From the Archive: Navvies at Cotesbach

The Great Central Railway was built through Lutterworth in the late 1890s and the influx of navvies into the quiet market town had inevitable consequences. The forces of law and order, in particular, went through an exceptionally busy time. ‘Sleeping out with no visible means of subsistence’ was an offence that brought a succession of navvies before the Lutterworth magistrates, and one that usually earned them 7 days’ hard labour in Leicester…

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