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Out Now on CD

Few people seem to know that the Leicester to Swannington Railway was one of the oldest railways in the world. This new publication, the work of many authors under the editorship of LIHS member Keith Drury, brings together a wealth of material, including hundreds of previously unpublished photographs. It includes all the new material relating to the railway system between Leicester and Swannington which has been found by our Society over recent years, including all the operations and companies associated with it,   

We’ve designated it as the ‘compendium’ as it holds everything we’ve found – an eclectic mix not to be missed! And we hope there will be more to come. There’s a whole Appendix tantalisingly entitled ‘Untapped Resources’ still to be explored!

Front cover of DVD


The Leicester to Swannington

Update 2010: Compendium

An e-publication by
Leicestershire Industrial History Society

Leicester to Swannington Railway disk


Prices: LIHS members £5 Non members £15 Post and packing £2.50

The CD can be purchased at our meetings or by post from David Lyne - contact details below.

  map showing route of Leicester to Swannington Railway  




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bailiffgate images

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Still standing on the Great Lime Road a little to the south of Killingworth, this splendid little relic of the past was home to George Stephenson and his young family during the early years of the nineteenth century. George was just starting out on his incredible career when he moved into the cottage – as a brakeman in charge of winding machinery at nearby West Moor Colliery – but was internationally famous by the time he relocated to Newcastle twenty years later.

When our man moved in, the cottage consisted of one room and a garret reached by a ladder. During his stay, though, he extended and converted the premises into a four-roomed house. The cottage has a sundial above the door, made by Stephenson himself, and an adjoining plaque which reads:-

George Stephenson. Engineer. Inventor of the Locomotive Engine. Lived in this cottage from 1805 to 1823; his first locomotive (Blücher) was built at the adjacent colliery wagon shops, and on July 25th 1814 was placed on the wagonway which crosses the road at the east end of this cottage.
George’s baby daughter and wife died during 1805-06, leaving George and his infant son as the only surviving family members. Dial Cottage therefore doubles its fame as the childhood home of the great Robert Stephenson…
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The Virtual Tour of the restored Stephenson Works has been henhanced with more interactive tools and can be viewed HERE

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Rhodeswood Reservoir is a man-made lake in Longendale in north Derbyshire. It was constructed by John Frederick Bateman between 1849 and June 1855 as part of the Langdendale chain to supply river Etherow to the urban areas of Greater Manchester.  It is third in the chain, and it is from here that the water is extracted to pass through the Mottram Tunnel to Godley for Manchester 

The Manchester Corporation Waterworks Act 1847 gave permission for the construction of the Woodhead and Arnfield reservoirs; the Manchester Corporation Waterworks Act 1848 allowed the construction of torside and Rhodeswood Reservoir, and an aqueduct to convey the water to the Arnfield reservoir where it would pass through the Mottram Tunnel to Godley.

During construction, landslips were a problem. On the night of 6 February 1852, of land beneath the contractors' village of New Yarmouth moved obliquely to the watercourse. bateman consulted the engineers Robert Stephenson and I K Brunel. Pipes were sunk to draw off the water from the underlying shale.



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