Bakewell railway station

Bakewell railway station was a railway station built to serve the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, England, by the Midland Railway on its extension of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway line from Rowsley to Buxton.

Bakewell Station.jpg
The station in 1905
AreaDerbyshire Dales
Coordinates53°13′04″N 1°40′08″W / 53.2177°N 1.6689°W / 53.2177; -1.6689Coordinates: 53°13′04″N 1°40′08″W / 53.2177°N 1.6689°W / 53.2177; -1.6689
Original companyMidland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
1 August 1862Station opened
6 March 1967Station closed[1]
Listed status
Listed featureFormer Bakewell Railway Station
Listing gradeGrade II
Entry number1316505[2]
Added to list28 January 1994
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
View northward in 1961
Diesel-hauled down express in 1961
Monsal Trail
to Buxton
Midland Railway
to Peak Forest
Topley Pike junction
Chee Tor Nº1 tunnel
Millers Dale
Millers Dale viaducts
Litton Tunnel (
516 yd
472 m
Cressbrook Tunnel (
471 yd
431 m
Monsal Dale
Headstone Viaduct
Headstone Tunnel (
533 yd
487 m
Great Longstone
Coombs Road viaduct
(end of trail)
Haddon Tunnel (
1058 yd
967 m
(proposed extension)
Rowsley South
Darley Dale
Matlock Riverside



The station was opened by the Midland Railway on 1 August 1862.[1] Being the nearest station to Haddon Hall, it was built in a grand style as the local station for the Duke of Rutland over whose land the line had passed. Designed by Edward Walters of Manchester, the buildings were of fine ashlar with intricate carvings which incorporated the Duke's coat of arms.

Since the line was climbing steeply towards its summit at Peak Forest, the station was located uphill about half a mile from the town, which became a disadvantage when road transport developed.

The most busy time was during the Bakewell Show but the station was also popular with campers and tourists. In later years it featured a camping coach in the siding.[5]

In the Grouping of all lines (into four main companies) in 1923 the station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

During the nationalisation of Britain's railways in 1948 the station was passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways, and despite escaping the Beeching Axe the station was closed when passenger services ceased on 6 March 1967.[1] Trains continued to pass through the station until 1968 when the line was closed.

After closureEdit

The station buildings still survive and are Grade II listed.[2] They are perched half a mile east of the centre of Bakewell, high upon the hillside due to the alignment that the railway was forced to take.

In time the station was replaced with Bakewell Industrial Estate; the station building is still in use as a warehouse along with the platforms (but the gap between platforms have been filled in to facilitate the Monsal Trail).

Ridged canopies existed over the platforms, and a goods shed and cattle dock, but all have since been removed.


  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 23
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Former Bakewell Railway Station  (Grade II) (1316505)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Monsal Trail Derbyshire Peak District Litton Cressbrook Mill Cycling Bike Track Disused Railway". Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Monsal Trail structures". Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  5. ^ Kingscott, Geoffrey (2007). Lost Railways of Derbyshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 9781846740428.


  • 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.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Station on navigable O.S. map
  • Truman, P.; Hunt, D. (1989). Midland Railway Portrait. Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing. ISBN 0906579724.
  • Radford, B. (1988). Midland Through the Peak: A Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Routes Between Derby and Manchester. Unicorn Books. ISBN 1852410019.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway
Line and station closed
   Proposed Heritage railways
Rowsley   Peak Rail   Terminus