Published on: Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Last updated: Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Above: Members of Stanstead Abbots Local History Society with the new history board at St Margaret's station. Credit: New River Line CRP
Do you know how the village of Stanstead Abbots got its name?
Now people visiting the area by rail can find out, thanks to the installation of a new history board at St Margaret’s rail station.
The board, created by the Stanstead Abbotts Local History Society (SALHS), has been funded and produced by the New River Line Community Rail Partnership.
The board offers an insight into some local historic features, as well as a map of the local area and villages near to the rail station.
It has been on display in the village of Stanstead Abbots for a number of years and was spotted by St Margaret’s rail station volunteer adopter, Robin Jewett, who thought that it would also make a good addition to the station.
As a result, a new, additional board was produced by the New River Line Community Rail Partnership to put on display at the station,
Katie Goldthorpe, New River Line Community Rail Officer, said, “We were delighted to help turn Robin’s suggestion into reality as it will provide some interesting information about the area to encourage people to explore, and provide them with food for thought while they wait for trains.
“The area has such a rich and fascinating history and this is a great way to put people in touch with it the minute they arrive by train, providing inspiration about what to see and do.”
Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said, “The board provides a great link between the rail station and the villages and is full of interesting information, which makes the station a great start to exploring the town.”
The New River Line Community Rail Partnership works with Greater Anglia, Hertfordshire County Council and other local organisations to help keep local branch lines thriving for the benefit of their communities.
Above: Close up of the history board. Credit: New River Line CRP