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.”

Nassington Quarry Engine Shed

The engine shed at Nassington Ironstone Quarry featuring engines “Ring Haw” and “Jacks Green” which dates the image to 1970 or earlier as both engines moved to the Nene Valley railway in 1970.

“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.

Nassington c.1910

Nassington village pictured around 1910 with the Black Horse pub on the immediate left and with a c.2012 image of the same location below.

The horse drawn carriage carries the name of Yarwell born carrier George Crowson who worked the area with his Nassington born son Joe.

Jacks Green at Nassington Quarry (1970)

Hunslet built tank engine “Jacks Green” working at the Naylor-Benzon ironstone quarry at Nassington in 1970. The engine was later adopted by the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford where it remains on view today (see lower image).

Sister engine from the quarry, “Ring Haw”, can be seen in a more healthy working condition on the North Norfolk Railway at Sheringham.

Many thanks to those of you who were quick to spot that “Ring Haw” was in fact the image I had initially posted from the NVR ….. it is now definitely “Jacks Green” !!!


Nassington Railway Viaduct c.1975

Two images showing the viaduct just north of Nassington in the mid 1970s and one newspaper image of its 1981 demise. 

The last train on the Seaton to Wansford line was the one that lifted the long disused track in 1976 and by the end of the decade, British Rail had declared the viaduct to be in a dangerous state which hastened its demise in February 1981. The central span of the 15-arch viaduct was the first to go, with tons of masonry falling into the river which was closed for several days while the masonry was removed.

Above photos: Clive Richardson