Howe Bridge railway station

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Howe Bridge
Place Howe Bridge, Atherton
Area Wigan
Coordinates 53°31′06″N 2°30′19″W / 53.5182°N 2.5052°W / 53.5182; -2.5052Coordinates: 53°31′06″N 2°30′19″W / 53.5182°N 2.5052°W / 53.5182; -2.5052
Grid reference SD665025
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
1 September 1864 Station opened as "Chowbent"
1901 Renamed "Howe Bridge"
20 July 1959 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Howe Bridge railway station, originally Chowbent station, is a closed railway station in Atherton, Greater Manchester. It was situated within the historic county of Lancashire.


The station at Howe Bridge, in common with other stations on the Manchester to Wigan Line, was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 1 September 1864.[1] At a junction to the west of Tyldesley railway station, the line to Wigan North Western railway station headed north west via Chowbent, Hindley and Platt Bridge to Springs Branch near Wigan. The timber built Chowbent Station was situated on an embankment accessed by steps and was renamed Howe Bridge in 1901.[2] The station joined the London Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping in 1923. It passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station closed on 20 July 1959.[3]

Coal deposits were the chief motivation for building a railway in the area and the railway's supporters included many local colliery owners and industrialists.[4] A connection to Fletcher, Burrows and Company's Chanters Colliery was provided by the LNWR to the east of the station. Colliery locomotives would sometimes work through the station.[5]


  1. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 72
  2. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 99
  3. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 99
  4. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 71
  5. ^ Townley et al. 1995, p. 278


  • Sweeney, D. J. (1996), A Lancashire Triangle Part One, Triangle Publishing, ISBN 0-9529333-0-6 
  • Townley, C H A; Appleton, C A; Smith, F D; Peden, J A (1995), The Industrial Railways of Bolton, Bury and the Manchester Coalfield, Part 2, The Manchester Coalfield, Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing, ISBN 1-870754-32-8 

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Hindley Green   LNWR   Tyldesley