From this point you can see what remains of the Irthlingborough railway station which opened in 1845 and formed part of the Northampton to Peterborough line until its closure in 1966.
If you look towards Stanwick, the station would have been on the left hand side, with the two brick pillars forming part of the pedestrian entrance. You can also see the remains of some tracks going under the road and the concrete foundations of the old signal box.
If you walk down the lane to your left, you will come to the old medieval bridge which was the main river crossing before the flyover was built.
Habitats and Species
The disturbed ground near to the old station site has been colonised by buddleia, a favourite of butterflies which are attracted by the sweet smell of the flowers.
The old bridge offers a good vantage point from which to view the river and surrounding meadows. It is here that the water from the lakes re-joins the Nene and this spot is particularly popular with banded demoiselle damselflies.
“Before the gravel extractions I remember going for walks with my father as a boy and listening to Dad telling me stories of his youth spent with the signal man in the signal box halfway along the valley.”
– Alan Mayes
“People on the meadows would wave at the trains as they went by and the people on the trains would wave back; there used to be special trains to Northampton that ran on Saturdays that were cheaper, although you had to get a certain train there and a certain train back. There weren’t very many cars in the villages – people would walk, cycle or catch the train.”
– Stanwick Chatterbox Group