Booking Office Restoration Appeal
Prior to the closure of the Northampton to Market Harborough railway in 1981, the signal box at Lamport Station had been a prominent local landmark for over 100 years, guarding the level crossing where the Harborough Road (A508) traversed the railway in the valley between Lamport and Maidwell.
Following closure by BR, the top section of the ‘box was rescued by the fledgling Northampton and Lamport Railway and recovered to our site at Pitsford and Brampton Station.
Today the ‘box stands on the station platform, immediately adjacent to the main entrance. Until recently it had been used as our Booking Office, providing a warm welcome for visitors and giving the public access to this piece of local history.
This also gave the building a useful purpose until such time as we are hopefully able to re-instate it back close to its original position at Lamport (when the railway gets back there).
Unfortunately, the building had to be closed for health and safety reasons in early 2018, as its structural timbers had experienced significant deterioration.
Work to restore the building is quite significant and includes providing a new hardwood corner post, hardwood main beam, floor joists and floorboards. Estimates to date price the work at £23,000. This is because of the need to use hardwood and the requirement for specialist bespoke carpentry. Without intervention the deterioration will only continue to the point that restoration is unviable, meaning that the old ‘box could be lost forever.
As a result, we are urgently appealing for £10,000 (roughly 50% of the cost) to be used as match-funding against grants we are applying for.
If you would like to donate you can either:
- Donate securely via our Golden Giving page (click on link below)
- Send cheques payable to ‘Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO’ to: Booking Office Appeal, Northampton and Lamport Railway, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, NN6 8BA
We thank you in advance for your kind generosity.
We are excited to announce that this project is being supported by Tesco Bags of Help!
You will be able to vote for the project in various Tesco outlets across Northampton between 1st Jan 2020 and 31st March 2020.
Please put you blue token in our pot!