historical notes on Spetisbury

Being a minor country station, it’s great when we learn new information on the history of Spetisbury, so we are grateful to our friend Jonathan Edwards for sending us these extracts from the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway Officers’ Minutes held in The National Archives. Note the spelling as either ‘Spettisbury’ or ‘Spetisbury’ – in early days it was often written with two Ts.

  • 8th November 1876 : The signals at Spettisbury to be worked from the platform. To be a block post. Estimated cost £60.
  • 8th December 1876 : That the minutes of November 8th have been approved by the Joint Committee, subject to an alteration in Minute No. 388 which should read – ‘The signals at Spettisbury to be worked from the platform. Not to be a block post, &c’.
  • 7th June 1878 : Mr Dykes reported a fatal accident on the 27th May to J. Cox in attempting to cross the Line near Spetisbury. The Coroner’s Jury returned a verdict of accidental death, attaching no blame to the Committee or their servants.
  • 11th July 1882 : The minutes made during the Directors’ tour of inspections the 17th and 18th of May 1882, having been referred to the Officers’ Committee, were taken seriatim, and the following resolutions passed: – (a) That the suggestion that station-master’s house be provided at Spettisbury be postponed for the present.
  • 26th June 1883 : The minutes made during the Directors’ tour of inspection the 10th and 11th May, having been referred to the Officers’ Committee, were taken seriatim, and the following resolutions were passed: – (a) Spetisbury. – That the suggested provision of a flight of steps from the approach to the station be postponed for the present.
  • The last two issues were raised again, following Directors’ subsequent annual tours of inspection of the line. In 1884, the Officers’ Minutes, 24th June 1884, the flight of steps was postponed again. Following the annual tour in 1885, provision of a station-master’s house was also again postponed – Officers’ Minutes on 23rd June 1885.
  • 23rd June 1894 : under the heading ‘Prosecutions’ it was reported – that A. Martin was fined 15s (15 shillings, 75p) for using obscene and abusive language at Spetisbury on 7th December. 
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