A 1969 aerial shot showing the Paper Mills site at Helpston.
The wonderful old railway station at Helpston pictured in 1971, five years after its closure. The Midland Railway station opened as early as 1846 and was known then as “Helpstone”, later becoming “Helpston for Market Deeping” in 1877 and simply “Helpston” from 1912 through to its closure on 6th June 1966.
Two images from 1911 showing the Blue Bell at Helpston with a relatively unchanged 2013 image below.
The preservation of the early 18th century building owes much to it having carried Grade II Listed status since 1955 which should hopefully keep the Inn’s appearance in safe hands for very many years to come.
A nice shot of a Diesel Multiple Unit approaching a rather overgrown Helpston Station probably in the late 1960s or early 1970s after the station’s closure in 1966.
Note the level crossing gates centre-right which were originally controlled by a separate signal box to the Great Northern level crossing out of sight to the right. When the two sets of gates closed, there was room for just two cars inbetween !
The station solely serviced the Midland Railway lines in the picture and not the Great Northern lines to the right …… an exclusivity agreement reached after the Midland Railway provided vital support in the building on the Great Northern lines in the mid 1800s.