High Kelling progress

In advance of the land purchase at High Kelling near Holt, some members of the project team were on site this week with the contractor to upgrade and widen the existing gateway and put in new posts for the 12 foot and 4 foot gates.

The contractor fitted a hydraulic post rammer to the tractor which made light work of the gate post installation.

On Saturday 27th March 2021, the project team were back to do some tree stump removal along with scrub clearance work and soil levelling.

A view from our section of land looking over the section that we are buying thanks to your help.
Looking back towards to the gateway.

The land purchase process is now underway and we will keep you updated on the progress. The Melton Constable Trust would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everybody that has kindly contributed donations to enable us to be able to proceed with the next exciting stage of this project.

Audio: Barry Woodgett

Barry Woodgett, Vice Chairman of the Mid Norfolk Railway – Photograph taken in 2018.

Barry Woodgett has been involved with railways in the region for many years and has a wealth of knowledge on the local history of them. Barry is Vice Chairman of the Mid Norfolk Railway and talks about some of his memories of the railway between Dereham and Wells-next-the-Sea. This interview took place in 2018 at Dereham Railway Station and was one of a number carried out as part of the National Lottery Project .

Listen here to Barry talking to Paul Young, Project Officer of the Norfolk Orbital Railway:

Wells-next-the-Sea in March 1963 a year before closure – Photograph copyright Geoffrey Skelsey

The coastal Norfolk town Wells-next-the-Sea railway station , opened in 1857 by the Wells and Fakenham Railway. This later became the Great Eastern Railway’s Wymondham to Wells next the sea Branch line which ran through Dereham and Fakenham East until closure in 1964.

The station building along with some of the former outbuildings now the Old Station Pottery and Bookshop

Wells-next-the-Sea Railway station building still stands and is now the Old Station Pottery and Bookshop. Just outside of the town, four miles of the railway line is used by the Wells & Waslingham Light Railway.

Walsingham in June 2017

The Melton Constable Trust would like to thank the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust, Fakenham Town Council, The Ernest Cook Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support on this project.