Woodford Halse Archive

Woodford Railway

The Arrival Part 1

The coming of the Railway to the village of Woodford-cum-Membris had a major impact. The population of the Parish more than doubled in less than five years. The 1891 census figures show a population of 527, and the 1901 census shows 1220, and one cannot but wonder how the original small population faced up to the sudden change.

Probably the first intimation the local inhabitants would have, that a railway was to be built through the parish would have been about 1889, when surveyors were most likely taking levels to plan a route for the proposed extension of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, from just beyond Nottingham to London.

By kind permission of Jim Anscomb

Navvies outside a hut.
Navvies Outside a Hut