SK8519 : The only surviving railway navvy housing in Britain

taken 7 years ago, near to Wymondham, Leicestershire, Great Britain

The only surviving railway navvy housing in Britain
The only surviving railway navvy housing in Britain
This building, at Edmondthorpe & Wymondham Station, protected as a Grade II Listed Building, is believed by English Heritage to be the only surviving example of navvy housing, provided by railway contractors for their itinerant workforce and their wives and children. Concern about insanitary and crowded conditions led to better accommodation being provided by the time of the building of the Great Central Railway, the Manchester Ship Canal and – on a smaller scale – the Saxby & Bourne Railway in the 1890s. A second, similar, house was demolished in 1988. This information comes from “Building a Railway: Bourne to Saxby”, ed Stewart Squires and Ken Hollamby (Lincoln Record Society, 2009), who write: “The housing [for 10-12 people] may seem primitive by present-day standards but in the late nineteenth century it would have been an improvement on the cottages of the rural poor.” The navvy house is now used as outbuildings by the occupants of the former Station Master’s House, which is seen on the left (and is much extended and altered since the closure of the railway – to passengers in 1959 and to freight in 1964).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 June, 2010
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Railways > Railway building (converted)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8506 1906 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.7474N 0:44.4536W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8506 1907
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