Holywell Junction railway station

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Holywell Junction
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Holywell Junction station
Location
Place Greenfield
Area Flintshire
Coordinates 53°17′32″N 3°12′23″W / 53.2922°N 3.2065°W / 53.2922; -3.2065Coordinates: 53°17′32″N 3°12′23″W / 53.2922°N 3.2065°W / 53.2922; -3.2065
Grid reference SJ195779
Operations
Original company Chester and Holyhead Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
History
1 May 1848 Opened[1]
14 February 1966 Closed to passengers[1]
c.1970 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Holywell Junction railway station was located on the north-eastern edge of Holywell, and Greenfield, villages in Flintshire, Wales, on the estuary of the River Dee.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 May 1848 as part of the Chester and Holyhead Railway (now the North Wales Coast Line) and was named simply Holywell.[1] A brick built signal box was opened in 1902 to replace an earlier wooden one. The station initially had two platforms but as the line grew busier the number of tracks doubled from one each way to two and the number of platforms followed suit. The main station building was positioned on the down platform and a subway connected them all. In 1912 Holywell Branch Line was opened just east of the station which linked the mainline to the centre of Holywell.[2] Therefore, Holywell station was renamed Holywell Junction on 1 May and the new station called Holywell Town.

The branch line lasted 42 years before being closed and Holywell Junction was closed to passengers on 14 February 1966.[3] as part of the Beeching Axe, although it was open to freight until 1970. The Italianate station building designed by Francis Thompson[4] was listed Grade II* in 1970[5] and is a private dwelling. The signal box was listed Grade II in 1991.[6]

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Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Mostyn
Line open; station closed
  London and North Western Railway
North Wales Coast Line
  Bagillt
Line open; station closed
Terminus   London and North Western Railway
Holywell Branch Line
  St Winefride's Halt
Line and station closed