Barrow Hill railway station
|Area||Borough of Chesterfield|
|Original company||North Midland Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
London Midland Region of British Railways
|6 April 1841||Opened as Staveley|
|1 November 1888||Replaced by new station|
|1 June 1900||Renamed Barrow Hill and Staveley Works|
|18 June 1951||Renamed Barrow Hill|
|5 July 1954||Closed for regular passenger services|
|after 1981||closed completely|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain|
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.. Used for special services until at least 1981
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.
North Midland Railway
In 1922 passenger services calling at Barrow Hill were at their most intensive, with trains serving four destinations via five overlapping routes:
- On Sundays only
- On Mondays to Saturdays three stopping services plied between Sheffield (MR) and Chesterfield
- most ran direct down the "New Road" through Dronfield and went nowhere near Barrow Hill.
- the other two services went the "long way round" via the "Old Road". They set off north eastwards from Sheffield (MR) towards Rotherham then swung east to go south along the Old Road
- one of these continued north past Holmes, a short distance before Masboro' then swung hard right, next stop Treeton, then all stations, including Barrow Hill, to Chesterfield,
- the other continued past Attercliffe Road then swung right onto the Sheffield District Railway passing through or calling at West Tinsley and Catcliffe before Treeton, after which they called at all stations to Chesterfield.
- Also on Mondays to Saturdays two stopping services plied between Mansfield (MR) and Chesterfield via Barrow Hill
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Line open, station closed
|Eckington and Renishaw|
Line open, station closed
Line and station closed
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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. 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.
Four other stations have at some time included "Staveley" in their names:
- Staveley Central on the Great Central Main Line about two miles east of Barrow Hill
- Staveley Town on the Midland Railway Clowne Branch about 250 yds east of Staveley Central
- Staveley Works on the "Chesterfield Loop" off the Great Central Main Line about half a mile south of Barrow Hill, and
- Staveley on the Windermere Branch Line in Cumbria
- Butt 1995, p. 219.
- Allen 1973.
- White's Gazetteer of Derbyshire 1857: via openlibrary
- Hurst 1987, p. 73.
- Kaye 1988, p. 26.
- Pixton 2001, p. 16.
- Hogarth 1972, pp. 16-17.
- Private and Untimetable Railway Stations by G.Croughton page 44
- "Old Road passenger traffic in 2013: via psul4all". Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Bradshaw 1985, p. 660.
- "Markham Vale: via sheffieldenterprisezone". Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Mastin Moor opencasting: via coalfieldresources" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Allen, R (1973) . 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.
- "The station on old OS maps with overlays". National Library of Scotland.
- "The station and line on OS maps with overlays". Rail Maps Online.
- "Barrow Hill, Staveley Works, Staveley Central and Staveley Town on old OS map". npemaps.
- "The station on line CHR". Railway Codes.