This is the north western facing elevation, viewed from Station
Road. Whilst at first glance little has changed in the
intervening years, the large canopy over the main entrance
has gone, the garden on the right has become a car park
and the footbridge to the down platform has lost both
its roof and the windows. The massive telegraph pole on
the far side of the track has also been replaced.
This card was posted in 1916 and sent to Freddie Thorpe
of Surbiton by his grandmother. She noted that this was the "Front
View of the Station. ... Gran lives at the back of this" so
she must have lived on Summers Road.
Farncombe station was opened on 1 May 1898 and replaced
Old Godalming Station a little further down the line to the
south, which then became a goods depot. William Henry Pearce,
who was born in 1861 in Woodbury in Devon, was the first
station master. He was still at Farncombe in 1913.
His son, Llewellyn Reginald Pearce, was employed as a Railway
Telegraphist in 1911 and in 1939 he was still working for
the railway, by then as a Passenger Railway Guard and living
Notice published in the "Morning Post",
28 April 1897
South Western Railway.
Principal Train Alterations,
Commencing 1st May.
On Saturday, 1st May, a NEW STATION will be OPENED
for Passenger Traffic at FARNCOMBE, situated between
and Godalming (New), and from that date the booking
of passengers at
Godalming (Old) Station will cease, and be transferred
Station, and the Service of Passenger Trains to and
(Old) will be discontinued. For full particulars of
Train Service to
and from Farncombe, see pages 60, 61 and 62 of Time-book.
Traffic will be dealt with at Godalming (Old) as hitherto.
By 1924 Godalming and Farncombe stations were sharing the
same station master.
A few yards to the right of the station is a road junction
and level crossing with a signal box. In 1925 this junction
was the scene of a minor drama and a lucky escape when a
steamroller ran down Farncombe Street towards the level crossing.
The driver, having narrowly avoided colliding with a motor-lorry,
steered his steamroller into a part the level crossing which
had just been opened after the passenger train from Portsmouth
to London had gone through. The driver was unhurt but the
line was blocked for several hours.
Henry Pearce, with two of his staff and several local children.
Recommended reading for train enthusiasts:
Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (1985, 3rd reprint 2006)
"Southern Main Lines Woking to Portsmouth",
Middleton Press, Easebourne Lane, Midhurst, GU29 9AZ.
 WHP was living at the Living in
the Station Master's House on Summers Road in the 1901 census
with his wife, Sylvia, and four children. The couple's youngest
daughter was born in Farncombe. The family were still at the
Station House in 1911 and WHP is listed in Kelly's directory
of 1913 (Farncombe Railway Station, William Henry Pearce, station
master). Kelly's Directory gives the opening as 1898, but this
 Information from the 1939 Register.
 Kelly's Directory of Surrey, 1924. The
station master for both stations was Sidney J Webb.
Evening News", 9 April
1925. Runaway Steamroller.