Railway cottage that is on the right track for buyers
A PIECE of railway history is up for sale, 50 years after the last train rattled over its old crossing.
Woodside was originally the home of the keeper who managed the Burnby Lane level crossing on the old York to Beverley line. It is thought to have been built in 1855 but has since been sympathetically and lovingly extended into a beautiful five-bedroomed family home.
The Reay family, who carried out the work, moved there nearly 20-years-ago, when an old railway carriage was parked in the garden.
Now, just the distinctive chimneys and stone plinths can be seen from the road and the rest of the stunning black and white cottage is completely private, nestling against the side of a wood, hence its name – “Woodside”.
Yvonne Reay says: “Prior to the building of the railways, East Yorkshire farmers had to rely on the waterways to get their produce to market. But following a period of railway mania in the 1840’s, nearly 107 miles of new lines were built in the area. Burnby Lane crossing was part of a plan to create 22 miles of line from York to Market Weighton. But, following several years of turmoil, the line was eventually shut down and the cottage sold by the railways in 1968.”
The property lies just half a mile from the market town of Pocklington.
“We always feel as though we live in the country, but we’re near the town,” says Yvonne. “The house has been perfect for our girls as they’ve grown up and we love living in a home with a special history.”
The property is centred around a large kitchen/family room with a central island and a two-oven Aga. There is a separate sitting room with fireplace and double doors leading through to a study/ snug and a music room. There are two double ground floor bedrooms and a shower room.
The entrance hall leads through to a double garage and utility area housing the boiler. The first floor is accessed via a staircase from the sitting room and houses two double bedrooms, a single bedroom plus a house bathroom. Outside, there are gardens with an orchard.
“It’s been a perfect family home. We will be very sad to leave, but we hope someone will enjoy our home as much as we have,” says Yvonne.
Woodside is in a private, rural setting but it is within easy walking distance of Pocklington.
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