George Stead Henry Lawrence

(Lawrance – NLR staff register [RAIL 529/134]) Train register boy. Age 13. Appt 21 Dec 1886. Transferred to LNW 1 Feb 1909. Father was a LNWR checker at Broad Street. Joined straight from school (St Columba’s Boy’s School, Kingsland Road). [RAIL 529/134/258 Folio 82.] Train register boy. New appt. Pay 6s. [RAIL 529/53 1 Feb […]

Hirdle Family

The Hirdle Family Edward senior, wife Fanny, son Edward junior and daughter Caroline, All of whom had a job with the North London Railway Edward Hirdle Senior He was born in Apsley, Bedfordshire, the son of a carpenter, somewhere between 1825 (according to his death certificate, aged forty-four when he died in 1869) and 1831 […]

Signalman James Thackray

(who thrice showed quick witted promptitude) (Originally published in Journal 64, December 2015, of the NLRHS) by Peter Bloomfield with help from Margaret Foote James Thackray was born about 1830 to John and Elizabeth Thackray and christened on 26th March 1830 in Godmanchester, then in Huntingdonshire. By 1841 he was living with his parents and […]

The Skegness Disaster

(originally published in Journal 61, December 2014, of the NLRHS) On Saturday the 8th July, 1893, a party, numbering about eighty, of North London Railway men with their friends and relations went on an day excursion to Skegness, arriving at half past ten. It was a happy party that made their way along the road […]

William Acton Gittins, engine driver – 1833 - 1909 NLR Railwayman

William Acton Gittins

Driver and Thrice Married (Originally published in Journal 56, March 2013, of the North London Railway Historical Society) [Including sons William Acton and Alfred Acton] by Carol Clarke, his great great granddaughter, with railway research by Peter Bloomfield [William Acton Gittins, engine driver – 1833-1909]   He was born in No 3 Alfred Street, Millwall, […]