Corby Steel Works
Stewarts & Lloyds and British Steel at Corby
This page is about the large Corby steel works and its closure, and its impact on Corby.
The Stewarts & Lloyds steel tube works at Corby became part British Steel in 1967 when the steel industry was nationalised. It was by then a very large works. The photo above shows just part of it. It had many 0-6-0ST in steam days be for the diesels took over. These 0-6-0ST had brought the ore from the many iron ore quarrys that were around Corby.
Corby was just a large village be for the works opened. Corby grew with Stewarts & Lloyds. When in the 1970s the government decided to stop steel making, this hit the town very hard. By the 1980s about 11,000 jobs had gone. Some steel tube making carried on, but the steel came from Teesside and South Wales.
Corby's unemployment rate hit around 30%. as steel was its one main industry. Much has been done over the last few years to get firms to come to Corby.This has made a far better mix of jobs. All this is working as the town is now growing very fast, which is why it got it railway station back, with many people living and now working in London.
The Manton Junction to Kettering railway line lost lots of its traffic when the steel works closed, from coal, to the iron ore, and the finished steel out . Even though the tube works to day, do bring some traffic to the railway line, its little compared, with what there once was.
Corby station in 2020
Next page is on Kettering station
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