New Holland Pier railway station

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New Holland Pier
The station on New Holland Pier in March 1981. The ferry service was due to cease operating on 24 June 1981 when the Humber Bridge opened.
Place New Holland
Area Lincolnshire
Coordinates 53°42′31″N 0°21′58″W / 53.7086°N 0.3662°W / 53.7086; -0.3662Coordinates: 53°42′31″N 0°21′58″W / 53.7086°N 0.3662°W / 53.7086; -0.3662
Grid reference TA079347
Original company Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping LNER
Platforms 2
1 March 1848 opened
24 June 1981


New Holland Pier station, May 1976, with coal supplies for the Humber ferry in the foreground
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

New Holland Pier juts 1,375 feet (419 m) northwards into the River Humber at the village of New Holland in North Lincolnshire, England.[1] New Holland Pier railway station stood at the seaward end of the pier.[2] Its purpose was to enable railway passengers and goods to transfer to and from ferries plying between New Holland and Hull.[3]

New Holland was a "railway village" in the sense that Crewe was a railway town. Expanding the dock, building the pier, the engine shed and the railway to it were promoted and started by the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway, though by the time services began that railway had merged with others to form the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. For many years GCR laundry from restaurant cars and hotels was brought to New Holland for cleaning.[4]


The station opened on 1 March 1848 following a Directors' tour of the ferry and route as far as Louth the day before.[5][6]

Services in the early days were a mix of local and long distance.[7] The line was seen as the gateway to Hull, with transshipment of people and goods being a mere inconvenience.[8] Before long lines reached Hull via Doncaster, so passengers and railways alike realised that longer could be quicker and more convenient. After this the pier and railway eventually settled down to providing local services across the Humber.[9]

These were:

Ferry from Hull to New Holland Pier then train:

and, from 1911

The Immingham service ceased in 1963, but the other two survived until 1981.

A severe storm on 18-19 October 1869 damaged the pontoon at the end of the pier so badly that it sank.[11]

On Sunday 13 January 1895 the pier and station at New Holland were destroyed by fire.[12] It was later rebuilt.

From 1923 the pier and station were closed for reconstruction, reopening on 19 March 1928.[13][14] The station had two platforms with a siding between, which often contained one or two coal wagons from which a small 'train' of tubs was loaded and taken down the access ramps to ferry steamers.[15] Originally the station had an overall roof but this was later removed.[4] The station buildings were made of wood and included a signal box and refreshment rooms on the more substantial eastern side.[16][17]

Average daily traffic along the pier in its peak years was 30000 passengers, 250 vehicles, 1200 cattle and sheep and 300 tons of luggage.[14][discuss] Until the end of the Second World War publicity, tickets and timetables rarely differentiated between the Town and Pier stations, with the July 1922 Bradshaw, for example, giving a single entry for "New Holland."[18]

The station was closed and the ferry withdrawn on 24 June 1981 when the Humber Bridge opened.[19] New Holland pier was taken over by New Holland Bulk Services who started a grain and feed import and export business in 1984.[20]

When the station and its neighbour New Holland Town were closed they were replaced by a wholly new New Holland station south of the latter, which formed an integral part of the Barton Line which was still running in 2015.


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
New Holland Town
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway
Historical railways
Terminus   Sealink
  Hull Corporation Pier
Ferry and station closed


  1. ^ Dow 1959, p. 170.
  2. ^ Smith & Turner 2012, Map 22.
  3. ^ Burgess 2007, pp. 34-5.
  4. ^ a b King & Hewins 1989, p. 10.
  5. ^ Dow 1959, p. 119.
  6. ^ Quayle 1981, p. 473.
  7. ^ Dow 1959, p. 126.
  8. ^ Anderson 1992, p. 81.
  9. ^ Bates & Bairstow 2005, p. 35.
  10. ^ Ludlam 1996, p. 46.
  11. ^ Dow 1962, p. 161.
  12. ^ "Great Fire at New Holland". Hull Daily Mail (England). 14 January 1895. Retrieved 11 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ Ludlam 1996, p. 32.
  14. ^ a b King & Hewins 1989, p. 8.
  15. ^ Bates & Bairstow 2005, p. 34.
  16. ^ Ludlam 1996, p. 29.
  17. ^ Lambert 1978, p. 107.
  18. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 720.
  19. ^ "The Humber paddle steamers in 1970's". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  20. ^ "New Holland (Old Ferry Terminal)". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 


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