Hassop railway station

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Hassop
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Hassop Station, showing the Monsal Trail
Location
Area Derbyshire Dales
Coordinates 53°13′52″N 1°40′33″W / 53.2312°N 1.6758°W / 53.2312; -1.6758Coordinates: 53°13′52″N 1°40′33″W / 53.2312°N 1.6758°W / 53.2312; -1.6758
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 August 1862 Station opens as Hassop
circa 1870 renamed Hassop for Chatsworth
circa 1906 renamed Hassop
17 August 1942 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
The remains of Hassop Station in 1961

Hassop railway station was a station situated about two miles from the village of Hassop in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It was opened in 1862[1] by the Midland Railway on its extension of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway from Rowsley.[2]

It was built for the benefit of the Duke of Devonshire of Chatsworth House who, having previously declined to allow the railway to pass over the easier terrain of his lands, belatedly saw its possible benefit.[3] Indeed, for a while it was renamed "Hassop for Chatsworth".[4] However, in this sparsely populated area, it saw little use, and closed in 1942. It greatest usefulness was as a goods yard, which closed in 1964.

The station building has since been renovated by Hassop Station Ltd. Hassop Station is now a family friendly cafe with outdoor covered seating and play area, book shop, gift shop and cycle hire facility. Disabled access and toilets are available here, along with a large car park.

The trackbed is part of the Monsal Trail, a walk and cycleway. Four tunnels (located between the Great Longstone station and Topley Pike Junction sites) were reopened on the trail in May 2011, lengthening the trail to a continuous 8.5 miles (13.7 km) for cyclists walkers and riders.

History[edit]

Opened by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, then becoming part of the Midland Railway, the station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then closed to passengers in 1942.

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Longstone
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway   Bakewell
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Truman, P., Hunt, D. (1989). Midland Railway Portrait. Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing. 
  3. ^ Radford, B. (1988). Midland Though The Peak. Unicorn Books. 
  4. ^ Hillmer, J. (2007). British Railways Past & Present - Derbyshire. Past & Present Publishing Ltd.