Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More old photographs of Market Harborough

The Harborough Museum has added more old photographs to its Flickr account.

There is now a set of photos of Little Bowden, including one that shows there used to be a footbridge beside the level crossing on Scotland Road. The signal box in that picture, by the way, is the one now to be found at Pitsford and Brampton on the Northampton & Lamport Railway.

There is also a set of photographs of Bricky Tip. Several of them show the houses in Bellfields Lane or the railway, so it should be possible to work out exactly where they were taken.

Bricky Tip, now called Windy Ridge, has been threatened with development for some years. The site of the other former brickworks and associated quarry in Market Harborough is now occupied by Symington's Recreation Ground.

When I was a councillor and we were getting the town's leisure centre built, this was one of the locations we considered. But the consultants were adamant that you never know what you will find when you start digging foundations in an area like that, so we disregarded it as a site.

I wonder if the would-be developers of Bricky Tip know what they are doing?

Later. I have found a picture of Little Bowden Crossing signal box taken in 1972 when it was still in situ. It was known as Little Bowden Crossing to differentiate it from Little Bowden Junction on the Midland line to St Pancras.

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