Opened in 1899, Quorn and Woodhouse railway station was part of the Great Central Railway London Extension. The station design is of a single double sided island platform. The single storey platform buildings are constructed of red brick with the office of the station master having a fretted canopy. The station was closed in 1963 and reopened in 1974 as part of the then private Great Central Railway.
The goods yard was expanded during World War II with ammunition stored in local bases.
The station has been restored to a 1940’s style due to the association with World War II.
The Booking Office (below) and General Waiting Room (above) with authentic furniture and advertising.
The Great Central Railway is the only double track main line heritage railway in the UK and is Grade II Listed.
In the Market Place of Melbourne is the Market Cross by James Wright. Dating to 1889 with alterations in 1953, the cross was constructed from ashlar and timber. Restored in 1977, the large central stone pier has a wooden bench attached. Within a niche on the west side, there is an inscription which states “Erected in 1889” and on the north side, a brass plaque records that the monument was erected to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The timber shelter was erected in 1953 and the monument is Grade II listed.
Also known as Vernon Street Prison, the New County Gaol served as the county Gaol from 1843 to 1919 when it was demolished. All that remains today is the impressive facade (above).
Designed by the English architect Francis Goodwin, the Gaol initially had 185 cells. Designed in a wheel layout, the central hub of the Gaol was formed by the chapel and governor’s house with seven cell wings. The huge gates and 25ft high walls were constructed from freestone ashlar with the central entrance flanked by two tuscan columns supporting the triglyph frieze above.
The Gaol has Martello towers and the surviving facade is Grade II Listed.
Located in the village of Kimbolton is the medieval castle now home to Kimbolton School. Grade I listed, the castle was heavily rebuilt by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor in the early 18th century. Constructed of ashlar faced in Weldon and Ketton stone, the west front (above) was not rebuilt by Vanbrugh but incorporated into his design with the addition of battlements and uniform windows.
The Tudor chapel was remodelled during the Great Rebuilding. Featuring a West gallery designed by Vanbrugh, the chapel courtyard wall is stonework thought to have been brought from the ruined Higham Ferrers in 1523 by Sir Richard Wingfield.
The courtyard was remodelled in 1690-95 by the 4th Earl of Manchester, Charles Edward Montagu. Featuring an ornamental doorway which leads into the Great Hall, the courtyard is a mixture of brick and stone, ornamented lead rainwater pipes and the 17th century small pane sash windows are some of the earliest surviving examples in England.
The Gatehouse was built in 1764- 1766 and was the work of the British architect Robert Adam. Constructed of red brick with Ketton stone ashlar, the Gatehouse is flanked by two single storey ranges with gable end pediments. The Gatehouse is also Grade I Listed.
The achievement of arms of the 4th Earl of Manchester formerly surmounted the exterior iron gates. After careful restoration, it is now on display in the Heritage Room.