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 main corner post, main floor beam, floor joists and floorboards. It will then also need painting and fitting out. Estimates to date price the work at around £16,500. This is because of the need 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 £8,000 (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 via Golden Giving

You can donate to this project securely online via our dedicated fundraising page

Or send cheques payable to ‘Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO’ to: M3919 restoration, Pitsford and Brampton Station, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, NN6 8BA

We thank you in advance for you kind generosity.

This project has been given an excellent start by being chosen for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in the Northampton Area.

The project appeared in stores between January and March 2020. However, the coronavirus outbreak meant voting in store was suspended and the three good causes at the time were given an equal share of the money (£1,166 each).

Thank you Tesco Bags of Help!

 

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