Portrait of Harringworth Viaduct 8- Little Red House – final shots
Here we have my final shots of the little red house under Harringworth viaduct.
I have always loved red brick and when it’s aged like this I think it’s so beautiful.
So what was it for… read on.
In the photo above if you look carefully you will see there is an iron hook to the right of the door just over half way up.
The post you can see in the ground in the photos above and below is thick and wooden with lots of what appear to be cut marks on it but no idea what it’s for!
Any guesses what hook or post might be for?
The window had a hole in the top ( might be a knot in the wood though) and what appeared to be a loose iron rivet in a hole at the bottom. Again no idea why.
Any thoughts on this ?
I was hoping to be able to show you something interesting inside but alas there was nothing interesting at all just straight walls and a red brick floor. You can just about see the far wall through the window. On that far wall there was another window which has been bricked up.
So what was this little building for? Well the only thing I could find online was this:-
“This Viaduct, completed in 1878, spans the Welland (river) from Seaton to
Harringworth. 2,500 men helped to build it, and they were paid between
£1 and £3 per week, according to their skills. Huts were erected to house
these workers, and the Railway Mission came to try to convert them. They were
said to be a ‘rough and ready lot’ by the local residents, and were often
caught drunk or poaching. “
Though I know the huts mentioned were wooden I still like to think of a couple of rough and ready cloth-capped workers going to this shed to shelter from the weather or maybe they made illicit liquor in there or kept pigs or goats and tied them to the post to graze!! !!
Addendum 30th may 2012 -See Kenny’s comment below which I’ve copied here –
Hi, I live locally to Harringworth and also know some Harringworth folk, born and bred. They assure me that these are workers cottages built around the time of the construction of the viaduct.
The holes in the window frame were for securing shutters, from the inside.
The wooden post I am told is missing another post parallel to it, and a handle…and a….sharpening stone. The cut marks you see are the result of workers drawing their tools across the wood just to see how sharp they have made their blades. At least one stone still exists in one of the gardens in Harringworth.
There are also two more huts. One is vandalised, but you should find another at the Seaton end of the viaduct.
So the mystery of the little red house is solved.. Thank you so much to Kenny 😀
You can see my other Viaduct photos here
and the other “Portraits of” in the series here
If you care to you can also read my other blog 1500 Saturdays here