This was another piece of Mansfield that I knew very well, and just about walked up and down it every day for many years.
In the days of the horse drawn carriages, regular travellers were transported along this road either going to the station or to the Midland Hotel. This mode of travel was soon followed by the motor cars and buses as these came to be more and more popular with the folk of Mansfield.
Mansfield Midland station was raised above the surrounding areas, hence one side being called Station Hill, and the road in the drawing being called, Station Approach. But to the locals, both the approaches were called station Hill.
The Bus Companies took advantage of both modes of transport, for they made the station a terminal for their routes. So much so, that passengers were able to arrive at the station by train, then board a bus to complete their journey.
I have called this page “The Station Master’s House” for I recollect someone saying that the Station Master lived there. I can only confirm that when I was about 6 years old, my father took me to visit at the house. My father also worked for the rail company for many years, and for some reason, I have always believed it was the Station Master who lived there. I had no reason to think otherwise.
My wife, who came from Maltby Road, also remembered that her mother once told her that her auntie, (her mother’s auntie) lived there and was married to the station master.
I remember the road around the station was cobblestone, horses would often slip on the stones when pulling carts.
I have previously written that Heymier and Copeland’s had their stores under the two arches at the bottom of Station Road to house their stock.
Round the corner on Queen Street, the house of the station master had two gated entrances, so my feelings are that the house also in past times had it’s own horses and carriage. My recollection from being 6 years old was, It was a big house that you could easily get lost in, big, especially in comparison to ours!
Many of these houses went years before the rebuilding of the town. So much so, as the cars came more available to those who could afford, no rebuilding was made then, but the space was used for car parks.
A few years later, these houses fell into disrepair, and along with those on Quaker Lane, were demolished to make way for Council Plans for the town.