In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
June 20, 1914
The inhabitants of Swinford were surprised as well as grieved to learn of the death of Mr Charles William Winter, gardener, in the employ of the Vicar, the Rev GJ Powell, about mid-day on Monday. Mr Winter had been sent to fetch a horse and float to convey luggage for the vicar’s son to Yelvertoft Station. But the horse was noticed by George Cave (roadman) to be walking along without a driver. He found Winter lying in the bottom of the conveyance. An inquest was held at the Chequers Inn on Wednesday. Dr B Moss was of the opinion he had a haemorrhage of the brain.
June 19, 1964
This summer will see an ambitious programme in Rugby and the surrounding area by the East Midlands Electricity Board. The board will be changing over the present high voltage system of 12,000 volts to 11,000 volts. This is to come into line with the national system, which is operating in areas adjacent to Rugby. It will be in rural areas where consumers will be affected. Local distribution transformers will be taken out of service for a period of up to three to four hours. Postcards will be sent to consumers and in some cases loud speaker vans will also be used.
June 15, 1989
A 25-acre site near Rugby is set to become a major Euro-terminal linked to the Kent coast by a privately run main-line railway. The Great Central Railway Group wants to build the link to coincide with the opening of the Channel Tunnel in late 1993. From the point west of London it will follow the former Great Central Railway line into this district at Willoughby, crossing Hillmorton Paddox district and out towards Shawell and Catthorpe. The project, estimated to cost in excess of £1billion, has angered conservationists.