End of the line for Sturmer rail bridge

The bridge just before it began to be knocked down.Picture by Sally Day. ANL-151020-105329001
The bridge just before it began to be knocked down.Picture by Sally Day. ANL-151020-105329001
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The end of the line arrived for a disused 150-year-old rail bridge just outside Haverhill after it was demolished last week.

The Victorian bridge had formed part of the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway line and spanned a public footpath about 100 metres behind Sturmer Hall but last Thursday (15) its demolition was underway.

The end of the line for the Victorian railway bridge in Sturmer. Picture: Sally Day. ANL-151019-135813001

The end of the line for the Victorian railway bridge in Sturmer. Picture: Sally Day. ANL-151019-135813001

Rail enthusiast Tony Course spotted the digger at work as he was out running with his dogs.

He said: “It’s a bit of our history, the local history of our railways.

“Since Tesco has taken over the station building site over (in Haverhill) there’s not much of it left now to see where it was.

“It’s virtually the last bit.

“I work on the railways that’s why I’m interested. It should not pass without being noted.”

The Colne Valley line was built in stages in the 1860s, reaching Yeldham in 1862 and then Haverhill in 1863.

The Great Eastern Railway opened a line from Sudbury to Cambridge via Haverhill, where a connecting spur to the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway was built.

The Colne Valley line’s Haverhill station operated up until 1965 (for the last four decades as a goods station only) when it was closed down and the track was lifted the following year.

The goods yard stood off Colne Valley Road, where the allotments are now.