Wotton railway station in Buckinghamshire, England, was part of a horse-
drawn freight tramway built by Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-
Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos in
1871. It served the Duke's home at Wotton House and the nearby village
of Wotton Underwood. In 1872 the line was extended to the nearby town of
Brill, converted to passenger use, equipped with steam locomotives, and
named the Brill Tramway. In the 1880s, the route was taken over by the
Metropolitan Railway. Wotton, the Tramway's third busiest passenger
station, was also a transit point for large shipments of milk from local
farms. In 1933 the Metropolitan Railway became the Metropolitan line of
London Transport, making Wotton a station on the London Underground,
despite its distance from London. In November 1935 London Transport
withdrew all services from the route. The Tramway reverted to the
descendants of the Duke of Buckingham, but having no funds and no
rolling stock they were unable to operate it. By early April 1936 the
line's entire infrastructure, including Wotton station, had been sold
for scrap at auction.
Today's selected anniversaries:
Wars of the Guelphs and Ghibellines: Siena Ghibellines defeated
the Florence Guelphs at the Battle of Montaperti thanks to an act of
treachery, which was immortalised in Dante's Divine Comedy.
War of 1812: A coalition of Native American tribes began the
Siege of Fort Harrison in Terre Haute, Indiana, by setting the fort on
The Albanian Revolt of 1912 came to an end when the Ottoman
government agreed to meet the rebels' demands.
The Progressive Conservative Party led by Brian Mulroney won
the largest majority government by total number of seats in Canadian
history during the federal election.
A 7.1 Mw earthquake struck the South Island, New Zealand
(damage pictured), causing up to NZ$3.5 billion in damages.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (cardinal) The number
2. (figuratively) An unimaginably large number.
3. (US, real estate, nonstandard, rare) An infinitesimally small portion of
land, defined for legal purposes.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I
feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?
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