LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington
Bedworth Station: lnwrb3267
Five more members of Bedworth Station's staff pose for the
camera sometime before World War One. Its unknown as to where, when or why the
photograph was taken although Peter Lee points out in his book 'Nuneaton,
Coventry I Leamington Railway' that only the station master is in uniform.
Whilst the shiplap construction is of the style seen in image 'lnwrb3260' there are two pointers which prove its not
taken on the same platform. First there five rows of planking beneath the
window and secondly there are two air vents visible. In the other image the
maximum number of planks seen is four and there is no evidence at all of any
air vent. Assuming the photograph is of Bedworth station staff then in all
likelihood they are either posed at the front of the station or on the opposite
Reg Instone of the LNWR Society writes, 'These must be later
than images 'lnwrb3258' and 'lnwrb3260' due to the extension of the delivery
office. The Station Master now has the more modern type of peaked hat (even
though it's the same Station Master), and the 'LNWR' ovals on the junior
men's lapels may have gone, although none of them are in these photos! Assuming
that the extension was completed in 1911, the Station Master who was there
before and after must have been A Faulks. His d.o.b. was 13 May 1880 and d.e.s.
was 27th October 1894. It would easily be possible to trace his career history
if required. Reference to the 1911 census shows that he was Alfred Faulks, born
1880 in Earls Shilton, Station Master in Bedworth. He was 30, married to
Elizabeth Mary with a 2 year old daughter'.