• Short Summary

    Harold and Helen Dawkins at their home, a former railway station house in Nunnington, Yorkshire.

  • Description

    M/S of a countryside railway station with the track in the foreground. M/S of a man, Harold Dawkins, coming out of the station with a stool; he climbs onto it to replace a light bulb and clean the the station lamp.

    Commentator tells us that this station at Nunnington in Yorkshire is home to Harold and his wife Helen. "The explanation is that this 80 year old station was closed down by British Railways in 1954 and bought by the Dawkins when they recently decided to retire. Today they have one of Britain's most unusual homes, with superb views of the Ryedale countryside".

    M/S of the station house as a steam train comes along the track in front of it; the engine is going backwards and pulls several goods trucks. It stops at the house, Harold gives the driver a letter and the train pulls out. We are told the nearest neighbour lives over a mile and a half away so the Dawkins look forward to the daily goods train visits.

    M/Ss of Helen Dawkins watering flowers outside the house with a watering can; she then walks through a gate and climbs a small wall to water plants and flowers in their garden. L/S of Harold feeding his chickens and geese at the end of the garden.

    Note: On file is a small article from a magazine about Helen Dawkins and her unusual home; it says they have a sweet shop in the old stationmaster's office and a cafe to seat thirty in the former waiting-room - it's a shame we didn't get to see them!

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    Film ID:
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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:26:00 / 01:39:50:00
    CP 307

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "M/S of the station house as a steam train comes along the track" - it's a Class J39 locomotive, Number 64867.

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