which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

OCTOBER 1859 TO MID-1866

Courtesy of Glynn Waite

From To Name Comment
Station Masters
by 04.1857 c.03.1860 Robert Turner In White's directory of 1857. Wage 20/- per week in 10.1859. Increased to 22/-pw 06.03.1860. Resigned.
03.04.1860 05.01.1864 Luke Fox From Pointsman Whatstandwell (see below). Wage 22/-pw. To Station Master Cudworth for Barnsley.
05.01.1864 after mid-1866 S. Greenhough From Booking Clerk Ambergate. Wage 22/-pw.
by 10.1859 03.04.1860 Luke Fox Wage 16/-pw in 10.1859. To Station Master Whatstandwell (above).
03.04.1860 02.10.1860 E. Holmes New entrant? Wage 16/-pw. To Station Master Southwell Junction (Rolleston Junction from 01.11.1860) at a wage of 22/-pw.
05.03.1861 c.01.1862 J. Hobbs New entrant? Wage 17/-pw. Resigned.
04.02.1862 15.11.1864 S. Hodgkinson New entrant? Wage 17/-pw. Increased to 18/-pw 31.05.1864. To Station Master Moira at Wage of 22/-pw less 2/-pw house rent (exchanged with William Pykett below). Believed to be Samuel Hodgkinson, who became the first Station Master at Wirksworth (1871 census shows him having children aged 5 and 3 born at Moira).
15.11.1864 after mid-1866 William Pykett From Station Master Moira (exchanged with S. Hodgkinson above). Reduction in wage from 22/-pw less 2/-pw house rent to 18/-pw. Increased to 19/-pw 04.05.1866.
Area reliefmen would have covered periods when posts were vacancies.

There were only two employees during this period – the Station Master and a Pointsman. Pointsman is an early name for what became signalman, although at this time there was probably not the type of structure that became common-place in later years. The post – which probably covered a period of 12 hours – could well have also involved providing assistance in the shunting of goods traffic.

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