1909: Oxenholme – Railway Mission

On Monday a successful gathering was held to celebrate the third anniversary of the opening of the Mission Hall. Numerous guests, after partaking of a substantial tea, were addressed by Mrs. Isaac Braithwaite. The chair was occupied by Mr. John Parker, who referred briefly to the work and progress of the Mission under its earnest leader, Mrs. Page. The latter in a few well-chosen and touching words, thanked the members and workers for their help and sympathy. The tables were presided over by Mrs. W. Phizackerley, Mrs. Ellison, Mrs. Chris. Dobson, Mrs. J. Parker, assisted by many willing helpers. The programme included music and recitations by Miss Wilkinson, Mr. W. Phizackerley, Master C. Ewen, Miss Black, Misses Robinson, Miss Fanny Jackson, and Mr. Parker. Miss Wilkinson presided at the organ.

Westmorland Gazette, 18 September 1909

Burton Road

Burton Road is the main A65 road from Kendal to Burton-in-Kendal. Only a small part of the road falls within the boundaries of Oxenholme Village.

burton road_streetview_may 2009

Burton Road, approaching Oxenholme from the south. Image courtesy of Google Streetview May 2009

Oxenholme Garage / Filling Station

The following information was contributed by local schoolchildren from St. Marks, Natland to the BBC Domesday Project in 1986:

“The filling station was built in 1910 and is currently owned by Mrs. Pat Dixon who bought it fifteen months ago. Part of the building is used as living accommodation. There are two staff selling Petrofina petrol which is delivered from Preston. The opening times are from 08.00 to 19.00 through the week, 09.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays and 09.00 to 17.00 on Sundays. The station is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The quietest day is Tuesday, the busiest is Thursday. Holiday traffic also provides a lot of custom. After fuel, cigarettes and oil are most in demand. There are a number of regular customers, mainly from Oxenholme. The current owners have not altered the station, neither have any fires or accidents occurred during their time.

filling station_google street view 2011

Oxenholme Filling Station, Burton Road 2011 Image courtesy of Google Street View 2011

Mission Hall

The Railway Children’s Choir helped raise the £850 necessary to build the Mission Hall in 1906 on the Burton Road immediately opposite Helmside Cottages. Services were held there on Sunday afternoons and evenings.

The Natland and Oxenholme Women’s Institute was inaugurated there in 1921.

The Mission Hall closed in 1951 and is now home to T.J.S. Northern Ltd civil engineers and construction equipment hire.

mission hall_streetview

Reading Room

The former Reading Room on the Burton Road, now a private residence, was provided by the Railway Company for use by its workers and a copy of the Lancashire Evening Post could be read there. The buildings seen behind are Helmside Cottages.

The Reading Room started off life as the Railway Men’s Institute but it is not known when the building was erected or when its use switched to a reading room. It finally closed in the 1980s. At one point monies were raised in Natland and Oxenholme to convert the Reading Room to a Village Hall for both villages but the stables at St Mark’s Vicarage in Natland were chosen instead for the new Village Hall.

reading room_streetview

The former Reading Room, Burton Road 2011 Image courtesy of Google Street View 2011

Other Properties

Other properties on Burton Road include:

  • Broadlea
  • Glen Daragh
  • Helm Grove
  • Hill Crest
  • Hillslea
  • Moorfields
  • Ormiston
  • Overdale
  • Rose Lea
  • Sizergh View
  • Springfield
  • Thurston
  • Underhill

Please note: The three terraced properties of Bleaswood Close front on to Burton Road.