WHEELBARROW WARS

Scrapings of Discontent Burton Road in quieter days – outside Craven Lodge circa 1930 (With thanks to the Francis Frith Collection) I presently reside in Burton Road, Melton Mowbray, sometimes referred to as ‘Burton Hill’, which is actually the area centred abutting Craven and Victoria Streets.  After the establishment of Craven Lodge as the first […]

SPANNING THE CENTURIES

“A level-crossing system …” In a recent blog – ‘Melton to Oakham’ – I outlined my account of the construction of Melton Mowbray’s railway road-bridge which today straddles the Leicester to Peterborough railway line and the River Eye – both are in close proximity – conveying the A606 road out of the town to our […]

MELTON TO OAKHAM – 1900

TIME FOR A CHANGE I live within a stone’s throw of the railway bridge at Burton End in Melton Mowbray which serves to convey traffic and pedestrians across both the Midland railway line and the River Eye which passes underneath on its way to join the Wreake, then the Soar, the Trent and finally into […]

THE LANDING GROUNDS

Early Aviation around Melton Mowbray The small market town of Melton Mowbray was once an important link in the aerial defence of these Islands, detached as they are from the mainland of Europe, at a time when even the concept of an airfield or aerodrome as we understand it today was but a mere whim in the […]

METAMORPHOSIS!

Simon Johnson and Peter Burrows at Craven Court, PHOTO: Tim Williams (Melton Times) ONWARDS AND UPWARDS A year has already passed since I last waxed lyrically about the ongoing rescue and timely regeneration of Craven Lodge, the beautiful old house on Burton Road which was pretty well consigned to the fate of the demolition gang only […]