Early Waggonways and Railways in Notts

Including 'The first railway in the British Isles'

The First Railway in the British Isles

Pevsner in his 'Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire' (p.52) states "It is in Nottinghamshire in 1603-04 that the first railway or tramway in the British Isles was constructed by Sir Huntingdon Beaumont to carry coal from pits in Strelley, which Beaumont leased from Sir Percival Willoughby, for a distance of two miles to Wollaton Lane, whence it could more conveniently be carted to Nottingham or the Trent.  This railway had wooden rails and horse-drawn wagons".

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