SK8219 : Lord Harborough's Curve from Pile Bridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Saxby, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Lord Harborough's Curve from Pile Bridge
Lord Harborough's Curve from Pile Bridge
The long-abandoned and overgrown railway embankment which crosses this picture is one with an interesting and sensational history. In the 1840s Lord Harborough did all he could to prevent the building of the Midland Railway line from Leicester (Syston) to Peterborough. Lord Harborough’s men and the Midland’s surveyors engaged in fisticuffs, the surveyors were locked up and then released on the advice of the local policeman, and in further confrontations both the peer and the railway company employed ruffians to fight their corners. Eventually a compromise was reached, and Lord Harborough’s Curve – a deviation whose tightness was later to prove a handicap to high-speed running of the Midland’s Nottingham-Kettering-St Pancras expresses – was opened in 1848 to take the line east of Saxby without damaging Lord Harborough’s view too much. The next Lord Harborough was better disposed towards railways, and Lord Harborough’s Curve was replaced by the present, more generous curve, to the south, in 1892, when the Saxby & Bourne Railway – the most westerly part of the Midland & Great Northern route from the East Midlands to the Norfolk coast – was also built. The estate farmhouse takes its name, Pile Bridge, from the wooden-pile bridge which carried Lord Harborough's Curve over the lane on which I stood to take the picture. Only the name remains, to perplex future generations.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 June, 2010
Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 822 191 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8169N 0:46.9859W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 820 192
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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