Fakenham West (Known locally as Hempton) RETURN TO FAKENHAM INDEX
Fakenham’s second railway station was opened by the Lynn Fakenham Railway Company on 6th August 1880 and was to be known as 'Fakenham Town', The line would eventually link the Midlands to Norwich, Cromer and Great Yarmouth. In its heyday the station was a busy one and enjoyed good passenger numbers, particularly on the Thursday market day and for the races or agricultural shows. Parcels and milk traffic were regular, as was grain and flour traffic generated by local mills. Coal and coke for domestic use and the gas works was heavy, as was sugar beet. It wasn’t unusual on Thursdays to see 60 or 70 livestock wagons being loaded with cattle, pigs and sheep.The station was renamed 'Fakenham West' on the 27th September 1948 but only a decade later became an early victim of railway closures by the British Transport Commission.
* Further pictures of Fakenham's railways can be seen here: FAKENHAM (EAST)
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