Desborough railway station

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Desborough and Rothwell
Desborough & Rothwell former station geograph-3409956-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Remains of the station in 1993
Location
Place Desborough
Area Borough of Kettering
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
8 May 1857 Opened as Desborough
1 October 1857 Renamed Desborough for Rothwell
1 November 1899 Renamed Desborough and Rothwell
1 January 1968 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Desborough railway station was built by the Midland Railway on its extension from Leicester to Bedford and Hitchin.

History[edit]

The station opened on 8 May 1857[1] as Desborough. It was renamed on 1 October the same year as Desborough for Rothwell.

On 20 May 1899, Elizabeth Palmer and her five year old child, Dixon Palmer, were hit by a fish train whilst crossing the line at the station to get to the opposite platform and killed instantly.[2] By August 1899 the Midland Railway Company had received instructions from the Board of Trade to erect a footbridge over the line.[3]

In response to a requisition from the ratepayers of Rothwell, the Midland Railway Company decided to inaugurate a bus service between Rothwell and Desborough station in 1899.[4] The station subsequently was renamed Desborough and Rothwell.

It closed in 1968.[5] The station building still stands, but the goods yard area is now built-over, mainly given over to a Co-Op store and car park and Albany Sheds.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Market Harborough   Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
  Glendon and Rushton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opening of the Leicester and Hitchin Line". Bedfordshire Mercury. British Newspaper Archive. 9 May 1857. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Shocking Double Fatality at Desborough Station. Woman and Child Killed". Northampton Mercury. England. 26 May 1899. Retrieved 15 February 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "About Town and County". Northampton Mercury. England. 18 August 1899. Retrieved 15 February 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Kettering". Stamford Mercury. England. 8 September 1899. Retrieved 15 February 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 52°26′41″N 0°49′07″W / 52.4446°N 0.8186°W / 52.4446; -0.8186