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Bradshaw’s Guide

Rugby to Stafford

via Trent Valley

Warwickshire : Rugby

From Rugby several lines of railway branch off, making it a sort of starting point in the centre of England.

From Rugby the line runs on an embankment, and crosses the river Avon on a viaduct, the arches of which are thirty feet span; it then passes over the Oxford canal, and through a very pretty country, crossing the north east section of the county of Warwick.

Warwickshire : Shilton

Close at hand is Anstey Hall, H. Adams, Esq.

Warwickshire : Bulkington

This station is a red brick erection, with stone dressings.

Warwickshire : Nuneaton

Here are remains of a nunnery of Stephen’s time, old Gothic church, grammar school, and ribbon manufactures.

Warwickshire : Atherstone

Here is a fine cruciform church, Market House, on pillars, Devereux’s Grammar School, and the Three Tuns Inn, where Richmond remained the night previous to the Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485.

At Atherstone the line crosses the old coach road. Atherstone Hall is the seat of C. A. Bracebridge, Esq.

The park contains some of the finest old oaks in England. Merevale, the fine seat of W. Dugdale, Esq. descendant of the antiquary.

On nearing Tamworth the fine old church is a noble object in the view; and the country round being rather pretty the effect is greatly increased. In the vicinity is Grendon Hall, Sir T. Chetwynd, Bart. On approaching Tamworth we again enter the county of Stafford.

Staffordshire : Tamworth

This station is a very handsome and picturesque building.

As we approach Lichfield the magnificent and lofty spires of the Cathedral attract attention.

Staffordshire : Lichfield

Lichfield, a small cathedral town and parliamentary borough on the Trent Valley line.

Staffordshire : Armitage

Two miles distant is the Marquis of Anglesea’s seat, Beaudesert Park, an old house, in Cannock Chase, the best view of which is from the camp on Castle Hill, where the early kings had a hunting seat.

Staffordshire : Rugeley

Rugeley will ever be memorable on account of its having been the residence of the sporting doctor, Palmer, who was accused of poisoning his wife, brother, and friend, John Parsons Cook.

The old roadway passes under the line, which is on a lofty embankment. The station is of pleasing design, stone fronted, and has all the variety of outline so essential to the true spirit of the Tudor style of architecture. Hagley Hall, seat of Lady de la Zouche.

Staffordshire : Colwich

Colwich is a pretty village, with a population of about 1,600.

On nearing Stafford, the railway passes through a tunnel in Shugborough Park, seven hundred and seventy-nine yards in length. The north face of the tunnel is a very striking architectural composition. The lofty trees, clothed with the richest foliage, rising from the elevated ground through which the tunnel is pierced, give a depth of tone and artistic effect to the whole scene, a once peculiarly imposing and beautiful, and form a remarkably fine feature in the scenery of the railway. Emerging from the tunnel the town of Stafford is soon reached. Wolsley Park and Bishton, Miss Sparrows, are close at hand.

Staffordshire : Stafford

Stafford is the capital, but by no means the largest town, of Staffordshire.

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