2. Hardingstone Crossing

 

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Land Plan of Hardingstone Junction c.1900
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This wall is part of the culvert installed for the LNWR line in the 1840s.

The Hardingstone Crossing originates from the 1840’s when the London North Western Railway built the Northampton to Peterborough Line. In order to install a line through this water meadow they had to build a series of culverts for drainage. They also had to maintain a pedestrian crossing where the line crossed Nunn Mills Lane. The junction was heavily modified in 1870-2 when the Midland Railway constructed its Bedford to Northampton Line. This was the site of a junction  where the Midland  line split, with one line taking passenger services into St John’s Station, and the other line taking traffic to the Engine Shed and goods yard.

 

 

 

 

Hardingstone Junction signals
Signal Drawing of Hardingstone Junction c.1917

A signal box controlled this junction and the level crossing where the railway crossed Nunn Mills Lane. This unassuming spot actually has an unfortunate history, with several recorded suicides, fatal accidents and even an attempt to derail a train in 1898, labelled the ‘Hardingstone Crossing Outrage’.

Hardingston Junction 1968
Hardingstone Junction and Signal Box in 1968. (Photograph by Robin Leleux)
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The same view today

 

 

Hardingstone Junction 1934
Train passing the junction looking east, 1939 (Photograph Donald H. Dew)

The above photographs show the remains of the pedestrian crossing today. Nunn Mills lane still exists as a public footpath linking Waterside to Ransome Road and Delapre Park.