Station Name: HULL CANNON STREET

[Source: Mark Dyson]
Date opened: 27.7.1885
Location: On the north side of Cannon Street
Company on opening: Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company
Date closed to passengers: 14.7.1924
Date closed completely: 3.6.1968
Company on closing: Lodon North Eastern Railway
Present state: In May 2005 Cannon Street station site is being redeveloped as a 'Motor Vehicle Fabrication and Welding' training facility site for Hull College. One set of wrought iron gates with the 'H&BRY' legend is in use as a site entrance, the other set (shown in the photograph below) have now disappeared, as have the goods offices shown below.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: TA097297
Date of visit: 2002

Notes: This was the Hull terminus of the railway, originally the passenger terminus was to have been 1/4 mile south on Charlotte Street but due to financial problems the goods facilities were quickly adapted for passenger use. The station was closed in 1924 when services were diverted into Hull Paragon Station.

The site is now used for industrial storage. No other building survive other than those shown.
Sections of the embankment leading north from the station remain.

Brief history of the line: The Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company was formed with the backing of Hull Corporation to break the monopoly on dock and rail traffic from Hull; it included a deep water dock (Alexandra Dock) to the east of Hull. The railway never reached Barnsley itself, terminating at Cudworth (junction with the Midland Railway) some four miles short having been vigorously opposed by the NER.

It was one of the last new main lines to be built, construction cost double the estimates, due in part to difficulties in cutting and tunneling through unexpectedly hard chalk in the Yorkshire Wolds near Little Weighton.

Although it was constructed primarily for goods traffic to and from the new dock and the South Yorkshire coalfields, fine villa-style passenger stations were provided but though passenger traffic was sparse.

In 1905 the company name was shortened to the Hull and Barnsley Railway which was absorbed into the NER on 1.1.1923

The line was gradually run down from the early 1930's with all passenger services ceasing in 1955.
Today only the high level goods line around Hull and a short sections serving Drax power station remain in use.

Other web sites: For a more detailed history and maps see Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund web site. Route map drawn by Alan Young

To see the other stations on the Hull Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway click on the station name: Beverley Road, Springhead Halt,
Willerby & Kirk Ella, Little Weighton, South Cave, North Cave,
Wallingfen, Sandholme, South Howden &
Kirk Smeaton

The following stations on this line are not featured, if you have information on the present state of these stations and photographs we would like to hear from you. North Eastrington and all stations west to Cudworth

 

The goods office was still standing in 2002 but this has now been demolished
P
hoto by Mark Dyson



Hull Cannon Street Station                


the gates to the station site still bear the H&BRY legend.
P
hoto by Mark Dyson

1924

1924

1969

2005

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[Source: Mark Dyson]


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