Former goods yard from a northbound train
Essendine shown within Rutland
|Area||2.31 sq mi (6.0 km2) |
|Population||368 2001 Census|
|– density||159 /sq mi (61 /km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||84 miles (135 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Rutland and Melton|
Most of the village is on Blisworth Limestone or Upper Estuarine Series geology, though the church and castle are on river alluvium. In the parish generally, the soils are shallow and well drained with limestone brash. There is some clay which is naturally rather poorly drained and occasionally waterlogged. It produces the wheat, barley, sugar beet and some potatoes usual in eastern England
The small church has a notable Norman tympanum over its south door. It is built within the remains of the Castle, which appears to have been a very early Norman bailey later developing into a strongly fortified manor.
The village is dominated by a large industrial site, once the factory of Allis Chalmers, later Fiat-Allis. After closure various buildings were rented to a variety of small enterprises, and there are a large number of small businesses to be found to this day.
Controversially two substantial fires occurred there in a short time.
The station also became the main line terminus of the short Stamford to Essendine line (via Belmesthorpe) which opened in 1856. The Bourne and Essendine Railway, begun at Essendine in 1858, opened on 16 May 1860.
On 3 July 1938, North of Essendine, just over the border in Lincolnshire at Milepost 90¼ London and North Eastern Railway Class A4 locomotive number 4468 "Mallard" set the land speed record for a steam locomotive reaching 126mph, which is unbeaten to this day. Mallard achieved this at the 90¼ milepost where a commemorative sign was erected by the track in 1998.
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