Mansfield Station Master
My Grandfather John James Nicholson was Station Master at Mansfield Central Station. I do not know the exact dates but he was there in 1947 when my mother was married, and in the early 1950’s when my brother was born. He lived over the top of the station.
John James was born in Bishop Auckland, Durham in 1891, and this is where I believe he married Mahalah Daffin (born Stavely Derbyshire) in 1909. He is said to have been in the Merchant Navy during the first World War, I recall seeing letters he wrote my Gran.
Just when he started work on the railway and came to Mansfield is unknown.
He was a tall man around six foot, he was very gentle and a Methodist. He also enjoyed painting in water colours and is said to be in a Water Colour Painters Book!
My grandma was quite the opposite in size as she was only four foot eleven inch’s, and very stern. She used to deliver babies for the mums like they did in them days.
In the 1960’s they lived in the bungalows on Goodacre Street, Mansfield, and were living there in 1966 when he died. My grandmother died in 1970/71.
Maybe someone will recall the old station, and my granddad as station master.