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
Place Desborough
Area Borough of Kettering
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Desborough railway station was built by the Midland Railway on its extension from Leicester to Bedford and Hitchin.


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


  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

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