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Stapleford Park is a country hotel and Grade I listed building in Staplefordmarker near Melton Mowbraymarker in Leicestershire, England.

The Hall was the seat of the Sherard family, later the Earls of Harborough and from 1894, of Baron Gretton.

American hotelier Bob Payton bought it in 1988 to convert into an hotel. He restored the buildings, hiring Wedgwood, Turnbull & Asser, Crabtree & Evelyn to decorate its rooms.

The Gothick church in the park was built in 1783 by George Richardson for the 4th Earl of Harborough.

Lord Harborough's Curve

The 6th Earl objected to a proposal in 1844 to run the Syston and Peterborough Railway through Stapleford Park along the course of the River Wreakemarker. Its construction would threaten the struggling Oakham Canalmarker of which he was a shareholder. The dispute led to a series of brawls and confrontations between the Earl's men and canal employees on one side and the railway's surveyors on the other with up to 300 involved in each skirmish. The dispute has been called the "Battle of Saxby".

Eventually the railway ran around Stapleford Park in what is known as "Lord Harborough's Curve". The tight bend was a nuisance for the express trains and, later when the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway built a branch to Saxbymarker, the opportunity was taken to reduce the curve with Saxby station being moved in the process. Lord Harborough had died in the meantime and the estate had been bought by Lord Gretton who was more sympathetic to the railway.


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