ornamental brickwork on the chimneys. Generous canopies were provided
to shelter waiting passengers. It is probable that many of
the Duke's important guests would have used this station and
he would have wanted to make a good impression. The Duke had special facilities built at the station to ease his passage on his many trips to and from London.
|Notes:The station was sanctioned by the Duke of Westminster, who
had his home nearby, as a replacement for an earlier Waverton
Station that had opened with the Crewe to Chester line in
1840 (41 chains to the east). The second Waverton Station
was a grand affair consisting of two platforms with stylish
brick built buildings on each. A notable feature was the
The station would have been served by local trains running
between Crewe and Chester and by long distance services running
on to Holyhead and London.
between Chester and Shrewsbury and the LNWR hoped that it would attract the majority of the coal traffic from South Wales which was destined for the Mersey Docks in Birkenhead. Some coal traffic did use the line, especially that originating from the Abergavenny - Merthyr line which was also under LNWR control .However most of the coal traffic bound for Birkenhead came from the North Wales coal fields around Wrexham which was GWR or GCR territory, this did not use the Whitchurch - Waverton line
||line that ran from a junction on the Crewe to Chester line, approximately two miles to the north of Tattenhall Village, to the market town of Whitchurch. The line was opened by the LNWR on 1st October 1872 and it was 14 miles in length and built to main line standards with double track throughout. It was intended to provide competition to the GWR route
Freight traffic was always more important that passenger traffic. When the line opened, there was a passenger service between Chester and Hereford but this didn't last long and was soon replaced by a purely local service running between Whitchurch and Chester or Rhyl.
Passenger train services were mostly of a local nature running between Chester and Whitchurch. Connections were possible to Liverpool and the area became popular with many businessmen who commuted by train. In 1922 there were seven daily trains in each direction, by 1950 this was reduced to five daily trains with an additional service on Wednesdays running through to Shrewsbury. There was never a Sunday service.
while an ever increasing amount of goods traffic switched over from cars to lorries. Passenger services were withdrawn from all the stations on the line on the 16th September 1957, although the line remained open for freight traffic which continued to use the line mainly as a corridor, latterly with oil trains from the Stanlow refinery on the joint Hooton – Helsby line accessing the West Midlands without the need to use the GWR route over Gresford Bank. The last freight was an oil train from Stanlow to Rowley Regis in January 1963 but local goods traffic continued until 4th November 1963 with both Broxton and Malpas remaining open. The track was lifted in c.1965.
|The area through which the line passed is quite rural and because of this passenger numbers were never very large and never reached expectations although it did help Tattenhall's popularity as a commuter centre for nearby Chester. The branch declined rapidly after WW2 with more and more commuters abandoning railways in favour of more convenient road transport
Following the closure of the branch Tennenhall Road reverted to its original name of Tattenhall.
Despite its grandeur the station was located in a rural area
of little population and although it survived closure of the branch to Whitchurch this was to be short lived and it too closed on 15.6.1959.
Goods traffic was retained until 1.3.1965 with a private siding
remaining in use after that date.
||The busy main line between Crewe and Chester had five stations
in all but none of them have survived, the last two closing
in 1966. The line is still very busy with local and long distance
services. The station building on the Crewe bound line has survived
in very good condition as the offices of Morrey
Transport a haulage company.
Additional source: London & North Western Railway Society Journal September 2004 and Backtrack magazine March 2007, thanks to Tony Robinson for sending his text from these journals. Further reading: Down the Line by RM Bevan - A nostalgic journey along the old branch railway from Waverton (Chester) to Whitchurch, CC Publishing. Tickets from Michael Stewart
To see other stations on the
Crewe - Chester line click on the station name: Worleston,
Castle & Tarporley & Waverton 1st
See also stations on the Whitchurch branch:
Tattenhall, Broxton, Malpas, Grindley Brook Halt & Whitchurch