Lintz Green railway station

Lintz Green Railway Station was on the Derwent Valley Railway Branch of the North Eastern Railway near Consett, County Durham, England. The railway station opened with the rest of the line on 2 December 1867 and closed to passengers on the 2 November 1953.[1] The line closed completely in 1963 and was dismantled[2] with the station site becoming part of the Derwent Walk Country Park.[3]

Lintz Green
Remains of the station in 2011
General information
LocationCounty Durham
Coordinates54°54′18″N 1°45′58″W / 54.905°N 1.766°W / 54.905; -1.766
Other information
Original companyNorth Eastern Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
2 December 1867Station opens
2 November 1953Station closes

The station was infamous at the time for the unsolved 1911 murder of its stationmaster.[4]

Unsolved murder edit

On the night of Saturday 7 October 1911 the sixty-year-old stationmaster, George Wilson,[5] was shot when returning home after closing his office at the station. Although he did not die instantly, when questioned, Wilson was unable to say who had shot him.[6]

The motive for the killing was probably robbery as Wilson was in the habit of carrying the day's takings from the booking office to his house, a trip of 50 yards, when he left for the night. On the day in question, however, he had transported the money earlier in the day. Although the murder hunt, still one of the largest in the northeast, involved two hundred officers, no one was convicted of the crime.[7]

The prime suspect was the relief porter Samuel Atkinson who was arraigned at the local magistrates' court for the murder and sent for trial at the assize court in Durham. At the opening of the trial, the local chief constable, William E. Morant, appeared and offered no evidence against Atkinson, who was released.[6]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Disused Stations: Lintz Green Station". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Consett Branch Railway (1376151)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Derwent Walk Country Park and Derwenthaugh Park". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ Jones, Robin (2010). Lost railways of Durham & Teesside (1 ed.). Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-84674-205-7.
  5. ^ Brown, Paul. "The Lintz Green Station Murder". Medium. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b Middleton, Terry. "The Lintz Green Murder". iknow. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ Brandon, David; Brooke, Alan (2010). "4: Murder on the line, 1900 - 2000". Blood on the tracks a history of railway crime in Britain. Stroud: History Press. pp. 103–105. ISBN 978-0-7524-6229-5.

External links edit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Rowlands Gill
Line and station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Derwent Valley Railway
  High Westwood
Line and station closed
Derwent Valley Railway
(County Durham)
Rowlands Gill
Lintz Green
High Westwood
Shotley Bridge