Gatekeepers and Crossing Policemen
There were crossing gates at three locations, operated by railway persons who lived at railway lodges at the locations. The first was at Northway, just to the north of Ashchurcn station, operated by a dedicated railwayman. The other two were south of the Ashchurch Road at Fiddington and Homedowns and on at least some occasions these were operated by the wives of railwaymen with other tasks (platelayer etc). All three were housed in a house ("lodge") probably owned by the railway.
All three lodges continued to be occupied until at least the 1930s, presumably by railwaymen, but there is as yet no detail of their precise jobs (or those of their wives!) after the war.
Accommodation Northway Lodge
|Name||Joined from||Pay increments||Next posting|
|Crump E||17 April 1860 deceased|
|Newell, Thomas||20/10/1860||Rugby, porter; in Rugby, retired, in 1871|
|Bassano J||before 1871||1873,1879||superannuated 30/12/86, see footnotes|
|Wood AJ||20/1/87 Wakefield Joint||1892|
|Arnold, Harry George||7/4/99||resigned 18/11/99|
|Shepherd, Samuel Stephen||12/7/99||see footnotes|
|Hawkins, Charles Howard||20/10/99|
|Jolly H||4/6/1900Fish Ponds gateman||deceased 2/3/01|
|Roper G||18/11/01 Ashwell signalman||Bristol; St Philips gateman 20/2/02|
|Beacham J||20/2/02 Draycott signalman||see footnotes|
|James Bassano lived at Northway Crossing in 1871. For full biography see under Signalmen|
|S S Shepherd only briefly. Became porter in Nov 1999, goods checker July 1900, resigned October 1902|
|John Beacham lived in Northway Lodge to at least 1925, presumably working as gatekeeper|
Fiddington and Homedowns Crossings
With the Fiddington and Homedowns crossings the men and their wives occupying the lodges are known from the 1870s to the inter-war years as shown in the following tables. Four of the seven wives appear in censuses as gatewomen. Two are also listed as such in railway documents. Mrs Leach is shown in Ashchurch station staff lists as earning 4/- (four shillings) a week and Mrs Webb, also listed in Ashchurch station records with her initial appointment shown in railway central records. She was probably recruited locally and appointed centrally.
Accommodation Fiddington Lodge, referred to once as Claydon Lodge.
|Leach, Mrs||1859-66||deceased 18/7/76|
|Bullock, Hannah||1871||wife of John, labourer||no occupation shown|
|Elizabeth Hancock||1881||wife of James, platelayer||no occupation shown|
or Anna Maria
|1891-postwar||wife of Henry, platelayer|
Accommodation Homedowns Lodge
|Elizabeth Webb||1871||wife of Charles Webb, platelayer|
|Mary Trapp||1881-1891||wife of John, platelayer|
|Elizabeth Stephens||1901-postwar||wife of Frederick, platelayer||no occupation shown|
|Vernon J||4/1/76 from FJ Joint Line||discharged 12/11/76|
|Dainty W||15/5/76 not shown||1877||resigned 19/5/77|
|Rickards J||16/10/77 Brightside porter||discharged 26/3/78|
|post redesignated as Porter|
This data has been researched and produced by Brian Harringman. Comments, additions, and especially corrections would be gratefully received.