A Station at Chapeltown

During the course of my life I have been to most places in my home country but there are still pockets to visit. One of them got knocked off the list recently – areas of South Yorkshire, near Sheffield.

I am not, usually, a lover of the big towns and cities. But I had been to Sheffield once, many years ago and then by train. This time I avoided the great South Yorkshire steel town – but that’s not to blame Sheffield. The avoidance of big places just makes me happier.

Our niece lives in what might be called an outer suburb of Sheffield called Chapeltown. That’s a place of manageable size for me. You can see the hills and the place is surrounded by woods. It might not be called ‘pretty’ but it’s a place I could live with. It has a busy railway line running through – linking Sheffield with Barnsley and beyond. From niece’s house we could hear the trains rumbling by at frequent intervals. But this area has suffered (or benefited) from rivalry between different companies in the past. Chapeltown has another line – long closed. It would seem it was on another line which linked Sheffield with Barnsley – and beyond!

The station at Chapeltown was known as Chapeltown Central – a complete misnomer since it is on the northern edge of this settlement. It was also known as Chapeltown and Thorncliffe.

The station closed to passengers in 1953 and to all traffic in 1954.

Sixty years on the station survives and still looks like a railway station. This photo was taken on May 26th 2013.


The station, which opened in the 1850s, was rebuilt in the 1880s by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (who later committed the folly of building their London extension and then called themselves the Great Central Railway).

I don’t go much on the idea of ghosts, but local legend says the station is haunted by the ghosts of World War II servicemen killed in an explosion whilst on their way to a very local tank factory.

You can take or leave that story. For me it’s a good looking house in a pretty decent setting.

And if you want to go to Sheffield, this old station house is just four and a bit miles from the Meadowhall centre.

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4 Responses to “A Station at Chapeltown”

  1. Angela Jones Says:

    I would love to look iside this beautiful building. Thank you for that information.

  2. Michael Stenton Says:

    Having lived in Chapeltown for 62 years, I have to tell you that the ghost story about the soldiers began to do the rounds only in the 1990s. There were many local ghost stories when we were kids – but this wasn’t one of them. It’s a modern invention.

  3. N Falkiner Says:

    I thought since after 10 years of giving everyone false hope about the WWII soldier being bombed at the old Chapeltown station, that I should come clean.

    Back in 2007, me and my wife were out doing one of our nearby woodland walks. This one was in my old stomping ground in Thorncliffe woods between where the factories are and White Lane.

    We found the unused and very overgrown trainline embankment. This is extremely dense and takes some getting through but well worth it when you discover the old signal in all its glory complete with wrought iron inspection ladder. I climbed it just to help relive the last time I’d done it as a teenager with the mates.

    The Mrs was slightly impressed but said I should get down as it was likely to collapse anytime.

    We then found the old station. I said it was haunted by the World War II ghosts that had been bombed on their way from there up to the tank factory at Warren Lane.

    She didn’t believe me – and why should she? I’d made it up from stories we used to say in the late 60s.

    So when we got back home to where live, as soon as I could, I jumped on Wikepedia and edited the page in Chapeltown to include this made up story. When she came down from having a quick nap, I said, “told you it was haunted”. She laughed and said “do you think I’m that stupid?, your name is on the last person to edit it!”

    So we had a laugh, but I never took it down. Kind of forgot until I saw a link to it recently dating Chapeltown had a haunted station.

    What it does go to show is that these film crews who are desperate to reveal ghostly goings on will build on any folklore and make it real. I’ve just watched two semi-pro documentary type ghost films shot at the station based on this. One thing lesss to another where the owner who originally can be found on the web saying that it’s all rubbish to now, letting people do spiritual filming in and around the premises.

    It saddens me that this suggests other motivations are at large here, not the ghostly type.

    Sorry if this disappoints but it’s not true. And I have the proof that it’s not true.


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