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Barrow Hill railway station is a former railway station in the village of Barrow Hill in northern Derbyshire, England.

Barrow Hill
Barrow Hill (for Staveley Works) Station - - 1766000.jpg
AreaBorough of Chesterfield
Coordinates53°16′23″N 1°22′41″W / 53.2730°N 1.3781°W / 53.2730; -1.3781Coordinates: 53°16′23″N 1°22′41″W / 53.2730°N 1.3781°W / 53.2730; -1.3781
Grid referenceSK 415 752
Original companyNorth Midland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
6 April 1841Opened as Staveley
1 November 1888Replaced by new station
1 June 1900Renamed Barrow Hill and Staveley Works
18 June 1951Renamed Barrow Hill
5 July 1954Closed for regular passenger services[1]
after 1981closed completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain


The station was originally opened as "Staveley" in 1841, a year after the opening of the North Midland Railway. It was designed to serve the village of Staveley and the substantial ironworks near the station.

Allen's guide of 1842 writes of Staveley upon the hill to the left ; Mr. Barrow's iron-works in the valley.[2]

The station on what became known as the "Old Road" between Chesterfield and Rotherham Masborough. It was in an area of rapid industrialisation. Iron working had been carried on for many centuries and Staveley works itself had been opened in 1702. The land originally had been owned by the Duke of Devonshire but the copyhold had been bought by Richard Barrow in 1840.

Whites Gazetteer, in 1857, records Staveley Works, 1 mile E. from Staveley, is an ancient iron smelting establishment; there are documents in existence proving it to have been a place of considerable importance centuries ago, but its early history will not bear any comparison with the vastness of operations in the present day. Here are the collieries and extensive ironworks of Richard Barrow, Esq., with blast furnaces, producing 200 tons of metal weekly. Castings and foundry work of all kinds are executed at this extensive establishment. Neat residences for the clerks and overlookers have been built in the vicinity, besides a great number of cottages.[3]

Local ore had been worked out by 1870, but the works continued to expand, bringing increasing work for the railway. The station was moved and rebuilt in 1888 in a new position when the Clowne Branch was opened.

There were three platforms, two on the main line and one for the branch,[4] with typical Midland buildings, some in brick others of timber.[5]

In 1870, a large locomotive shed was opened, known as Staveley (Barrow Hill) Depot, coded 18D by the LMS and renumbered 41E in 1958. It included a 24 "road" (track) roundhouse. It closed in 1991, but has been preserved and reopened in 1998 as Barrow Hill Roundhouse & Railway Centre.

In 1900 the station was renamed "Barrow Hill and Staveley Works". It was renamed again by British Railways in 1951, becoming plain "Barrow Hill".

The station closed to regular passenger traffic in 1954[6] but remained in place for many years. On 26 September 1971 it was used for a shuttle service from Chesterfield in connection with an open day at Barrow Hill engine shed.[7]. Used for special services until at least 1981[8]

Modern trafficEdit

At 22 June 2013 the line is part of the Midland Main Line. It is used predominantly for freight, with a handful of passenger trains going the "long way round" from Chesterfield to Sheffield via the Old Road and Darnall largely to retain staff route knowledge in case of diversions.[9]

Passenger servicesEdit

In 1922 passenger services calling at Barrow Hill were at their most intensive, with trains serving four destinations via five overlapping routes:

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
"Old Road"
  Eckington and Renishaw
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
"Clowne Branch"
  Staveley Town
Line and station closed

Possible futureEdit

The lines from Barrow Hill and Foxlow Junction to Hall Lane Junction and thence to Seymour Junction and on to the former Markham Colliery have been mothballed as they run to the new Markham Vale Enterprise Zone at M1 Junction 29A.[11] It is hoped that someone will invest in this infrastructure to create road-rail interchange facilities.

The trackbed of the Clowne Branch from Seymour Junction has been protected as it, too, might provide access to Markham Vale from a different direction.

Furthermore, the trackbed of the Oxcroft Branch off the Clowne Branch east of Seymour Junction has been protected as there remains the possibility of opencasting in the area. For example, in 2005 UK Coal (now Coalfield Resources), expressed an interest in extracting c530,000 tons near Mastin Moor.[12]

See alsoEdit

Four other stations have at some time included "Staveley" in their names:



  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 219.
  2. ^ Allen 1973.
  3. ^ White's Gazetteer of Derbyshire 1857: via openlibrary
  4. ^ Hurst 1987, p. 73.
  5. ^ Kaye 1988, p. 26.
  6. ^ Pixton 2001, p. 16.
  7. ^ Hogarth 1972, pp. 16-17.
  8. ^ Private and Untimetable Railway Stations by G.Croughton page 44
  9. ^ "Old Road passenger traffic in 2013: via psul4all". Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 660.
  11. ^ "Markham Vale: via sheffieldenterprisezone". Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Mastin Moor opencasting: via coalfieldresources" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)


  • Allen, R (1973) [1842]. The North Midland Railway Guide. Leeds: Turntable Enterprises.
  • Bradshaw, George (1985) [July 1922]. July 1922 Railway Guide. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-8708-5. OCLC 12500436.
  • 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.
  • Hogarth, Peter A. (January 1972). Slater, J.N. (ed.). "Open Day at Barrow Hill". The Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 118 (849).
  • Hurst, Geoffrey (1987). The Midland Railway Around Nottinghamshire, Volume 1. Worksop: Milepost Publications. ISBN 978-0-947796-05-1.
  • Kaye, A.R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 978-0-946930-09-8.
  • Pixton, Bob (2001). North Midland: Portrait of a Famous Route: Part 2 Chesterfield-Sheffield-Rotherham. Nottingham: Runpast Publishing, (now Book Law). ISBN 978-1-870754-51-4.

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