May 29, 2008
Blankney & Metheringham Station
I was looking at the page about 'Metheringham Highlights'
In particular the section about 'Metheringham Railway Station'.
There is an error in fact in it, the original name of the station was 'Blankney and Metheringham'.
Before I dared to write this, I had a rootle around in a very old railway timetable to confirm my memory !!
Another observation is about the name of the track between the Station and Blankney Hall.
The formal name of it given by the occupants of the hall is 'The Old Coach-Road'
In the 1940's and 50's when I was a kid in Meg, we used to talk about walking and playing up and around 'The drive'.
Another story that I researched many years ago is that the Lord Londesborough was late and missed a train for a journey to London. As a result, he missed an appointment with the Queen.
To avoid any repeat of this, he had a law enacted in the House of Lords that decreed that 'Blankney Time' would be five (or maybe ten) minutes before the rest of England's time.
I have a vague memory of having a bus timetable for a bus going to Blankney from Metheringham arriving at a time before it left Meg.