|UK Railway History|
|Brookwood station, Surrey. Photo: Charles Moorhen|
Brookwood railway station, on the former London & South Western Railway (L&SWR) line, between Woking and Basingstoke, is one of those nondescript places to which the average rail passenger would not give a second glance. But, in the overall history of L&SWR, later to become the Southern Railway, Brookwood played a fascinating role.
|The smaller Brookwood station building, built by the London & South Western Railway for use by funeral mourners. |
Photo: Charles Moorhen
The latter station still survives to this day and is privately owned.
|Brookwood Cemetery South Station Photo: Charles Moorhen|
The LNC offered three classes of funeral. First Class cost £2 10s (equal to £205 in 2015 terms), Second Class cost £1 (about £82 in 2015) and Third Class cost 10 shillings (.50p) or about £41 today.
However, the above prices did not taken into account travel costs for the funeral mourners. A First Class return ticket to Waterloo cost 6 shilling (.30p), Second Class cost 3/6d (17.5p), while a Third Class ticket would set a mourner back the princely sum of 2 shillings (.010p).
Robert Knox was the anatomist who accepted cadavers for dissection from the grave robbers, William Burke and William Hare. Hare saved himself from execution by turning King's evidence against Burke who was hanged and his body dissected.
Edith Thompson was a housewife and milliner whose lover, Frederick Bywaters, murdered her husband Percy. She was judged complicit in the murder of Percy and along with Bywaters, was hanged on the 9th January 1923; she at Holloway Prison; he at Pentonville Prison.
Here is a 'Quick Find ' locator for all Steam/Diesel Locomotives - Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) - Electric Multiple Units (EMU) to be found across the 'Along These Tracks' blog pages.
30075 30517 34016 60163 71000
08466 08909 09018 20107 20311 20314 31168 31288 31305 31462 31467
43151 57307 60017 66005 66013 66086 66237 66502 66765 67006 67013 66017 67026 66717 66729 66731 66738
Diesel Multiple Units:
153364 153366 153370 156411 165006 172344 220006 220010 220018 220028 222002 222015
Electric Multiple Units:
310086 317327 323214 350120 350250 390128 450108
To visit my Google Plus profile containing a large number of photos, please click here.