Macclesfield railway station (Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway)

Macclesfield railway station was a short lived railway station serving the town of Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. It was opened in 1869 by the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway (MB&M) - a joint line constructed and operated by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&L) and North Staffordshire Railways (NSR) - and closed in 1873.

LocationMacclesfield, Cheshire East
Coordinates53°15′51″N 2°07′23″W / 53.2641°N 2.1230°W / 53.2641; -2.1230Coordinates: 53°15′51″N 2°07′23″W / 53.2641°N 2.1230°W / 53.2641; -2.1230
Grid referenceSJ918741
Other information
Original companyMacclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway
Pre-groupingMacclesfield Committee of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and North Staffordshire Railways
Post-groupingGroup Committee No. 1 of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and London and North Eastern Railways
Key dates
2 August 1869 (1869-08-02)Opened[1]
1 July 1873 (1873-07-01)Closed[1]

The MB&M was built with the intention of connecting to the main London and North Western Railway (LNWR) / NSR line between Manchester and Stoke however there were numerous difficulties to be overcome; the route through town, the reluctance of the local authority to allow the railway to bridge over the River Bollin and the lack of co-operation from the LNWR to agree to a site for a station on the Manchester - Stoke line.[2] The board of the MB&M therefore decided to open a temporary station on land they already owned to allow services to commence. The station, known simply as Macclesfield, opened on 2 August 1869 and was the southern terminus of the line.[3] From there passengers made a short walk to the joint LNWR/NSR station at Macclesfield Hibel Road to catch services to and from the south.

Four years elapsed before a route for the line through the town was constructed and a new joint NSR/MS&L station at Macclesfield Central built. The new Central station opened on 1 July 1873 and the old station closed the same day.[4] Following closure the old station buildings were used as stables for the horses working in the MB&M goods yard until the buildings were demolished in 1947.[4] In 1919 they had seen temporary use, once again, as a passenger station when rebuilding work of the section of line to Central station was undertaken.[4]


  1. ^ a b Quick (2009), p. 263.
  2. ^ Jeuda (1983), p. 11.
  3. ^ Jeuda (1983), p. 12.
  4. ^ a b c Jeuda (1983), p. 16.
  • Jeuda, Basil (1983). The Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway: The Great Central and North Staffordshire Joint Railway. Eaton Press. ISBN 0904532-04-6.
  • Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway & Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Bollington   Great Central Railway & North Staffordshire Railway
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway