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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Station House


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"S" is for "Station House" and today we see the former station building of Micklehurst railway station in Mossley, around four miles from the centre of Ashton.

The nearest railway line is half a mile away, on the other side of the valley, but there is a clue to the past in the name of the road - Station Road. This was the site of Micklehurst Station, one of four stations on the "Micklehurst Loop line", which ran more or less parallel to the earlier railway between Stalybridge and Diggle. The extra lines were needed to cope with the increasing volume of rail traffic.

The line opened in 1885. The station closed in 1907 but the line continued to be used for goods traffic until it was shut in 1966 (apart from the section between Stalybridge and Hartshead Power Station at Millbrook).

Today the former track behind the building has become a footpath, cycleway and bridleway running through Greenfield to Uppermill.

See Birds Eye View of this location.

See Google Street View of this location.

"Station House" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "S" posts from around the world please follow this link.

7 comments:

  1. Great photo of a lovely old building! I enjoyed reading the history! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  2. I'm glad it's finding a SECOND (or third...) use.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. Good chronicling of the station history. I love the old buildings. They have so much character.

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  4. I love it when I learn something new!

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  5. In case anyone is interested I recently walked the old Micklehurst Loop. You can see my blog entry at http://worthingwanderer.blogspot.com/2010/03/micklehurst-loop-satlybridge-diggle.html

    Great to see the old station building from the street front!

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  6. At first, I thought that this was a vintage house or something. I never thought that it was a station house. It looks so awesome! Are there homes that actuallty look like this? I want to purchase one for myself.

    When I visited my grandmother's house, I saw a train station that was different from the other stations I've been to. The design was like those in the 18th century. There were cool spiral staircases instead of escalators for boarding passengers.

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  7. @ Candie Rossler: Yes, most of the stations along this "Loop Line" are still extant and only Millbrook & Staley has been destroyed.
    The others are all private residences and are either identical to, or mirror images of this one, architecturally. Micklehurst Station, here, was also a shop/store for a long while. The other stations are Greenfield (in Uppermill, almost in the village/town-centre) and Friezland (a bit more 'out in the countryside'). The company which built them (London & North-Western Railway Co.) used different sets of design-drawings for different lines and there is another beautiful example of one of their designs, nearby, on the route of the former railway between Oldham and Uppermill - "Grotton & Springhead" Station. This is also now a private residence. It's truly idyllic.

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