June 2018

The history of Churwell Railway Station, Leeds

Author: White Rose Office Park

Major changes to Leeds’ landscape have occurred over the last century, and some, in particular, are much closer to home for White Rose Office Park than you might know.

Featured image: Churwell Station, Stella Mountain and her parents – c1926. Image source: Leodis

The former Churwell Railway Station originally opened on the 18th September in 1848 on the London & North Western Railway’s line from Leeds to Huddersfield. Situated on the Leeds side of the viaduct within Churwell, the station served both passengers and goods traffic, up until its closure on 2nd December 1940. No trace of the station now remains.

Churwell Railway Station – c1930. Image source: Leodis

The photograph above shows a postcard view of the station, taken in c1930, ten years prior to the station closing. The viaduct railings can be seen to the left of the photograph, with the chimney of Churwell Brickworks (which sat alongside Tanhouse Pit), visible to the left of the centre. This area is now home to Churwell New Village development since 2001 but was derelict for years before becoming a scrap yard in the 80’s.

Churwell Station, postcard view – date unknown. Image source: Leodis

We hope you enjoyed finding out about this little piece of history as much as we did! Take a look at some of the other images below to see how the landscape has changed.

Tanhouse Pit, striking miners – 1893. Image source: Leodis

Tanhouse Pit, ‘coil scratting’ – 1893. Image source: Leodis

Elland Road, boundary and road signs between Churwell, Morley and Leeds – c1962. Image source: Leodis 

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