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Monument record MDR7956 - Woodville Branch Railway (route of), Swadlincote

Type and Period (1)

  • (Victorian to Late 20th Century - 1849 AD to 1969 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

(Centred SK 3097 1898) Woodville Branch (named on map) Railway, shown leaving the Swadlincote and Woodville Extension (SK 31 NW 7) at SK 3038 1861, and terminating at SK 3156 1940 in a Goods Yard (named on map). (1-4) Dismantled railway (named on map) - in part depicted as earthworks. (5) Line of railway survives only intermittently, having been encroached upon in several places. (6) In 1849 the Midland Railway completed a line from Leicester to Burton, with a branch line running to Swadlincote and another to Woodville, with a small station at each. The main purpose of these lines was to move goods rather than passengers, although there were passenger services from 1851. A network of private routes developed, linking works with the branch lines. In 1884 the situation was further improved by connecting the two branches so that they formed a loop. The regular passenger service was withdrawn in 1947, although summer Saturday trains ran until 1962. The branch was used for wagon storage after freight transport ceased, and it was finally closed to all traffic in c. 1969. The line has since been lifted and parts of the route have been built over. (7, 8)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: OS. 1887. OS County series 1:10560, sheet Derbys LX NE/Leics XV NE. Surveyed 1879-81, published 1887. 1:10560.
  • <2> Map: OS. 1902. OS County Series: 1:10560 Sheet Derbys LX NE/Leics XV NE. Second edition 1902. 1:10560.
  • <3> Map: OS. 1925. OS County Series 1:10560. Derbys LX NE/Leics XV NE Edition of 1925, revised 1920-1.
  • <4> Map: OS. 1938. OS County Series: 1:10560. Derbys LX NE/Leics XV NE. Provisional edition, revision of 1920-1, with additions in 1938. 1:10560.
  • <5> Map: OS. 1977. OS:10000 1977.
  • <6> Index: Malone, S (RCHME). 1994. National Forest Project Index: UID 924111.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Gammell, C J. 1980. LMS Branch Lines.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Stroud, G. 1999. Extensive Urban Survey: Swadlincote. Archaeological Assessment Report..



Grid reference SK 31047 19034 (point)

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Record last edited

Jun 21 2019 1:07PM

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