Cocker Bar railway station

Cocker Bar
Place Ulnes Walton
Area Chorley
Coordinates 53°41′25″N 2°45′23″W / 53.6902°N 2.7564°W / 53.6902; -2.7564Coordinates: 53°41′25″N 2°45′23″W / 53.6902°N 2.7564°W / 53.6902; -2.7564
Grid reference SD501218
Original company East Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
c 1849 Opened
October 1859 Closed on the opening of Midge Hall
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Cocker Bar railway station was located in what is still open country where Cocker Bar Road (B5248) crosses what is now the Ormskirk Branch Line.The station is shown on a 1847 OS Map,[1] although the line did not open for a further two years.

The station was closed when Midge Hall station opened 47 chains (0.95 km) further north[2] in 1859, shortly after the line was taken over by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.


The railway line between Preston and Walton was proposed by the Liverpool, Ormskirk and Preston Railway (LO&PJ) and authorised in 1846; later that year the LO&PJ was amalgamated with the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), which opened the line in 1849.[3]

In August 1859 the ELR was amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR),[4] and in October that year, the station at Midge Hall was opened.[5] It was 23 14 miles (37.4 km) from Liverpool (Tithebarn Street), and replaced Cocker Bar. Sources differ slightly on distances. Marshall gives Midge Hall as 23 miles (37.0 km) from Liverpool and Cocker Bar quarter of a mile less.[6] The Engineers' Line Reference data for line FCO separates the sites by 47 chains. Looking at the maps it would appear that Marshall's figure is rounded.

Reopening proposals

There have been talks amongst the local community for the possible reopening of Midge Hall station, which was closed in 1961. Cocker Bar's site is green field, on a locally well connected B road and near Wymott and Garth prisons.


  1. The station on an old OS Map via Old OS Maps
  2. The line and mileages via railwaycodes
  3. Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 136, 138. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
  4. Marshall 1969, p. 123
  5. Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 159. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  6. Marshall 1969, p. 138

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Ormskirk Branch Line
Line and station open
Lostock Hall
Line closed, station open
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