I was very interested to see a reference to the James family. My great-grandfather was John Thomas James, younger son of Edward James (1810-1903), farmer, and his wife Hannah. John Thomas James (1855-1932) was Station Master of Bottesford from 1896 to February 1902, when he left for Eastwood.
I believe that this photograph is of the extended family, with John Thomas and his family at top right: John Thomas James is the third male from the right, his son George James second, and my grand father Albert Mark James, the eldest son, first. The lady next to them is probably John Thomas’ wife Sarah Jane. The gentleman in the centre of the front row may be Francis James, who was publican at the Red Lion, the pub having been run by various members of the family for about 50 years. Sadly, the photo has seen better days but may jog someone’s memory.
This second photograph shows John Thomas James in 1907, after he and his family had left Bottesford. John is seen wearing his railway uniform cap. The others are from left to right: George Herbert James (son), Alice Farmer (neice, aged 18), John’s second wife Sarah and her sister Agnes.
The family can be traced back via Granby, to Hickling in Nottinghamshire and to a Henry James born about 1645. Francis James was publican at the Red Lion, the pub having been run by various members of the family for about 50 years.
I would be interested to find out if there are any James’s still in the area as I did hear that there was a Mrs. James, pig farmer, there about ten years ago.