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Railway Station, Godalming, 1905
Godalming's Railway Station wasn't very different 100 years ago


"Godalming is at its best now" wrote the sender of this card, which was posted in Godalming on 23 July 1908 and sent to Mr. Jack H. Rockell in Brixton. The card shows the station building on Station Approach. Taxis have replaced the horses and carriages and the station building has been restored relatively recently but it otherwise looks very similar to the way it did a hundred years ago.

It wasn't the first station in the town. Godalming was initially at the end of the railway line and the terminus was on Old Station Road. In 1855 Richard Masey Hillier was the Station Master there and Godalming was described as being "on the Guildford and Godalming railway ... The London and Portsmouth railway, now in course of formation, will pass through the town[1]". The South Western Railway opened in 1859 and Godalming and Farncombe were served by two stations.

In 1878[2] Frederick Charles Jearum (1846-1897) was the station master at both stations; he lived on New Way with his wife and family. Presumably they lived in the station house, shown above, though this is not clear. The 1881 census records that he was born in Winchester and was the father of seven children[3]. Mr. Martin W. Dodge was the goods manager at the old station at the same time[2][3]. He lived at Old Station House in Old Station Road. W. Wiggins, with premises in Bridge street, was a goods delivery agent[2].

Farncombe Railway station (see next page) was opened in May 1897 and took the place of the Old Godalming station, which was then used as a goods depot[4]. In both 1901[5] and 1913[4] the following men were listed at the Godalming station and the depot:

[Godalming] Station, Edgar Ernest Smith, station manager ; Alfred Perry, goods agent, at Goods Depot station (Mr. Smith was born at Paddington and Mr. Perry at Salisbury).


"Godalming, Railway Station". Frith Series Postcard No.54682. Posted 23 Jul 1908.
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References:

[1] "Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Kent ..." (1855), Part 1: Counties & Localities, pub. Kelly & Co., Old Boswell Court, Temple Bar, London, p.702
[2] "Post Office Directory of Surrey" (1878) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London, p.2233
[3] 1881 Census of England and Wales, National Archives
[4] "Kelly's Directory of Surrey" (1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London, p.210. The directory states that Farncombe was opened in 1898 but it had opened the previous year.
[5] 1901 Census of England and Wales, National Archives.



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