Pennington railway station

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Place Pennington
Area Wigan
Coordinates 53°28′58″N 2°32′05″W / 53.4829°N 2.5346°W / 53.4829; -2.5346Coordinates: 53°28′58″N 2°32′05″W / 53.4829°N 2.5346°W / 53.4829; -2.5346
Grid reference SJ646985
Original company Kenyon and Leigh Junction Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2[1][2]
11 June 1831 Station opened as Bradshaw Leach
1 February 1877 Renamed Pennington[3]
29 March 1954 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Pennington railway station served Pennington, Leigh, Greater Manchester, England on the Bolton and Leigh Railway. It was situated within the historic county of Lancashire.

The station opened as Bradshaw Leach on the Kenyon and Leigh Junction Railway in 1831 and was renamed Pennington in 1877. It closed in 1954. The line serving Leigh closed in 1969.[4]


Pennington Station was built when the Bolton and Leigh Railway, which reached the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Leigh in 1830, was extended to meet the Liverpool and Manchester Railway at Kenyon in 1831.[5] In 1864 the station became a junction when the Tyldesley Loopline from Tyldesley and Leigh and Bedford, built by the London and North Western Railway, joined the Kenyon and Leigh line just to the north of Bradshaw Leach Station.[6] The station was renamed Pennington Station in 1877. Another line via Plank Lane to Platt Bridge and Wigan NW opened in 1885 creating a three way junction.[4]

1911 Map showing the location of the station (lower centre right) and the three way junction to its north

Stations on the line became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, and were closed by the British Transport Commission six years later in 1954 when the line to Bolton Great Moor Street Station closed.[7] Passenger services on the Tyldesley Loopline did not stop at Pennington but all stations and the line closed following the Beeching Axe on 5 May 1969.[4][8]

The line of the trackbed of the Bolton and Leigh Railway was used as the route of the A579 Leigh bypass.[9]


On opening the line was single track and the station buildings, a booking office and waiting room, were on the east side. The line between Pennington and Kenyon Junction was doubled for the opening of the LNWR line from Tyldesley in 1864 and a second platform was constructed with a timber waiting shelter on the new line to the west.[4]



  1. ^ James 2004, p. 10.
  2. ^ Suggitt 2004, p. 72.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 42.
  4. ^ a b c d Pennington Station,, retrieved 2010-09-11 
  5. ^ Sweeney 2015, pp. 168–171.
  6. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 54.
  7. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 11.
  8. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 114.
  9. ^ Smith & Turner 2012, Map 45.


Further reading

External links

  • "The station on a 1948 OS map". npe maps. 
  • "The station on an 1845 series OS map". National Library of Scotland. 
  • "The station on an 1888 series OS map overlay". National Library of Scotland. 
  • "The station and line". railwaycodes. 
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Kenyon Junction   London and North Western Railway   Plank Lane
  Kenyon and Leigh Junction Railway   Westleigh
  London and North Western Railway   Leigh
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