The viaduct from Pam & Chris' garden

In the NEWS


Harringworth has converted the Public Telephone Box on Gretton Road into a Defibrillator access point.


The Table Tennis Club continues to grow and has supporters from other local villages and it is hoped that they will continue to see new players.  They meet on a Tuesday at 14.30 – 1630 and a Thursday 17.00 – 19.00.  The Village Hall can be hired to anyone who would like to arrange to play either as a one off or on a regular basis.  Contact Maggie Franklin 747 220 to book a time slot.

Can you help add to the History Archive on Harringworth?  We are looking for old maps and photographs that can either be scanned or donated to the village.  Areas of special interest are the Windmill off Scotgate, Watermill at the bottom of Mill Lane and any historical information about the old Manor House.  Please email if you can help.

Website latest:  Did you know that we have an archaeological site in the village – click the website link to read the latest update from Sarah Chambers who is the village historian and archivist.

Sarah is also the instigator for the new signs which are to be placed either side of the village on the history of the Viaduct and she would welcome your recent photos of the viaduct for this purpose.

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Don’t forget you can sign up to the village Facebook Page (no need to be active on Facebook yourself) to see the latest news from the village and local activity.  We now have over 400 followers and a great range of news and pictures.

Do you know about Seaton Meadow? 

Known as Rutland’s Coronation Meadow it is the only unspoiled floodplain meadow in Rutland and what better time to visit it than during this month of celebration for the Queen.  You can find out more information in the attached article written a couple of years ago and it is hoped that there will be representatives from the local History Society or Plantlife at the Meadow on the two mornings Flying Scotsman dates so do stroll over.  Please note there is a Curlew nesting in the field at present, so you are asked not to walk through the meadow without supervision for the next few weeks.


Network Rail invited parish councillors from Harringworth to see the Victorian viaduct rising over their Northamptonshire village from a different perspective recently.

The parish councillors were given an engineer’s view of the repair and strengthening work taking place on the 130 year old structure, which carries a twin track non-electrified line between Corby and Manton Junction.

Harringworth residents are justifiably proud of the record breaking structure – which was built in 1878 – but its current condition means that it is subject to a speed restriction of 20mph rather than its intended 60mph for heavier freight traffic.

Project Manager Shaun Trickett from Network Rail contractor AMCO explains: “The viaduct needs substantial strengthening and brickwork repairs to bring it back to its original strength and ensure it remains fit for another century of service.”

“We shared the findings of our structural surveys with the councillors and along with our plans for addressing the missing, cracked and bulging brickwork as well as our intention to create an internal skeleton for the viaduct by inserting around 3,000 stainless steel rods – all of which will preserve the existing appearance of this striking structure.”

Among the parish councillors who attended was Brian Chambers the Parish Clerk who said: “This has been a most interesting and informative session, the Parish Council were keen to understand what the current works are designed to achieve and what is involved in the proposed strengthening measures that are to come.”

Would you like to see a new class or activity in the Village Hall?  Possible ideas include Exercise Classes, Yoga, Ballroom Dancing, Computer Classes etc.  Please let us have your ideas – email

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