The Architecture of Walkden Station

The station entrance in 2007.

The Entranceway

Overshadowed by the adjacent overhead bridges, cluttered by street furniture, and covered with a tangle of wires and pipes that have been crudely attached over the years, it's perhaps not easy to fully appreciate the architectural merit of the station entrance. In fact, the understated, utilitarian facade is a classic example of Victorian railway architecture.

Owing more to industrial traditions than public building, its polychromatic brick and stonework and modest parapet form a neat and functional facade with hints of inspiration from Arabic arches and decorative corbels.

The original 1880's materials are showing signs of age and prolonged exposure to traffic fumes. FOWS and JetClean have cleaned the lower areas but the whole facade is in dire need of a thorough professional clean.

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway were pioneers of the "island" platform design where a single platform is situated between a pair of railway tracks.

Walkden is unique on the Atherton line for having an island platform that is above rather than below street level, an unusual arrangement of interest to historians of railway and vernacular architecture.

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The station hallway in 2007.

The Booking Hall

The Victorian Booking Hall was originally lined with wood panels but these were covered over with metal sheeting (or perhaps removed) during the 1970's or 80's.

A low bench ran along the wall opposite the Booking Office window (now covered over by the steel casing on which the poster cases are mounted). Again it is unclear whether the bench has been removed or simply covered over.

There was a Waiting Room just past the Booking Office.

All of these features have been removed or panelled over, but the impressive wooden hammerbeam roof remains, giving an idea of the Booking Hall's former grandeur.

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The station canopy after repainting in summer 2008.

The Platform Canopy

The station's 120-year-old Lancashire and Yorkshire platform canopy survives to this day.

In summer 2008 it was repainted in a smart blue and white colour scheme and the pillars - which are hollow and serve as gutter downpipes - were unblocked.

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The Canopy Pillars

The station canopy after repainting in summer 2008.
The station canopy after repainting in summer 2008.

These photos show the detail of the platform canopy's new colour scheme with the L&Y "wheel" device picked out in white, and blue star-shaped bosses on the rafters.

Similar ironwork can be seen at various stations along the L&Y route through Hebden Bridge and Halifax.

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