Drew Family Diaries provides details of the Drew and Parkin families by providing notes on diaries kept by Sheila Drew nee Parkin and her father Charles Gordon Parkin
East Kirkby Railway Station
My grandfather, Gordon Parkin always referred to Station Street. Anyone I have asked about it has responded that it was always called that. However, on a map I have, from around 1900, it is labelled Station Road. In addition, Station Road extended across Four Lane Ends onto what is now Diamond Avenue.
Origin of the Name
Regardless of whether it started off as Station Road, Station Street was named after East Kirkby Railway Station which was also known as the Midland and LMS Station. Indeed, while that station was open, the demarcation between Urban Road and Station Street was the level crossing close to the station.
Station Street Level Crossing.
There are photographs of the Station Street level crossing in the book “Kirkby-in-Ashfield: An Interesting Township” by Bill Clay-Dove (p39) and in the Kirkby and District Conservation Society booklet “A Brief History of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Portland Park” (p43). There are contrasting photos of what the transition from Urban Road to Station Street was like when the level crossing was in place and now in the Kirkby Heritage Centre book “Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Annesley and Kirkby Woodhouse Then and Now Volume 2“. The level crossing is identified as a favourite place for trainspotters in Jonathan Evans’ book “The Mystery of Ernie Taylor’s Abdomen” (p79).
East Kirkby Railway Station
Looking up Portland Street/Factory Road “then”, East Kirkby station would have been to the left. “Now” this appears to be residential accommodation.
Steaming Back to Kirkby Wesbite
There is a range of excellent historical material concerning East Kirkby Railway Station on a page called “Why is it Called Station Street” on the Steaming back to Kirkby website. This includes brilliant photos of the station, the nearby crossing and footbridge, and other relevant memorabilia, such as a railway ticket to Mansfield and flyers for trips to Dudley and Cleethorpes. There are also some details of the new railway station and Robin Hood Line which opened in November 1996. There is also a great set of narrated photos, an audio by George Peat of taking Mr Roe’s racing pigeons to the station and a video of Newstead and District Racing Club transporting their pigeons on a race day.
Three Railway Stations
“Then”, Kirkby in Ashfield had three railway stations – Kirkby Bentinck, Kirkby in Ashfield Central and Kirkby in Ashfield East. They all closed in the 1960s, Kirkby in Ashfield Central in 1962, Kirkby Bentinck in 1963 and Kirkby in Ashfield East in 1964. A new station, at a different location opened in the 1990s and is the current station.