Thornhill railway station

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Eastward from Thornhill Station in 1961
Place Thornhill
Area Kirklees
Coordinates 53°40′34″N1°38′00″W / 53.67598°N 1.63344°W / 53.67598; -1.63344 Coordinates: 53°40′34″N1°38′00″W / 53.67598°N 1.63344°W / 53.67598; -1.63344
Grid reference SE243200
Original company Manchester and Leeds Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
5 October 1840 Opened as Dewsbury
January 1851 Renamed Thornhill
1 January 1962 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railwaysportal

Thornhill (for Dewsbury) Railway station, as it was latterly known since the closure (1930) of its sister Market Place Passenger Station in the town centre; was located between Mirfield and Horbury and Ossett stations.

Mirfield railway station

Mirfield railway station serves the town of Mirfield in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Huddersfield Line managed by Northern but also now served by Grand Central and is 4 miles (6 km) north east from Huddersfield.

Horbury and Ossett railway station

Horbury and Ossett railway station formerly served the town of Horbury in West Yorkshire, England. It was located on the Manchester and Leeds Railway, which ran along the Calder valley establishing a key link between Liverpool and Manchester to the west, and Leeds, York and Hull to the east. The station was opened with the inauguration of the line in 1840, on the west of the Horbury Bridge Road, to the south-west of the town. Later a new, more substantial structure was built just to the east.



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December 1961
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December 1961
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Station Road entrance, December 1961

The station was the first to arrive in the town, being built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway and opened in 1840. [1] It was built on the main line and had the status of such, not least because of its substantial adjacent goods-handling facility, but within ten years of having been built, its importance was somewhat reduced by the arrival of town centre competition. Its lower volume of business naturally contributed to its lower status generally. It was often confused with other Dewsbury stations, or entirely disregarded. It closed just three years prior to Beeching's closure of Dewsbury central, on the last day of 1961.

The Manchester and Leeds Railway was a railway company in the United Kingdom which opened in 1839, connecting Manchester with Leeds via the North Midland Railway which it joined at Normanton.

Dewsbury town in West Yorkshire, Britain

Dewsbury is a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. It is to the west of Wakefield, east of Huddersfield and south of Leeds. It lies by the River Calder and an arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

Its impressive passenger station was located in what is better known today as Thornhill Lees, on the surviving main line. The original access is still there, albeit with a steel barrier bolted in place, on station road level, between the two bridges, on the east side of the road. [2]

Thornhill, West Yorkshire village in Dewsbury, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England

Thornhill is a village and former township in Dewsbury, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Thornhill was absorbed into Dewsbury County Borough in 1910. It is located on a hill on the south side of the River Calder, and has extensive views of Dewsbury, Ossett and Wakefield. It is known for its collection of Anglo-Saxon crosses.

There is on official record, a possible interest in re-opening this facility in the future. [3]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Mirfield   Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Huddersfield Line
  Horbury and Ossett

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  1. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN   978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC   60251199.
  2. Railway Memories No 11, HALIFAX and the CALDER VALLEY. Bellcode books. 1998. ISBN   1-871233-10-0.
  3. "Kirklees Scrutiny panel for regeneration" (PDF). 11 November 2008.