GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
Southam Road and Harbury: Photo gwrsrh280b
This close up of image "gwrsrh280" shows the up platform at
Southam and Harbury together with passengers and facilities. The lampposts are
to the same design as those seen at Fenny Compton and are oil lit too. The
station buildings are however more impressive and more substantial than those
seen at Fenny Compton being large brick-built buildings with windows and doors
having sweeping arches. The wooden fencing is typically covered in advertising
and includes adverts for Lipton's tea, Pears soap and Sutton's seeds.
Peter John of the Friends of Heyford Station writes, 'I am
currently researching the GWR employment history of a former Station Master at
Heyford. His name is William Humphrey Fowle (1870-1945) and he was at Heyford
from March 1899 to June-July 1906. Thereafter he transferred to Southam Road
and I believe that he remained there until mid-1911 - when he was then promoted
to Station Master of Solihull station for (possibly) the remainder of his GWR
working life (which began in October 1885 as a Lad Clerk at Paddington).
Robert Ferris, our GWR expert writes, 'I have confirmed that
his name appears in the Staff Change list in the August 1906 GWR Magazine -
W.H. Fowle, station master, Heyford to Southam Road and again in the September
1911 GWR Magazine - W.H. Fowle, Stationmaster Southam Road to Solihull. In
January 1933 GWR Magazine (page 50) the following paragraph appeared - Mr W.H.
Fowle has received a presentation of a case of pipes from the staff, on his
retirement from the position of Station Master at Solihull. He had held that
position for the past 20 years, and was highly esteemed by the staff. From the
Obituary Notices of the GWR Magazine (December 1945) - Mr W.H. Fowle on October
25, aged 75. Formally station master at Solihull (for 23 years) he retired in
1932 after 47 years service. Among those representing the Company at the
funeral were Mr F. Marshall, now station master at Solihull and Mr Taylor, who
was formerly station master at Birmingham, Snow Hill'.