History Articles - Railway Inn

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required



The Railway Inn beside Acklington Station is a small rural pub which has quite a history.  It started life as a two up, two down farm house in the mid 1800’s and then the enterprising farmer decided to add some more rooms and take in guests.  It actually became a “hotel” in the 1890’s with landlords staying for many years before moving on.  The Marsh family had the hotel before it was taken over by Mr and Mrs Webb and family.  From 1923 to 1954 the Webb brothers ran the pub and Tom Webb trained racehorses along the fields adjoining the main railway line.  Some nice winners were stabled at the Station Hotel, none grander than “Pickle,” who won the Cumberland Plate.  Photographs of some of his winners can be seen on the lounge walls of the pub today.  The hotel in the early days was patronized by sporting folk, foxhunters, otter hunters, gamekeepers, farmers and shepherd’s, etc.  Special social evenings including “Badger Suppers” were very popular at the time— but remember this was over 70 years ago, before the protection of many of our wild animals.


Before, during and after the second world war, when Acklington RAF site and airfield was just a couple of miles down the road, many airman and officers visited the pub regularly.  Included amongst those frequent visitors was Flt Lt Peter Townsend who was reputed to be Princess Margaret’s first love (we even now have a “Townsend Court” in the village).  So as well as pictures of fine racehorses, there are also photographs of the old RAF camp displayed on the walls of the pub today, a nice reminder of Acklington’s proud history.


From 1954 to 1985 the pub was run by Kitty Absalom, a name still well known in the area.  The present occupants, Peter and Linda Osborne, took over in 1988 and since then they have had the old stables and outbuildings converted into three self-catering cottages which are well used by holidaymakers to Northumberland.  In the winter months the pub, with its cosy bar, is open at weekends only.  In the summer months meals are served in the restaurant five nights a week and at Sunday lunchtimes.  If you are not familiar with the pub’s menu or opening times then it’s probably a good idea to ring (01670 760320) before you set out to visit.  If you like a quiet drink with friends then it could be a venue for you - no music, no fruit machines, just a good old-fashioned stone-built pub set in lovely countryside…... oh, and with a bit of history thrown in for good measure!


John Davison     01670 760609