A Patterned Platform

Once upon a time, a train line ran from Norwich, westward through many a Norfolk village. Laid in 1882 by the Midland and Great North-Western Railway, M&GNW was better known to the locals as the Muddle and Go Nowhere Line.

Bricks at Costessey Station

Bricks (baked ca.1880) form a pleasing Pattern on the former southern platform at the Hellesdon & Costessey Station . . . next stop, Norwich-Heigham; Photo 6th March 2018

My entry, as Pattern, for this week’s #2018picoftheweek Challenge

The line was active until 1985. These days, joined with the disused Great Eastern Railway from Aylsham to Cawston, it is better known as Marriotts Way: 26 miles of traffic-free track from Norwich, looping around Reepham and on to Aylsham, popular with walkers and cyclists … and me.

Marriotts Way at New Costessey

Marriotts Way at New Costessey as it passed the one-time station between Costessy and Norwich-Heigham;: Photo 6th March 2018

The platform is newly revealed. I knew it was there, but until the clearance, it was just hints of bricks.

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17 Responses to A Patterned Platform

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    It does really go nowhere, taking that great loop to the west.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      You’ve checked it out on Google Maps? Wow.

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        And Wikipedia, primarily because it really didn’t seem to be going anywhere it was supposed to.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        I’m sure the original rail line went somewhere, but it curled around to include every possible small town. But Marriotts way does indeed loop around the little town of Reepham, but I suppose that’s cos it comprises two separate railways, joined up. I have yet walked the loop, all of about 5 miles. The rest, the two ends, are regular walks for me.

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        I’m hoping to get out this summer and bike at least two of the rail trails, the Minuteman to the northwest, and, out where I used to live, the Nashoba. We’ll see.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Do it! I was out today, despite still suffering the tail end of a nasty bout of flu. But I felt so good for it. I went to Aylsham, walked out to Blickling Hall (one time home of the Boleyn family, birthplace of Ann, although the present hall wasn’t built till 1620s. ) Good photos. You’ll see them over the coming year.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        BRW: Costessey Henge lies off to one side of the Walk, a brief walk across a meadow thick with orchids and busy with dragonflies. Easily missed unless you know what you’re looking for.

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        As I recall from your posts.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Yea, I’ve now located it. I have a photo of it. It looks like a grassy hump. I took the daughter there. She recognised at once what it was. All those holidays in ‘Wessex’ rubs off.

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  2. Love the story that goes with this pic!

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  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Love the top shot, of the moss-covered bricks — the angle and composition really work.

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