Gedney Station, Lincs M&GN - July 2017

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Larstar

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An update from on the thread from dauntless - UE There's a number of threads on the forum based on this station, this one being of my favourites.

I think this building will soon be off the derelict register...

I first visited the site in 2012. Plans have gone through the local council to convert the station into an office with associated out buildings. After 60 years work has started to put the building back into use. So far its has been stripped back to the brickwork and is looking a bit sorry for itself. The platform on the station side is to be retained but the opposite platform is to be demolished.

You can find the history in the other threads but basically the station opened on the section of the M&GN between Spalding and Lynn in 1866 and closed in 1959. There is a lot more about this section of the line in the Middleton Press book Branch Lines around Spalding M&GN Saxby to Long Sutton


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Happier Days​

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In 2012​

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In 2017 - If it wasn't for the station platform would you even know it was a station?​

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Stripped back to the brickwork​

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The future of the station site​

Comment from Lincolnshire County Council just about sums it up: "This was an important historic building that in the past has been subject to requests from this department to record in advance of development. Unfortunately this has not happened and this building has been gutted to the extent that all the historic fabric has virtually been obliterated." Full planning documents here. Luckily some plucky souls have recorded at least some of what remained of the original features... :)
 
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It's all very well the council being regretful. No-one is ever held to account though. Great report, thanks and welcome to the forum. :)

I agree. Been following these forums for years but first time I've had anything worthwhile to post...
 

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That's a nice update. I always thought it could be saved. I like your idea of superimposing a steam train on to one of your pictures.
 

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I like your shot with the bw train! Yes have to agree with the comments about the council, sadly this happens more often than we find out.

I'm just glad to hear something is being redev and not demoed. Thanks for that!
 

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I enjoyed this having been twice myself after everyone had seemed to have forgotten about it .sad to see the room with the beautiful fire place and door gone.and the tree growing in there..i was shocked when I first spotted it how it was.after laying empty for yrs.i had to go have a look.thought it might have been a house conversion.i pass it every time I go Scotland so will be watching now.hope they keep the sign
 

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You made a decent job a'that, and it is good hear some positive news, too be honest I'm not impressed with the drawings, your pic "Happier Times" is what I would like to see the developers try and get close too,
Superinposing the steam train was sheer brilliance, Nicely Done, Thanks
 

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Woah, it's changed a lot!

I was going to revisit, as I really liked the tree growing inside this place.
It's a good job we document these things, as suddenly they've gone forever
 

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Just to make a final post on this thread as it's the last time we will see a post about this building on this forum. The plans must have changed at some point as it's now a home, not an office. Construction on the former station went on for nearly two years but it was eventually completed. It will never see a train again but at least it's now a nice house to live in and its future is assured. The building was so close to being beyond recovery. It's not a good sign once water starts coming through the roof! Shame more effort isn't put into buildings like this rather than just knock them down. But at least a happy ending in this case.
 

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Just to make a final post on this thread as it's the last time we will see a post about this building on this forum. The plans must have changed at some point as it's now a home, not an office. Construction on the former station went on for nearly two years but it was eventually completed. It will never see a train again but at least it's now a nice house to live in and its future is assured. The building was so close to being beyond recovery. It's not a good sign once water starts coming through the roof! Shame more effort isn't put into buildings like this rather than just knock them down. But at least a happy ending in this case.
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You can find the history in the other threads but basically the station opened on the section of the M&GN between Spalding and Lynn in 1866 and closed in 1959." I recall a radio news bulletin in 1959 announcing "A railway closes tonight. It is the Midland & Great Northern". The whole M & GN system went. The picture putting an LNER train on a length of the trackbed of the closed railway was very well done. It's good to see the building brought back into use, and the Gedney nameboard, plus the level crossing type gates. A satisfactory conclusion to a drawn out tale.
 

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Wow! Thank you for the up-date. Remember going here a few years back and it was a real mess (Report HERE). Great to see if restored and providing a lovely historic home for someone.
 
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