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Kirkbymoorside - Becoming a Goldbraid: Tales of Rural Railway Life

Becoming a Goldbraid: Tales of Rural Railway Life

ncluding 'Something Special' and 'Children in Distress'

The book contains a biography of my grandfather, James Herbert Dobson, who was a railway clerk at Kirkbymoorside from 1916 to 1932 and Station Master there from 1942 until 1956, and a compilation of his writings. These include a series of humorous articles about the fictitious Station Master, John Goldbraid, which was published in railway company magazines, and verses about Kirkbymoorside and about railway life. Dobson was also very active in town life, becoming a churchwarden and chairman of the parish meeting as well as being on most other committees in the town. The book contains a good selection of photos of Dobson and his family, Kirkbymoorside in the early 20th century, and various documents relating to the railway or to the town.
The Goldbraid articles contain thinly disguised descriptions of local characters and the verses mention many townspeople (and some railway people) by name. Hence it should be of interest to people researching family history in and around Kirkbymoorside.

Author: Dr. Sue Oldfield
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