Shipley and Windhill railway station
|Shipley and Windhill|
Site of former GNR Shipley and Windhill Station
|Area||City of Bradford|
|Original company||Idle and Shipley Railway.|
|4 May 1874||Opened (goods)|
|18 January 1875||Opened (passenger)|
|2 February 1931||Closed (passenger)|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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During the 1860s, two small railway companies were formed to promote suburban railways in Bradford, the Bradford, Eccleshill and Idle Railway and the Idle and Shipley Railway. Their schemes and the companies themselves were taken up by the Great Northern Railway, which built a line looping through the villages to the north-east of Bradford: from Laisterdyke, through Eccleshill, Idle and Thackley to Shipley.
The line was open to goods traffic on 4 May 1874 and to passengers on 18 January 1875.
The terminus of the new line was called Shipley and Windhill Station (According to Dewick, it was first Shipley (Great Northern) and then Shipley Bridge Street) or possibly Shipley East. The station was on the north side of Leeds Road, west of the Bradford Canal, and less than 330 yards (300 m) from the existing Shipley Station on the Midland Railway. It was built to the same distinctive pattern as other stations on the line, with a short mitre-roofed tower in the centre.
Passenger service on the line ceased on 2 February 1931, and the passenger station closed, but goods traffic continued on the whole line until October 1964 and as far as Idle until 1968.
The railway line is featured in Simon Ormondroyd's Windhill Tales, based on life in the area in 1964.
The station building survives: in 2005 it is occupied by several local businesses. However, proposals put forward in 2016 are for the building to be demolished to make way for apartments. The site has not been given any heritage designation.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Shipley and Windhill Line
- Whitaker, Alan & Brian Myland 1993 Railway Memories No. 4: Bradford Bellcode books. ISBN 1-871233-03-8
- Bairstow, Martin (1999). The Great Northern Railway in the East Riding. Martin Bairstow. ISBN 1-871944-19-8.
- Dewick, Tony (2002). Compete Atlas of Railway Station Names. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2798-6.
- Ormondroyd, Simon. Windhill Tales. Wait and See (10 Bantree Court Thackley BD10 0SG; firstname.lastname@example.org). ISBN 0-9533293-0-5.
- Young, Chris (8 August 2016). "Former railway station site earmarked for apartments". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 18 September 2016.