Meeting the past at Edenbridge Town Station

Meeting the past at Edenbridge Town Station

29 Nov, 2019
Edenbridge Station master Hayley Payton poses with an image of William Gray, who many years ago was the Master of Edenbridge (Top) station.

The current station master of Kent’s Edenbridge Town Station has come face to face has with one of her predecessors. Station master Hayley Payton met William Gray, who many years ago was the Master of Edenbridge (Top) station. William’s image has been given pride of place at the Town station, which he would have known well.

His image in a stained-glass window was spotted at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul by Sussex CRP community rail officer, Sharon Gray.  The community and Eden Valley Museum were enlisted to help research William’s life. His image has been professionally reworked and enhanced to provide a beautiful display for the station’s window. Inside a plaque explains who William was and his connection to the station.

This project has ow grown into a formal station partnership with the Eden Valley Museum. Supported by a grant from Southern, the Museum are now working with Sharon and Hayley to provide a display of vintage photographs from their collection of local people and places and the installation of a dedicated display board informing customers of their many exhibitions and activities. Hayley said it was great to see William’s image and is looking forward to the installation of the photographic display.


More news from Sussex CRP

The gallery display in the ticket hall at Sussex’s Hurst Green station, has been renewed with a new and exciting watercolour exhibition courtesy of local artist Pauline Merritt.  The exhibition space is managed by station partners, Creative Community.

Creative Community is an arts and gardening initiative based in Hurst Green, that work to encourage local groups and individuals to come together to learn and share creative skills and work on creative and gardening activity.  The displays at the station have included works by local schools, photography club, art groups and individuals in a variety of media.  Other projects managed by the group include planting on and around the station and taking an unused, neglected piece of land by the local community centre and with the help of local residents turning it into a community garden.

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