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GWR 7800 Class 7808 Cookham Manor

7808 Cookham Manor is a Great Western Railway 7800 'Manor' Class steam locomotive. It was built in 1938 at Swindon Works, withdrawn from service in December 1965 and purchased directly from British Railways for preservation by John Mynors, a member of the Great Western Society, in 1965-66.[1] Cookham Manor was the only locomotive in the 'Manor' Class to have been bought directly from BR. Initially it was stored at Ashchurch, until moving to Didcot in August 1970.[2]

7808 Cookham Manor
Cookham Manor 7808 Didcot.jpg
Cookham Manor
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Build date March 1938
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Class 7800 'Manor' Class
Numbers 7808
Retired December 1965
Current owner Great Western Society

It was said to be considered highly by the crews that operated her, and unusually for her class, the locomotive was fitted with a larger 4,000-imperial-gallon (18,000 L; 4,800 US gal) water tender.

The locomotive saw considerable main line use whilst in preservation, but it is currently in static preservation status awaiting a major overhaul at Didcot Railway Centre.

The locomotive cost £3,986 excluding the tender when it was built in 1938, and had travelled 913,744 miles (1,470,528 km) on 28 December 1963.[2]


The allocations of Cookham Manor during its service for the GWR and British Railways.[2]

Date Location
March 1938 Old Oak Common
April 1939 Gloucester
April 1946 Oswestry
Dec 1953 Bristol (St Philips Marsh)
Dec 1954 Gloucester
June 1959 Newton Abbot
September 1960 Exeter
October 1960 Worcester
December 1960 Tyseley
September 1962 Reading
August 1964 Swindon
November 1964 Gloucester
December 1965 Withdrawn


  1. ^ Nabarro, Gerald (1979). Steam Nostalgia: Locomotive and Railway Preservation in Great Britain. Routledge. p. 31. 
  2. ^ a b c Walters, Laurence (1989). Didcot: Junction & Railway Centre. Railway World Special. Ian Allan Ltd. p. 52. 

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