March Railway

The main cause of the rapid growth of March in the past hundred years is its emergence as the chief railway centre of the Isle. The first line was that from Ely to Peterborough, opened in 1846, from which branches were laid to Wisbech and to St. Ives respectively in the two following years. Another important line (to Spalding) was opened in 1867 and provided through communication between the north and east of England. (fn. 30) The situation of the railway station at the north end of the town has quickened the consistently northward trend of the town plan.

30. V.C.H. Cambs. ii, 133. in 

Great Northern Railway. (Extension from Spalding to March.)
THE LONDON GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 21, 1862. p5587  In Parliament. - Session 1863.
"THE Great Northern Railway Company (who are hereinafter referred to as the Company) intend to apply to Parliament in the next Session thereof, for leave to bring in a Bill to enable them -To make and maintain a Railway, with all necessary works, stations, approaches and conveniences connected therewith, commencing by a junction with the Loop Line, of the Great Northern Railway, at a point eighty yards, or thereabouts, to the southward of the spot at which the said Great Northern Railway crosses on the level the Bourn Turnpike Road, in the Town and Parish of Spalding, in the parts of Holland, in Lincolnshire, passing thence through or into the following parishes and places, or some of them (that is to say): Spalding, Cowbit, Peakhill, Deeping Saint Nicholas, Weston,otherwise Weston Saint Mary, Moulton Moulton Chapelry, Crowland, otherwise Cropland, Portland, Whaplode, Whaplode Drove, Chapeliy, Fleet, Holbeach, Gedney, Gedney Hill Chapelry, Long Sutton, otherwise Sutton Saint Mary, and Sutton Saint Edmunds, all in the said parts of Holland; Leverington, Parson Drove Chapelry, Thorney, otherwise Thorney Abbey, Wisbeach Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Wisbeach Saint Mary, Whittlesey, otherwise Whittlesea, Elm, Doddington, and March, all in the Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge; and terminating in the said parish of March, by a junction with the March and Wisbeach Line of the Great Eastern Railway, at a point about ten yards northward of the spot at which the said March and Wisbeach Line crosses a road called Norwood Side Grove, leading from Norwood Side to Estopher Farm. For the purposes of the said Railway, and the works connected therewith, it is intended by. The Bill to apply for power to cross, divert, alter, or stop up, whether temporarily or permanently, roads, tramways, drains, navigations, rivers, and canals; to purchase lands, houses, and other property compulsorily; .to levy tolls, rates, and charges, and to alter existing tolls, rates, and charges.  

Dated this 1st day of November, 1862.Johnston, Farquhar, and Leech, 65, Moorgate Street, Solicitors for the Bill.