Woodford Halse and Hinton, nestled in the heart of Northamptonshire, have seen the ebb and flow of history, shaping their identities over the years.

Both villages have been witness to the march of time, from their agricultural roots to moments of industrial significance.

One cannot mention Woodford Halse without highlighting its pivotal role in the Great Central Railway.

This once-major railway junction transformed the village into a hub of activity, with trains connecting it to larger cities and a depot that brought employment and vibrancy.

On this page, we delve into the broader history of both villages, while also spotlighting the profound impact of the railway on their growth and development.

Map of railway connections between 1911 and 1914

A Great Central Location

Woodford Halse was once a busy railway centre. Between 1891 before the railway came and 1901 the population of the Parish more than doubled from 527 to 1220.

Damaged slip coach

The December 1935 Accident

On the evening of 19th December 1935 there was an accident at Woodford involving the Marleybone to Bradford express and a slip coach intended to go on to Stratford on Avon.

Great central woodland instagram picture

Woodland History

We have two people to thank for how the Great Central Woodland looks today; Sir Edward Watkin and Peter Gascoigne. This is how they shaped the centre of our village.

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