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REALLY SideTracked - Castle Hedingham Letterbox Hybrid

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This cache belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breath taking view. Its a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website

An Act of Parliament of 30th June 1856 authorised the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway to build a line from the Eastern Counties Railway at Chappel & Wakes Colne to Halstead. The company found it difficult to raise the required capital and it was a further two years before construction started.

Before the line could be completed, there was a dispute with the Eastern Counties Railway about the siting of the junction at Chappel. At one point the CV & HR threatened to build their own station close to the Eastern Counties station. The dispute was resolved and the six mile line opened on 16th April 1860

Sible & Castle Hedingham Station in the early 1900's Copyright photo from John Alsop collection.

By the time the line opened the company had obtained powers for a 13 mile extension to Haverhill and work started on 19th June 1860. The extension was opened in stages, to Sible and Castle Hedingham on 1st July 1861, to Yeldham on 26th May 1862 and finally to Haverhill on 10th May 1863. An additional station at Birdbrook was added in 1863.

With the formation of the Great Eastern Railway in 1862 the CV&HR retained its independence. In 1865 the GER opened a line from Sudbury to Cambridge via Haverhill where a connecting spur to the CV & HR was built.

From its opening, the CV&HR was in financial difficulties which were made worse when local press mounted a campaign against the railway company. A receiver was appointed in 1874 and under his control new capital was raised which allowed the company to purchase three locomotives in 1876. Up until that date all rolling stock had been privately owned. By the turn of the century the CV & HR was enjoying its first and last period of prosperity.

Although close relations were maintained with the GER the CV & HR remained completely independent, until it became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in at the 1923

Sible & Castle Hedingham Station looking east in 1947.

Most CV & HR trains had been using the Great Eastern station as connections were usually required with Stour Valley trains. The old terminus had been relegated to a goods station with occasional passenger trains before amalgamation with the LNER made it redundant. The station became the first casualty was the terminus at Haverhill lost its passenger service on 14th July 1924 It remained in use as a goods station until 19th April 1965 and as a goods station it was renamed Haverhill South on 1st February 1925.

As with many rural lines, the popularity of the motor car hastened the decline of the CV & HR after WW2 and the passenger service was eventually withdrawn on 30 December 1961. Freight traffic lasted until 19th April 1965 and the track was lifted the following year.

Information for this page was sourced from Disused Railway Stations

A cache placed to coincide with the Essex Meet held in Toppesfield.

To find me here you will need to be a bit observant.

Look at the gates infront of you, you will see a number of T's, L's and X's. You need to make a not of these.

You can assume N51.59 and E 000.34.

You will then need for the Northings.

(T * X * 20) + L+X

You will then need for the Eastings.

(((T * 5 + X / 2)*20)-(L+X))/(X-L)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybj Qbja

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)