Interview: Bridge Farm in the 1940s with Steve Masterman, local farmer

Bridge Farm in the 1940s
Steve Masterman recounts some of the tales he learnt from his father of life at Bridge Farm, alongside the East Coast Main Line, near the Naburn Bridge over the River Ouse. The farm can be seen in the background of this photograph

The interview begins with fascinating tales of how the bridge was defended during the Second World War .

It continues with description of using the railways to get livestock to the markets in York and Selby, not to mention herding them from Tadcaster along the A64 !

Steve also shared some photographs of heavy lifting equipment removing the rails after the line was closed but before it was sold to Sustrans for £1,

If you want to know more about the bridge follow this link to go directly to that page or this link for more photographs.

December 2018
Ref no
R2G/Rail/037, R2G/Riv/014
Access status
Only on the website
17 minute audio interview, one photograph
Railway, River
  • Decade