Oakley Ireson, Nassington

A lovely posed photograph captured somewhere in Nassington by local photographer Oakley Ireson (1879-1952) who also operated from the village as a watch and clock repairer.

Oakley junior inherited his skills from his father Oakley senior (1835-1913) who was known to be producing very early photographic work in Nassington in the late 1860s.

Church Street, Nassington (c.1910)

Looking along Church Street in Nassington around 1910 with the church in the distance, the school centre and what is today “Walnut House” in the foreground. The scene is largely unchanged 100+ years downline.

Nassington Ironstone Quarry (1970)

Undated image showing truckloads of rail enthusiasts being hauled through Nassington Ironstone Quarry.

Allan Sibley adds, “The photograph of the train of railway enthusiasts at Nassington Quarry was taken on 1st December 1970 shortly before the end of ironstone production.  The visit was organised by the Locomotive Club of Great Britain, of which I was then a member and I am in the second wagon behind the locomotive, wreathed in steam.  The locomotive for the tour was ‘Jack’s Green’ which is currently at the Nene Valley Railway.”

“Ring Haw”, Nassington

Hunslet 0-6-0ST “Ring Haw” working at the Nassington Ironstone Quarry in the 1960s. Along with its sister engine “Jacks Green”, this little saddle tank moved into preservation in 1970 and is currently part of the North Norfolk Railway fleet albeit frequently loaned back to the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford.

“Jacks Green” at Nassington Quarry (1970)

A superb set of images showing 1953 built 0-6-0ST Hunslet Saddle Tank “Jacks Green”, an engine now preserved and working at the Nene Valley Railway, at work at his home at the Naylor-Benzon ironstone quarry at Nassington in 1970.