L.N.E.R Presentation Photograph
Leaving the Station Masters House
Mr & Mrs Jordan in retirement
FREDERICK ARTHUR JORDAN 1884-1970
F. A. Jordan known as Arthur was born 7th September 1884 in Harkstead Suffolk. His father George, a gardener, was to become Head Gardener at Audley End. Arthur was educated at Newport Grammar School Essex.
The 1901 census of Widdington shows that Arthur had begun his career with the Railway as he is listed as Railway clerk. 10 years later the Wolferton connection was established as the 1911 census reveals that Mr Jordan was boarding in the village with the Stud groom Daniel Upstone. He is listed as Railway clerk.
In 1915 Arthur married Annie Smith in Wales. Her family were connected to Docking Norfolk and their only child Dennis Jordan was born in 1916 in Wolferton..
Mr Jordan’s career took him to Wilburton as Station master until 1921, then Coldham for 5 years. In about 1926 he was in Oakington and 1932 took him to Smeethe Road.
Possibly 1933 found Mr Jordan back in Wolferton but this time as Station Master, a position he was proud to hold until his retirement in 1949. His wife, like the other Station Master’s wives looked after the Royal Waiting Rooms. Arthur had inherited his father’s love of gardening and kept a wonderful back garden at the Station House with an asparagus bed, peach trees and a Walnut tree.
The Jordans retired to North Wootton where Arthur continued his gardening skills. The Railway man in him had not disappeared completely as time keeping remained part of his life. He died in 1970 a year after Annie to be buried in the churchyard there
Arthur was my paternal grandfather..
Photographs and detail kindly supplied by Mrs Ann Johnstone