Uttoxeter station

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Description:Two North Staffordshire Railway staff pose for a photograph at Uttoxeter station in around 1900.

This station was an important junction for trains to Stoke, Derby, Burton-upon-Trent, Stafford, Ashbourne, Buxton and trains to Manchester via Leek and Ashbourne, serving three lines in total.

The station master is Thomas Mellor. The woman to the left in the photo is Thomas' wife Emma Mellor, nee Mottershead. See research information below.

Station posters advertise the Imperial Laundry (for 'wonderful snow white linen') and cheap rail fares to London.

Note the tell-tale sooty residue of the gas light in the foreground and the distinctive construction of the platform canopies.

The legend on the gate warns, 'no road cross by the bridge.'

This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.


1842 Born at Cheddleton, Staffordshire

1861 Living as a lodger, aged 19, at Filly Brook Road, Stone and employed as a Railway Porter

1871 Living at 97 Oxford Street, Litchurch, Derbyshire and employed as a Railway Guard. Also present were his wife Emma, aged 28, born in Isycoed, Holt, Denbighshire and Donald his son, aged 8 months and born in Litchurch

1880 Shown in Kelly’s Staffordshire Directory as Station Master at Uttoxeter Bridge Street

1881 Living at Balance Hill, Uttoxeter, aged 39, and employed as Railway Station Master. Also present were his wife, Emma, aged 37, Donald, aged 10; Emma, daughter, aged 8, born at Litchurch; Thomas James aged 6, born at Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent; and Ernest M aged 4 also born at Shelton.

1891 Living at Bridge Street, Uttoxeter, aged 49, and employed as Railway Station Master. Also present were his wife Emma (48); daughter Emma (18) employed as a Milliner; Thomas James (16) employed as a Railway Clerk; and Ernest M (14), pupil-teacher

1901 Living at Station House, Uttoxeter, aged 59, and employed as Railway Station Master. Also present were Thomas James (26) still employed as a Railway Clerk; and Ernest M (24) employed as a Chemicals Assistant.

1911 Living at 18 Bridge Street, Uttoxeter, aged 69, as a Retired Station Master with his wife, Emma, aged 68.

1921 Death aged 80 registered at Uttoxeter.

Research information courtesy of Jim Foley and Mike Fell


The timeline shows resources around this location over a number of years.

Rail accident at Uttoxeter
Rail accident at Uttoxeter

A group of men survey the damage resulting from a rail accident at Uttoxeter station ...

Uttoxeter Station
Uttoxeter Station

A local train pulls into Uttoxeter station on a bright spring day in 1915. This ...

Uttoxeter station
Uttoxeter station

Pictured here in around 1960, Uttoxeter remained an important junction on the route ...

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