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Treacle Mines, Tragedies and Triumph
The Building of the Bournemouth Direct line 1883 - 88

Jude James

104 Pages | 65 colour & b/w illustrations

235x165mm, Paperback




The Direct Line, running between Brockenhurst Lymington Junction) and Christchurch, a distance of about ten and half miles, was constructed between the years 1884 and 1888.

It was two years overdue in its completion; it led to the bankruptcy of a construction company and to the deaths of at least ten navvies and injuries to many more. But in its building it had a great impact on the lives of the local communities and brought about changes that have left a legacy that is felt up to the present day.