• King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

    King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth arriving at Wolferton in 1938

     

    Photograph taken on the downside platform of King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth arriving at Wolferton Station accompanied  by Queen Mary and the royal entourage on their way to Sandringham House.

     

    Click on image to enlarge

     

    Queen Elizabeth the queen mother with Princess Margaret and

    Sir Anthony Armstrong - Jones.

     

    Click on image to enlarge

     

    Princess Anne waves as the London bound Royal train passes over the crossing at Wolferton.

     

     

     

    Follow us on Twitter

     

     

    Welcome to

     

    The Royal Station

     

    By

    M. R. Windle


    The King’s Lynn to Hunstanton line was opened on 3rd October 1862 and was single track running for 15 miles from King’s Lynn to a new station at Hunstanton.  In February of the same year the Sandringham Estate was purchased by Queen Victoria for use as a private residence for the then young Prince of Wales the future King Edward VII.


    Wolferton Station would see many Royal Specials, as in 1863, a Royal Train from London to Wolferton conveyed the then Prince Edward and his bride, the future Queen Alexandra to Sandringham after their marriage in the chapel of Windsor Castle.


    By the late 1890’s increased traffic and the possible dangers inherent to running Royal Trains along a busy single line resulted in the doubling of the track between King’s Lynn and Wolferton, with the installation of extra sidings to house the Royal Coaches.  Also, a new downside building was built to accommodate the royal visitors and their distinguished guests, constructed in a timber frame Tudoresque style designed to compliment many of the existing buildings on the twenty thousand acre Sandringham Estate.


    For over one hundred years, Wolferton was probably the most famous rural station in the land, Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses and all the high society of the day disembarked here.  Nothing could equal the pomp and ceremony which the Station saw on the occasion of a State Visit by a foreign monarch when the drive would be ablaze with scarlet uniforms and aloud with music of military bands.  Through the Station’s oak-panelled hall walked the great and powerful, from Queen Victoria and all the Royal Families, up to our present Queen and Prince of Wales, as well as the crowned heads of Europe, statesmen and countless notabilities, including the Russian Royal Family.


    The days of the Station’s greatest glory, however, were undoubtedly in the time of King Edward VII, that most theatrical of periods.  It was noted for example that between 1884 and 1911, no fewer than 645 Royal Trains steamed into or out of Wolferton Station with the last one running in 1966.

     

     


    Queen Elizabeth leaving Wolferton Station
       
    Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Philip along with Princess Anne and Prince Charles departing Wolferton station on their way to Sandringham.