Richard Atkin Knights (1870–1952) – Stationmaster at Oxenholme
- born on 11 October 1870 at Ely, Cambridgeshire
- third of five children born to John Knights (1836-1911) and Rachel Knights nee Atkin (1842-1907)
- in 1881 living at Holy Trinity, Cambridgeshire, England
- in 1891, Richard aged 21 was a railway porter boarding at Pemberton, Lancashire
- married Mary Hall (1872–1937) in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1892
- Richard and Mary had four children John, Edward, Lillian and James, all born between 1893 and 1900 – see sections for each child later – the first three children were baptised together on 15 March 1896 and the last was baptised there on 9 December 1900
- in 1896 the family were living at 57 Cambridge Street, Wigan (now demolished) and Richard was a foreman porter
- by December 1900 the family were living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan (still standing) and Richard was then a railway platform inspector
- stationmaster at Oxenholme living in the stationmaster’s house at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911 – mother in law Hannah Hall was staying with them
- in ‘Recollections of Oxenholme‘, W. L. Harris wrote “The Stationmaster was Mr. Knight, a tall man who seemed to spend most of his time in his office, only appearing on the platform occasionally when one of the more important main-line trains was due.”
- stationmaster at Carnforth in 1920 aged 50
- promoted to stationmaster at Tebay in 1922 after 17 years’ service at Oxenholme
- by 1937, Richard had retired and was living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme
- wife Mary died on 4 April 1937 aged 65 – they had been married 45 years
- in September 1939, Richard was living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with son James, daughter Lillian and her husband Lawrence Shepherd
- Richard died on 10 December 1952 in Westmorland at the age of 82
Richard’s signature on the census schedule he completed in 1911
John Richard Knights (1893–1976)
- born 8 July 1893 in Wigan, Lancashire
- baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brother Edward and sister Lillian when living at 57 Cambridge Street
- living at 20 Kendal Street by December 1900
- locomotive engine cleaner aged 17 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
- married Marian Winder (1891-1969) in 1917
- John and Marian had one son John Richard Knights (1930-1948)
- railway guard in September 1939 living with wife Marian in her father’s house at 8 Burton Road, Kendal
- son John died in 1948 aged 18
- wife Marian died in 1969 aged 77
- John died in 1976 aged 82
Edward George ‘Ted’ Knights (1894–1942)
- born on 2 July 1894 in Wigan, Lancashire
- baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brother John and sister Lillian when living at 57 Cambridge Street
- living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan by December 1900
- apprentice boot maker aged 16 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
- married Katie Webb (1887-1977) by special licence at St Mark’s, Natland on 15 September 1919
- Ted and Katie had two children:
- son Richard Northam Knights (1920-1981) – born 7 June 1920 – aircraft draughtsman in 1939 – married Vera Kathleen Joan Broomfield (1922-1996) in 1945 – sadly one of their two daughters Jane Edwina Knights (1954-1967) died aged 13 following an accident on the road where they lived – Richard patented a number of improvements to aircraft landing gear – Richard died in 1981 – after Richard’s death his widow Vera married Peter Reginald Clarke (1921-2005) in 1982
- daughter Joan Knights born 23 May 1924 – married Trevor Perry but later divorced – married Frederick Thomas Gribble (1923-1988) in 1986 – Joan died 6 Nov 2007
- living at Addingley, Hill View Road, Hucclecote near Gloucester by 1939
- aircraft inspector in 1939 for the Gloster Aircraft Company at Hucclecote
- Ted died at the Royal Infirmary in Gloucester on 19 July 1942 at the age of 48
- buried at Hucclecote near Gloucester on 22 July 1942
- probate granted 13 August 1942 to his widow Katie
- widow Katie died in 1977
Gloster Aircraft Company of Hucclecote
Marriage of Ted’s son Richard to Vera
Lillian Florence Knights (1895-1967)
- born on 10 September 1895 in Wigan, Lancashire
- baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brothers John and Edward when living at 57 Cambridge Street
- living at 20 Kendal Street by December 1900
- apprentice dressmaker aged 15 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
- married cycle dealer Lawrence H Shepherd in 1936
- in September 1939, Lillian and Lawrence were living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with her father and brother James
James Arthur Knights (1900-1941)
- born on 20 August 1900 in Wigan, Lancashire
- baptised on 9 December 1900 at St Catherine’s, Wigan when living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan
- aged 10 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
- electrical engineer in September 1939 living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with his father (and married sister Lilian and her husband)
- James was involved in a serious road traffic accident at Appleton on 17 April 1941 when his motorcycle was in collision with a lorry
- sadly he died from his injuries a week later on 25 April 1941 in a Warrington hospital
Liverpool Evening Express, 25 April 1941
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O.S. Map from 1896 showing position of Natland Terrace
Natland Terrace was built in 1896 to house railway workers.
Natland Terrace actually comprises two rows of terraces – one row either side of Hill Place built the following year.
Left-hand Terrace: 1 – 6 Natland Terrace
1-6 Natland Terrace
1 Natland Terrace = 133 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Henry Woodhouse & family
- 1911 – Henry Woodhouse & family
- 1915 – Henry Woodhouse & family
2 Natland Terrace = 131 Helmside Road
- 1901 – William Green & family
- 1911 – William Green & family
- 1915 – William Green & family
3 Natland Terrace = 129 Helmside Road
- 1901 – William Duckett & family
- 1911 – James Nelson Ducksbury & family
- 1915 – James Nelson Ducksbury & family
4 Natland Terrace = 127 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Henry Swainbank & family – wife Martha Swainbank operated a shop from 4 Natland Terrace –
- 1911 – Frederick Arthur Oates & family
- 1915 – Frederick Arthur Oates & family
5 Natland Terrace = 125 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Thomas Thewlis & family
- 1911 – Thomas Thewlis & family
- 1915 – Thomas Thewlis & family
6 Natland Terrace = 123 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Henry Preston & family – Stationmaster’s House
- 1911 – Richard Atkin Knights & family – Stationmaster’s House
- 1915 – Richard Atkin Knights & family – Stationmaster’s House
- 1925 – Robert Raffles & family – Stationmaster’s House
- 1940 – 1946 – William Robert Pears – Stationmaster’s House
- 19??-1954? – ? Atkinson – Stationmaster’s House
- 1954?-1957? – “Dan” Archer – Stationmaster’s House
- 1957-19?? – George Stewart – Stationmaster’s House
[between nos. 6 and 7 Natland Terrace is Hill Place]
Right-hand Terrace: 7 – 12 Natland Terrace
7-12 Natland Terrace
7 Natland Terrace = 121 Helmside Road
- 1901 – James Tideswell & family – Shedmaster’s House
- 1911 – James Tideswell & family – Shedmaster’s House
- 1915 – James Tideswell & family – Shedmaster’s House
- 1937 – Thomas Horace Cottam & family
8 Natland Terrace = 119 Helmside Road
- 1901 – William Hind & family
- 1911 – William Hind & family
- 1915 – William Hind & family
9 Natland Terrace = 117 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Robert Bouskill & family
- 1911 – Robert Bouskill & family
- 1915 – Robert Bouskill & family
10 Natland Terrace = 115 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Robert Dobson & family
- 1911 – John Longhorn & family
- 1915 – John Longhorn & family
11 Natland Terrace = 113 Helmside Road
- 1901 – James Tollerson & family
- 1911 – Robert Park & family
- 1915 –
12 Natland Terrace = 111 Helmside Road
- 1901 – Joseph Robinson & family
- 1911 – Alfred Conway & family
- 1915 – ?
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The following transcriptions have been extracted from the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations):
- ARMER George William of 17 Helm-side Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 2 March 1943 on war service. Administration Carlisle 29 June (1944) to Robert John Armer retired engine driver. Effects £539 2s 4d.
- ARMER Robert John of 17 Helmside Oxenholme Kendal Westmorland died 1 August 1948. Administration Carlisle 1 September (1948) to Jane Armer widow. Effects £890 14s 3d.
- BAINES Richard of Helmside Natland Kendal Westmorland retired railway signalman died 17 January 1922 Administration Carlisle 29 March (1922) to John Baines hotel porter. Effects £208 0s 11d.
- BAKER Francis Edwin of Mountain View Gatebeck near Kendal Westmorland died 20 February 1949. Administration Carlisle 9 April (1949) to Mary Jane Baker widow. Effects £447 19s 4d.
- BLAND Ernest William of 4 Hill-place Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 25 March 1944. Administration Carlisle 2 May (1944) to Margaret Ann Bland widow. Effects £486 9s 11d.
- DIXON George Whitehead of Station Inn Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 4 May 1958. Administration Carlisle 3 June (1958) to Ellen Wilson Dixon widow. Effects £851 15s 10d.
- FORSHAW Ellen of Station Cottages Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 7 March 1914. Administration Carlisle 23 March (1914) to Edward Fleming labourer. Effects £83 15s 3d.
- GRAHAM Richard of 6 Ford-terrace Kendal Westmorland died 29 January 1927 Probate Carlisle 25 February (1927) to Francis Braithwaite Graham shunter and George Weaver ticket collector. Effects £1,668 9s 3d.
- HAYTHORNTHWAITE Richard of 2 Helmside Oxenholme Westmorland railway signal chargeman died 31 December 1919. Administration Carlisle 17 March (1920) to Elizabeth Alice Haythornthwaite widow. Effects £98 3s 9d.
- KNIGHTS Richard Atkin of Hillcrest Oxenholme Westmorland died 10 December 1952 Probate Carlisle 24 February (1953) to Lawrence Herbert Shepherd cycle agent. Effects £3,046 16s 9d.
- MOFFAT Ada Mary of Mountside Beech Hill Terrace Kendal Westmorland died 13 June 1966. Probate Carlisle 7 September (1966) to Philip Gardner Thomson solicitor. £10,108
- MOFFAT Thomas of Glen-villa Oxenholme Westmorland died 8 March 1923. Probate Carlisle 24 April (1923) to Ada Mary Moffat widow and Arthur Ingram Moffat agricultural merchant and agent. Effects £4,726 5s 7d.
- NIXON Elizabeth Todd of 24 Helmside Oxenholme Westmorland widow died 1 July 1946 at 10 Gandy-street Kendal Westmorland. Probate Carlisle 23 July (1946) to Percy Nixon railway engine driver. Effects £597 14s 8d.
- PAINE Harry of 8 Union-street Kendal Westmorland brakesman died 5 December 1913 at Wigan. Administration Carlisle 2 January (1914) to Jane Paine widow. Effects £168 5s.
- PEARS John. 16 January (1890). Administration of the Personal Estate of John Pears late of Helmside near Kendal in the County of Westmoreland Railway Porter who died 1 January 1890 at Oxenholme near Kendal in the said County was granted at Carlisle to Sarah Pears of Helmside Widow the Relict. Personal Estate £246 14s 11d.
- RISHTON Frank of Helmdene Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 23 March 1934. Probate Carlisle 9 August (1934) to Margaret Rishton widow Henry John Rishton retired farmer and Richard Askew retired police sergeant. Effects £11,055 8s 8d.
- SWAINBANK Martha of Helmgarth Oxenholme Westmorland (wife of Henry Ellis Swainbank) died 13 May 1932. Administration Carlisle 22 June (1932) to the said Henry Ellis Swainbank engine driver. Effects £764 3s 9d.
- SWARBRICK Allan of 12 Helmside Oxenholme near Kendal Westmorland died 12 March 1944 at Westmorland County Hospital. Administration Carlisle 2 May (1944) to Jane Swarbrick widow. Effects £372 6s 3d.
- TEASDALE George. 23 August 1866. The Will of George Teasdale formerly of the “Beehive” Inn Stainton in the Parish of Heversham but late of “Oxenholme Station” Inn Natland both in the County of Westmoreland Innkeeper deceased who died 30 June 1866 at the “Oxenholme Station” Inn aforesaid was proved at Carlisle by the oaths of Isabella Teasdale of “Oxenholme Station” Inn aforesaid Widow the Relict William Hindson of Old Hutton in the County aforesaid Relieving Officer and Thomas Dixon of Underhelm in Stainton aforesaid Farmer the Executors. Effects under £800.
- TEASDALE Isabella. 3 February 1876. Administration of the effects of Isabella Teasdale late of “Oxenholme Station” Inn in the Township of Natland in the County of Westmoreland Widow who died 1 January 1876 at “Oxenholme Station” Inn was granted at Carlisle to George Teasdale of “Oxenholme Station” Inn Innkeeper the Son and one of the Next of Kin. Effects under £200.
- WILSON Charles Henry of Oxenholme House Oxenholme Westmorland died 7 March 1927. Probate Carlisle 27 April (1927) to John Gasgoigne Swinglehurst esquire and Edward Moser solicitor. Effects £49,017 19s 8d. Resworn £49,142 19s 8d.
- WILSON William Esq. 9 September 1880. The Will with a Codicil of William Wilson late of Rigmaden in the County of Westmoreland Esquire who died 26 July 1880 at Rigmaden was proved at Carlisle by Arthur Shepherd of Shaw End in the said County esquire and Christopher Wyndham Wilson of Rigmaden William James Wilson of High Park in the said County and Charles Henry Wilson of Rigmaden Esquires the Sons the Executors. Personal Estate under £200,000.
- WINDER Albert Edward otherwise Albert Edward Chapman of 4 Helmside Oxenholme Kendal Westmorland died 30 January 1957 at Kendal Green Hospital Kendal. Probate Carlisle 19 February (1957) to John Willie Winder railway guard. Effects £423 15s 8d.
- WINDER John Willie of Helme Hurst 100 Oxenholme Road Kendal Westmorland died 29 November 1958. Administration (with Will) Carlisle 19 February (1959) to Helena Winder widow. Effects £2,208 9s 8d.
- WINDER Sarah Elizabeth of 19 Helmside Rd Oxenholme Kendal died 4 June 1977. Probate Newcastle-upon-Tyne 22 July (1977). £8,874 772301254W
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The inquest on James Arthur Knight, electrician, of Hillcrest, Oxenholme, Kendal, who was killed when the motor-cycle he was riding and a motor vehicle were in collision at Appleton, was adjourned till May 14 at Warrington today.
Liverpool Evening Express, 28 April 1941
Please note the correct surname is Knights – see the Knights family page
An accident to a goods train near Oxenholme station on Thursday evening dislocated the main line traffic on the London and North Western Co`s system for many hours. A goods train left Carlisle at 1.25 on Thursday afternoon bound for Bushbury near Crewe. When it arrived at Oxenholme about four o`clock it had to be shunted to make way for passenger traffic. When the 4.20 p.m. from Kendal for the south had departed from Oxenholme the goods train was signalled to come from the loop to the main up line , the goods engine was pulling about 42 wagons. The loop line does not finally join the main line until near Oxenholme No 1 signal box at Helmside. Signalman George Mattocks saw a portion of the train pass his box , when thirty-three of the wagons had passed he noticed one of them leaving the rails to be immediately followed by four others , he at once put the advance signal against the train and the driver pulled up. Two of the wagons turned over when under the bridge but fortunately they fell to the outside and traffic on the down line was not seriously impeded. The front portion of the train was sent to Milnthorpe and a gang of men at Oxenholme shed did what they could with jacks to get the trucks back on the rails. The weight of the trucks was too much so the breakdown gang with a steam crane was summoned from Tebay this arrived about seven o`clock , but was not sufficiently heavy for the task , consequently the Preston gang was telephoned for and arrived shortly before 9 o`clock with a fifty ton steam crane. Four of the trucks which were ordinary ten-tonners were easily accounted for, but a six wheel Caledonian truck which was loaded with heavy sheet steel for ship building created greater difficulty, the load having to be removed before the truck could be lifted , by 11.30 the four lighter trucks had been placed in the sidings. About mid-night when all the mail trains had passed through the men were able to work without interruption and the local platelayers were soon at work replacing the 100 yards of permanent way which had been torn up. The damage to the line was considerable but it was hoped the dislocation of traffic would cease today. Nobody was injured , trains were delayed considerably, some being more than an hour late. The cause of the accident is not known but is believed to be due to journal on a wagon breaking as it left the loop line points. Mr Raffles the Oxenholme stationmaster and the local staff worked with the help of Mr Knights the Carnforth stationmaster ( late of Oxenholme ). The officials in charge of the Preston Gang included Mr Dingley (Crewe) Inspector Hall (Lancaster) and Mr Chatwood (Preston).
Westmorland Gazette 16 October 1920