Thursday, 31 March 2016

Stepping into the past : Hadlow Road Station

Visiting Willaston's Hadlow Road station is like stepping back in time, a quaint little piece of history that you'd easily pass on by if you weren't aware of it's existence. A little piece of the Wirral that's frozen in time, Hadlow Road station is a must see if you find yourself north of Chester.

A grade II listed building Hadlow Road station has been lovingly restored to it's original appearance in the 1950's, now an open visitor centre at the start of the Wirral Way country park, a walk which takes place along what was once one of the Wirral's key railway lines.

Opened in 1866 as part of a joint project by two railway companies, the Great Western Railway and London North Western Railway, branching together Wirral villages and towns from Parkgate to Neston. Hadlow Road station remained open until 1956 when it became a goods line, the station finally closed in 1962 to be later reopened in the 1970's as part of the Wirral Way country walk.

The station has thankfully been restored to it's original state and now serves as visitor centre. It's certainly a quaint little place, adorned with vintage advertisements on the outside and it's original level crossing alongside a small section of the train tracks. With it's darling signal box standing out at the end of the original platform, a feature which is sadly closed to public access, although you can take a peek through the windows to see inside.

Inside you'll find a small museum feature with the original ticket office and ticket boxes inside the waiting room, it's a little peek into history. It's wonderful to see an original station still standing and open for public access with many stations across the country long since destroyed.

Certainly a must visit place in the Wirral, just a short drive from Chester city centre and only a quick hop from Hooton train station. A wonderful place to take a summer picnic or take a short walk to the village centre to find a selection of pubs and shops.

Hadlow Road station is located along Hadlow Road (B5151), Willaston. The station entrance can be spotted between Adfalent Lane & Wallcroft. Find out more about Hadlow Road Station athttp://nestontowncouncil.org.uk/community/things-to-see-and-do/hadlow-road-station/

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