I see Hampton Railway Station has a new foot bridge. I can remember using the old wooden bridge then the concrete bridge and now the iron bridge. I worked at W.H Smiths (Now the little book shop) from 1948 to 51. The shop opened onto the platform, we sold all the news papers and magazines of the day. My Manager was a Great War hero, Sergeant George Pike MM of the Royal Fusiliers. George always took his lunch in the Hampton Social Club. Hampton Station had a full staff a Station Master and Porters the Booking office was open from 6am untill 10pm. The level crossing had a signal box on its north east corner the crossing was opened and closed manually by the Signalman. The south west corner was the goods and parcel yard. The north west corner was all coal yards. Earlier when I attended Percy Road School, Steam Trains full of German prisoners of war would go through the Station on their way to Kempton Park Prisoner of war Camp. They were the good old days!!!

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Wow, Bryan. What a fantastic post - its a pleasure to be in put in touch with Hampton's past in this way! I am sure you have got plenty more to share with us - we will have to find ways to encourage you to share your knowledge of our history!!

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