Station Name: PARTINGTON (1st Site)

[Source: Paul Wright]
Date opened: First appeared in timetable in May 1874. Conditional sanction to open the station was given on 24.3.1874
Location: East side of Manchester Road (A6144). Site now inside the Carrington Industrial complex.
Company on opening: Cheshire Lines Committee
Date closed to passengers: 29.5.1893
Date closed completely: 29.5.1893
Company on closing: Cheshire Lines Committee
Present state: Demolished
County: Cheshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ725917
Date of visit: 20.2.2006

Notes: Partington (1st) station was situated on the Cheshire Lines Railways (CLC) Glazebrook to Stockport Tiviot Dale Line. The section of line on which the station stood had opened from Cressington Junction to Skelton Junction on 1.3.1873 for goods services with passenger workings commencing on 1.8.1873. The line gave the CLC their own route to Liverpool. Previously they had had to operate over LNWR metals between Skelton Junction and Garston.
Partington was served by local trains running between Stockport Tiviot Dale and Liverpool Central with some short workings going only as far as Warrington Central. Express services to London St. Pancreas and other destinations along with a steady stream of goods workings passed through the station.

In the 1890's the building of the Manchester Ship Canal necessitated the diversion and raising up of a number of railway lines including the Glazebrook to Stockport Tiviot Dale line. The line had to be built up to a height that would allow sea going vessels to pass underneath and so a deviation was constructed just to the south of the original line which included a large single span girder bridge to the north west of Partington (1st) station. For a few weeks in 1893 both lines were in use but eventually the original course of the line was split into two by the excavation of the Manchester Ship Canal. Partington (1st) station closed to passengers on the 29.5.1893 and a replacement opened on the deviated line on the same day.

The course of the original route through Partington (1st) station remained in use for many years as an access line to the Manchester Ship Canal Companies own sidings.

Today the site of the station is inaccessible as it is occupied by an industrial complex.

Route map drawn by Alan Young.

For pictures of the course of the Chorlton - Bredbury Railway in 2003 see the Closed South Manchester Railways web site

To see the other stations on the Woodley - Glazebrook line click on the station name: Stockport Portwood, Stockport Tiviot Dale, Cheadle (Cheshire), Northenden, Baguley, West Timperley, Partington (2nd), Cadishead (1st) & Cadishead (2nd)


The original alignment was still in place in 1913. The 1st Partington station was immediately north of the later site. A short access road serving the station can be seen. New sidings were added on both sides of the Manchester Ship Canal to serve coal wharves on the canal.


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