The former railway station for sale at £695,000
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It is a house converted from a former railway station - unusual enough but being close to Sandringham the Clock House, Wolferton, for sale for £695,000, formed the backdrop to some of the most momentous occasions in British history.
If there is one thing which never stands still it's time. And the clock which presides at the top of this property tucked away in a little west Norfolk village ticked on through some of the most mementous occasions in history.
For this house was converted from part of Wolferton railway station; its clocktower, loading bay and waiting rooms as well as the actual platform itself.
This is, in itself highly unusual but made more so because this rural station was once at the centre of a country in mourning, forming the backdrop of at least three Royal funeral processions; Queen Alexandra in 1925, George V in 1936 and George VI in 1952.
The Royal party, watched by crowds of onlookers, made their way to this station from the church at Sandringham to take the Royal train to London.
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It would have been a sombre scene on that winter's day when the clock which still ticks today would have been getting close to noon as the funeral party arrived - only 16 years previously it had been a similar sombre scene at the funeral procession of King George V.
But this station - the closest to Sandringham hence used by the Royals - also was the backdrop for many happier times too - that clock would have ticked on through days of joy as well as sadness.
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Old photographs show, for example, the then King George VI and his Queen, the late Queen Mother, dressed for the elements in a fur lined coat and cloche style hat, standing on the platform that now forms a delightful outside space at the converted house.
Other moments have been frozen in time such as a welcome banner being put up presumably for a Royal arrival and there are tickets which the owners of this property found still bearing a rather special 'consignee' - simply written in pencil 'HM The King' and the address - 'Sandringham.'
What is so special about this property is that the station's features have been retained and yet cleverly incorporated for residential use.
The outside space still resembles a platform with its canopy and partly bricked walls with the former track, now grassed, the signs for Wolferton station still hang.
Inside, the former ladies' waiting room is now a super guest bedroom suite but a little fireplace still exists and you can imagine the ladies in their warm overcoats and which has a little fireplace in one corner where you can imagine the ladies of time gone by warming themselves while waiting to catch the next train.
Much work was undertaken by the current owners and those before them to create a home from the railway building following its closure as a station in 1969.
The former loading bay is now the master bedroom and the drawing room was a former men's waiting room.
The current owners not only restored the clock but also discovered during the renovation, a gold leaf decorative weather vane in the shape of a horse. This is believed to be Minoru, the horse which won the Epsom Derby for its owner King Edward VII - making him the first reigning British monarch ever to achieve this - and if you look up at the clock tower now, there the horse is, still galloping.
This property offers three bedrooms, one which is currently used as a study, a dining room, drawing room, utility and a large kitchen/breakfast room which extends out over the former platform area.
There are beautiful original leaded windows and incredibly high ceilings. Outside are also gorgeous landscaped gardens at the front which have been placed in the top three for the last three years at the Sandringham Flower Show. And the clock - it ticks on for the start of a new chapter.
• The Clock House, Wolferton is for sale for £695,000 with Sowerbys on 01328 730340