Looking back at Percy Main Station

A postcard of Percy Main Station sent to Miss Jenny Burn c/o Mrs Armstrong of High Crook, Bardon Mill.

A postcard of Percy Main Station sent to Miss Jenny Burn c/o Mrs Armstrong of High Crook, Bardon Mill.

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Annie sent this postcard of Percy Main Station to Miss Jenny Burn c/o Mrs Armstrong of High Crook, Bardon Mill to ask her to come and collect her from the station the next day.

The postmark has been erased but there is an Annie Burn on 1901 and 1911 Census returns on the Ancestry website living in Percy Main.

She is the daughter of John and Mrs Isabella Burn (nee Richardson), and her father is employed as an NER boiler-smith.

The ladies in the street all have long dresses and large hats and the gents have flat caps.

The little girls have white pinafores and bonnets and there is a bicycle propped against the wall.

At either side of the bridge and on the station platform are gas lamps.

A horse and carriage is coming through the archway under the railway bridge, behind which can be seen a line of coal trucks.

The station booking hall is to the right and the Post Office public telephone is on the right.

The Northumberland County History – Volume 8 on Tynemouth district – says that the new railway from Blyth to Percy Main on the Newcastle to North Shields line opened in 1847 and was in private hands until the incorporation of Blyth & Tyne Railway Company in 1852.

North Eastern Railway acquired the branch in August 1874 and the line from Tynemouth to Monkseaton through Cullercoats and Whitley Bay was made in 1882.

The caption on the card says it is an NER station.

If anyone has further information please ask for Discover at North Shields Customer First Centre on (0191) 643 5270 or email discover@northtyneside.gov.uk