Railway at Ketton

Ketton railway station was opened by Midland Railway on 1st May 1848 to passengers. The waiting shelter was built in 1872 - the same time as the single storey extension to the station building. In 1935 the station was renamed Ketton and Collyweston. The station closed to passengers on 6 June 1966. The station buildings were demolished in 1973.

Ketton Cement works and Ketton Stone had its own rail siding (known as "Wards Sidings") which enabled it to haul coal by train. The rail siding opened in 1928 and closed in 1963.

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1845 - Petition against the railway coming to Ketton

Lord Brougham presented a petition from a gentleman named Soweby, residing at Ketton Hall, Rutlandshire, complaining of the injury that would be done to his estate by the proposed line of railway from Syston to Peterborough, which was to run within 200 yards of his house. Earl Fitzwilliam admitted that the case of the petitioner was one of great hardship, but thought that the proposed line of railway would be beneficial to the county. Parliament was placed in a dilemma, for it must either through out a bill or consent to certain injuries being committed. Lord Redesdale thought that parliament should throw out all railway bills where gross private injuries were done. Lord Campbell said there was no difficulty in the present instance, because the railway was cut through the petitioner's group, and he would receive compensation not only for the ground taken, but also for the consequential damage which might be done to his estate. And juries, he knew from experience, always felt inclined to give most ample damages in such cases.

1845 - Counter petition in favour of the railway

The inhabitants of Ketton, anxious to obtain the advantages of a railway, (though by it much of the property of both owners and occupiers will be cut up), and stimulated to exertion by a counter petition sent from their village (by Mr Sowerby), have not only contributed upwards of 150 signatures to the Rutland petition in favour of the Syston railway, but have forwarded a special petition, signed by 100 of the freeholders and principals occupiers in the place, also in favour of the line.