At the beginning of 2012, a very small group of volunteers launched a long-term project to:
identify, catalogue and create a comprehensive record of key railway-related sites and structures within (or associated with) the Settle - Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA); then to
gradually research and document the history of key locations in order to
create an interesting and reliable online resource and thereby
aid the interpretation, management and enjoyment of this fascinating part of the United Kingdom.
The statistics below illustrate the scale of the project and the wide variety of location types that are being catalogued and recorded:
- 24 railway stations (13 open / operational and 11 closed) which include:
- 48 signal boxes (11 operational, 2 preserved, 35 demolished / removed)
- 398 numbered bridges, including:
- 145 'culverts'
- 232 former railway workers’ houses (all now in private ownership)
- 379 other lineside buildings (almost all of which are now disused and in various stages of decay), including:
- 305 Mileposts
- 118 Gradient posts
In the longer term, it is hoped that the scope of the SCRCA Project can be extended to cover some of the smaller structures, including boundary markers, signals, signs and some of the key archaeological sites connected with the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. (A start has been made on the latter for the Ribblehead-Blea Moor area).
Background & Context
The 'Background & Context' briefing document places the SCRCA Project in context by providing:
- a brief overview of the purpose and management of Conservation Areas in general;
- the background to evaluating Conservation Area structures that may be under threat of alteration or demolition / removal;
- the historical precedent for embracing 'managed change' within the SCRCA; and
- a quick look at the implications of all this for the SCRCA Project.
Although the task of gathering and uploading material is still ongoing, the project has already generated a significant quantity of material (information, images, etc.). One of the primary objectives of the project is to provide public access to this material wherever it is appropriate for us to do so. You can 'virtually visit' and 'virtually explore' the SCRCA from the comfort of your desk, armchair, etc. via the following main menu options, each of which provides a slightly different view over the database:
- Virtually Visit the operational sites and standing structures within the SCRCA.
- Virtually Explore the SCRCA using interactive maps or aerial imagery.
- Delve into the details via the comprehensive Gazetteer. This provides access to ALL of the locations in the database including:
The SCRCA Project uses a wide variety of both general and specialist terminology. The latter includes terms drawn from the fields of archaeology, architecture and conservation, as well as from railway engineering and railway operations. The Glossary of Terms lists - and provides brief definitions for - some of this essential 'jargon' and this will be expanded to include architectural terminology when we begin to upload 'formal descriptions' for key locations. All of the locations (sites and structures) associated with the SCRCA Project have been classified by location 'type'. Some have been further classified by location 'variant'. A list of the types and variants (with definitions and examples) can be accessed via the Location Types and Location Variants options in the footer menu.
Some of the locations within the SCRCA benefit from additional official protection such as 'listing' (for structures) and 'scheduling' (for sites). The various classifications are listed and briefly explained on the Protection Categories page.
The SCRCA Project: Notes regarding data control, copyright and usage page covers the subjects indicated by its title.
If you'd like to help us with any aspect of the SCRCA Project, we would very much like to hear from you. The key tasks associated with the project are listed and briefly explained on the SCRCA Project: Getting Involved page.
See also the 'Plea for Information and Images' page.