Notes: Opened as Bury Lane this station was one of the original
passenger stations of George Stephenson's 1830 Liverpool
and Manchester Railway the world's first railway to cater
for passengers as one of its primary functions. It was also
arguably the worlds first inter city railway. When the line
first opened on the 15th September 1830 no details exist of
the initial intermediate stops and Walkers accurate description
of the line at the time of opening says that fares for intermediate
stops had not been settled implying that initially there might
not have been any stops.
The earliest known company timetable is 1st March 1831, this
did not show times at intermediate stops but did list stops
in fare tables. The company minutes of 26th September 1832 did
give a full list but no further list was given until January
There were many early changes of stopping place and name so
the early history of intermediate stops is patchy. At first
trains stops at, for example, level crossings where the gatekeeper
issued tickets; perhaps a room in his cottage was available
as a shelter. Many of the stations consisted of little more
than a basic cottage. In 1841 platforms and nameboards were
added to stations lacking them.
Certainly by the end of the 19th Century Bury Lane had been
developed into a two platform station with staggered platforms
and fairly simple LNWR style wooden booking and waiting facilities.
It was renamed as Glazebury and Bury Lane in July 1878.
From the beginning the station would have been served by local
trains running between the two cities or on shorted journeys.
A steady stream of express and goods services would have passed
The 1830 Liverpool to Manchester line is still a busy railway
but over the years many of its intermediate stations, including
Glazebury and Bury Lane have closed to passengers. Glazebury
and Bury Lane was closed on the 7.7.1958.
for a detailed history of the Edge Hill cutting and tunnels,
including pictures inside the 1829 Crown Street Tunnel
Further reading: Liverpool & Manchester Railway Operations
1831 - 1845 by Thomas J Donaghy
David & Charles 1972 ISBN 0 71535705 0
To see the other
closed stations on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway click
on the station name: Liverpool
Crown Street, Huyton
Quarry, Lea Green,
Parkside 1st, Parkside
Junction, Flow Moss,
Moss 1st, Barton
Moss 2nd, Weaste,