Station Name: HECKMONDWIKE SPEN

 

[Source: Chris Armour]


Date opened: 1.10.1900
Location: On the north side of the A638 Market Street
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 5.10.1953
Date closed completely: 24.8.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: The station buildings have been demolished, but the platforms (overgrown and minus the edgings) were still extant in June 2004. In September 2006 the site was being cleared for a new housing development.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE217236
Date of visit: June 2004

Notes: In the railway boom at the end of the 19th Century, the London & North Western Railway opened a rival line through the Spen Valley, running parallel to the line already opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and duplicating their stations at Cleckheaton, Liversedge and Heckmondwike. The transport of textiles form the Yorkshire wool towns was important in the early days, but passenger traffic never reached expectations; the line did not connect Huddersfield with Bradford as did the L&Y route and it was a slower and less direct route from Leeds to Huddersfield when compared with the line through Morley & Dewsbury.


One of the 9 bridges
Passenger services ceased in 1953, but after closure a connection was made with the L&Y line (which closed to passengers in 1967) so that a short spur through Heckmondwike could continue to serve a chemical works. The line fell into disuse around 1992 and was finally lifted around 1995. When the line was built, it was proposed to tunnel under the town centre, with the station in a cutting in the middle. This plan was unacceptable to the council at the time and as a result, the line passed under nine bridges (all still in place) within the space of a mile around the station.

 



Commercial postcard from 1905




The overgrown platforms are still extant in June 2004
P
hoto by Chris Armour


Heckmondwike Spen station looking south in September 2006 during clearance of the site for hosuing.
P
hoto by Bevan Price

Click on thumbnail to enlarge


[Source: Chris Armour]

Home Page
Last updated: Sunday, 21-May-2017 10:07:26 BST
© 1998-2005 Disused Stations