Saddleworth railway station

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Saddleworth
Location
Place Uppermill
Area Oldham
Coordinates 53°33′16″N 2°00′26″W / 53.5544°N 2.0073°W / 53.5544; -2.0073Coordinates: 53°33′16″N 2°00′26″W / 53.5544°N 2.0073°W / 53.5544; -2.0073
Grid reference SD996064
Operations
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 August 1849 (1849-08-01) Station opened
7 October 1968 (1968-10-07) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Saddleworth railway station, on the Huddersfield Line to the north of Uppermill, opened in August 1849 and closed to passengers in October 1968 as a consequence of a report by Richard Beeching on the restructuring of railway networks. The former station building can still be seen, having been sold after closure and converted into a private residence. It was the home of television director Ken Stephinson between 1978 and 2012.

History[edit]

Saddleworth railway station opened on 1 August 1849.[1] It was one of several railway stations within the parish of Saddleworth, and Joseph Bradbury recounts in his nineteenth-century work Saddleworth Sketches the confusion this caused to those who were unaware that the station, despite its name, did not serve the whole of Saddleworth. In his account, passengers would book journeys to Saddleworth station, and realise on arrival that they were several miles from their anticipated destination. Likewise, goods would be sent mistakenly to Saddleworth station, when this was in fact inconvenient for many recipients. Bradbury concluded that, despite the clarity a name change would provide, "it may fairly be doubted if anything short of Her Majesty's warrant could change it from Saddleworth to Brownhill station".[2]

The station closed on 7 October 1968[1] (the last trains having called on 5 October 1968), following Richard Beeching's 1963 report on the restructuring of railway networks. The report had recommended that all branch stations on the Huddersfield Line should be closed, but after negotiations, the stations at Mossley, Greenfield and Marsden remained open. Diggle railway station, also on the Huddersfield Line, closed on the same day as Saddleworth station.[3]

After closure, the station buildings were converted to a private residence - the waiting room and ticket office became the living room, and the goods yard became a garden. In 1978, television director Ken Stephinson moved into the property with his wife Marjorie, and remained there until his death in 2012. A conservatory was added during their period of residence and the adjacent stationmaster's cottage was converted into a one-bedroom flat.[4]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Moorgate
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Huddersfield Line
  Diggle
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 202. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Bradbury, Joseph (1871). Saddleworth sketches. Hirst. p. 209. 
  3. ^ "Anniversary Of When Local Stations Closed". Saddleworth News. 5 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Denyer, Lucy (26 August 2007). "Right on track - Rural property". The Sunday Times. 

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