Langwith railway station

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Place Langwith, Derbyshire
Area Bolsover
Grid reference SK 526 698
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
British Railways
Platforms 2
1 June 1875 Opened
12 October 1964 Closed[1]
1978 Demolished
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Langwith is a former railway station in the Langwith Maltings area of Langwith in north eastern Derbyshire, England.

See also[edit]

This station is not to be confused with Langwith-Whaley Thorns which is about half a mile to the north on the same line.

Nor is it to be confused with Shirebrook North which was a good mile away in Langwith Junction on a different line altogether. The site in "External Links", below, contains wonderful photos of Langwith, but nevertheless confuses matters by using the heading "Langwith Junction."

The best way to get a handle on the Langwiths is to realise that Langwith is not a place, but an area which includes several settlements, notably Langwith Bassett, Upper Langwith, Nether Langwith, Langwith Maltings and Langwith Junction. The first three are long-established and predominantly rural. Langwith Junction is a product of the railway age which adapted the local naming convention, Langwith Maltings is not a formally defined community, but sees itself as a distinct entity. Whaley Thorns was a product of the coal age, but only locals know where Nether Langwith ends and Whaley Thorns begins.


The station was built by the Midland Railway on its Nottingham Midland to Worksop line. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[2] The line and station were closed to passengers in 1964. The line was reopened in 1998 as the Robin Hood Line but the station was not reopened, the community being better served by a wholly new structure half a mile to the North, called Langwith-Whaley Thorns. In Henry Priestley's wonderfully evocative 1962 photograph of Langwith station[3] the colliery winding gear visible in the distance marks the approximate site of Langwith-Whaley Thorns station.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Shirebrook West
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Nottingham to Worksop Line
  Elmton and Creswell
Line and station open


The station was opened with some bunting, flags and ceremony on 1 June 1875. It initially provided a service of six trains each way, three between Mansfield and Worksop and three between Mansfield and Sheffield Victoria.[4]

The line was and remains double track. The station had two opposite platforms and a stone station building[5][6] very similar to those at Shirebrook West,[7][8][9] Elmton & Creswell[10][11][12] and Whitwell. The original Whitwell station has been dismantled and meticulously rebuilt at the Midland Railway Centre, the new Robin Hood line Whitwell station is a new building on the original site.

The last day of service was 10 October 1964, closure having been delayed for a week to serve the annual Nottingham Goose Fair. The station was demolished in 1978.[13]


  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 138.
  2. ^ "Notes by the Way.". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Garratt & Priestley 1996, p. 11.
  4. ^ Hurst 1987, p. 44.
  5. ^ Lund 1999, p. 32.
  6. ^ Kaye 1988, p. 54.
  7. ^ Goode 1983, p. 15.
  8. ^ Lund 1997, p. 29.
  9. ^ Anderson & Cupit 2000, p. 73.
  10. ^ Hurst 1987, pp. 52-56.
  11. ^ Garratt & Priestley 1996, p. 45.
  12. ^ Lund 1995, p. 37.
  13. ^ Langwith Station demolition in flickr
  • Anderson, Paul; Cupit, Jack (2000). An Illustrated History of Mansfield's Railways. Clophill: Irwell Press. ISBN 1-903266-15-7. 
  • 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. 
  • Garratt, Colin; Priestley, Henry (1996). Great Railway Photographers - Henry Priestley. Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire: Milepost 92.5. ISBN 1 900193 50 7. 
  • Hurst, Geoffrey (1987). The Midland Railway Around Nottinghamshire, Volume 1. Worksop: Milepost Publications. ISBN 0-947796-05-3. 
  • Kaye, A.R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 0 946930 09 0. 
  • Lund, Brian (1997) [1995]. Derbyshire Railway Stations on old picture postcards. Keyworth, Nottingham: Reflections of a Bygone Age. ISBN 0 946245 86 X. 
  • Lund, Brian (1999) [1991]. Nottinghamshire Railway Stations on old picture postcards. Keyworth, Nottingham: Reflections of a Bygone Age. ISBN 0 946245 36 3. 

Other Reading[edit]

  • Howard Anderson, P. (1973). Forgotten Railways: The East Midlands. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. ISBN 0 7153 6094 9. 
  • Midland Railway System Maps (The Distance Diagrams), volume 2 - Leeds to Leicester and branches; Derby to Manchester and branches; Cheshire Lines (1909-1923 ed.). Teignmouth: Peter Kay. 1998. ISBN 1-899890-17-3. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°13′23.89″N 1°12′43.87″W / 53.2233028°N 1.2121861°W / 53.2233028; -1.2121861