The Railway arrives

Above: Top of Oaks Lane; modern day view looking down railway lines towards Bromley Cross. Buildings on the right (now residential) were once the Station buildings.
Above: Early 1900s view. Image, courtesy Bolton Museum and Library Services.

Henry Ashworth of Oaks Hall owned the land needed to build the railway. A shareholder and Deputy Chairman of the railway (BBC&WYR), he requested £6492.00 compensation for the nine acres of land required, and was awarded £4100. Subsequently he sold his shares and resigned, causing some nervousness amongst other proprietors.

The Oaks Railway Station was built around 1849/1850 by the Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway (BBC&WYR). The station was a request stop until 1852. It later amalgamated into Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and 1858 became the East Lancashire Railway. In1859 ownership transferred to Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The station closed 1950.

The modern station at Hall i’th’Wood was built 1986.

Above: Railway bridge over Crompton Way 1934. Hall i’th’Wood train station now stands here.
Image, courtesy Bolton Museum and Library Services.
Above: 1931 map showing “cattle creep.”Image, courtesy Bolton Museum and Library Services

Underpass Valpy Avenue and Pimlott Road Withing correspondence papers 1931, between Bolton’s Housing Director and Whithall, London. We found a lettter and map, relating to access under the railway.

The letter refers to the underpass between Pimlott Road and Valpy Avenue.

You can see from the map, access was required between Tonge Head Farm and the reservoir, either side of the railway, before the estate was built. They call this underpass “cattle creep”.

Maybe we should rename the current underpass?