Updated 4 February,2008

Photo by Tony Eden, c1954

Above: Double-headed goods train approaching Harrogate on the Stray near Norwood; Class D49 62774 "Staintondale" and an unidentified WD behind it. The pedstrian bridge on the right of the b/w photograph is shown in this photograph of 2007.

Photo by David S Pugh,

It is a matter of individual opinion as to whether the former open view of the trains, or the now, perhaps overgrown, screening is the better option.

The line into Harrogate from Leeds (and from Weatherby) was about 300 yards from Norwood, passing through part of The Stray. School finished at about 4pm and this gave us an opportunity to nip round Tewit Well Avenue, past the Tewit Well, to the railway lin at the spot shown in the next photograph. At about this time the Pullman Queen of Scots from King's Cross arrived at Harrogate, the same train which Charlie would have seen at the cricket ground in Pannal. The Harrogate part of the Yorkshire Pullman left the station at 10am for King's Cross and this was Charlie's favourite method of getting to London on the rare occasion of a visit.

DMU crossing the Stray,1954

These DMUs were dark olive green and, initially, ran from Harrogate to Forster Square Station, Bradford, and to Leeds. Charlie Cass arranged for members of the Norwood Railway Club to travel with the Harrogate Mayor on the first public departure from Harrogate. The view over the driver's shoulder was wonderful, particularly crossing Crimple Viaduct. Hornbeam Station did not yet exist. This DMU has just left Harrogate Station and the Stray is on each side of the line. The row of trees on the right is the (road) Stray Rein. The bridge is the grass bridge over the Stray and the square bridge in the far distance is where York Place crossses the railway line.

This pedestrian bridge, on The Stray, over the railway is taken standing with your back to Tewit Well, a couple of minutes from Norwood and seconds away from Clifton. The former Brunswick Junction is a few hundred yards to the right.

Photograph by David S Pugh
who kindly gave permission to display here

A curious feature about the railway line at this point is that the level of the rails dip slightly to enable trains to pass safely beneath the arch of the bridge - that was certainly the case in the 1950s when you could easily discern the dip. It was also an ideal place to make ha'pennies into pennies by having the train flatten the coin for you.

The above photograph of the bridge was taken from this point, Tewit Well.

When the Great War broke out in August 1914, the Grand Duchess George of Russia opened a hospital for soldiers in a large house, number 1 Tewit Well Avenue. The building later became a Dr Barnado's Orphanage and later still was demolished to be replaced by the block of flats seen on the left hand side of the photograph.

Photograph by David S Pugh
who kindly gave permission to display here

This is how the Tewit Well looked in the 1950s; a sorry state with bricked up exterior.

Photograph by Bertram Unné included here pending authority from Unnetie
15 May,2007

A 1907 postcard shows 17 of the 31 arches of the Crimple Viaduct across which all trains to Harrogate from Leeds or Weatherby came. The Norwood Sports Ground was at the far left of the picture about 200 yards towards Harrogate. The postcard was published by H Shaftoe, 39 Cheltenham Crescent, Harrogate, and was shown as "Foreign" printed i.e. Bavaria.

One curious bit of Harrogate history was that the original Harrogate railway station, Brunswick Station, was (almost) on The Stray on the site of what is now Trinity Methodist Church and the tunnel was within yards of Norwood. The curious thing is that Charlie never seemed to mention it, probably in case a hoard of Norwood boys suddenly had an urge for exploration.

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