.
The photographs were taken in the late evening, hence their rather poor quality, but they do record the visit.
Size is definitely not important in this case and this small jewel of the past is well worth a visit.

M.J.T. 23/6/11.


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