General information
Coordinates53°32′23″N 2°04′09″W / 53.5396°N 2.0693°W / 53.5396; -2.0693Coordinates: 53°32′23″N 2°04′09″W / 53.5396°N 2.0693°W / 53.5396; -2.0693
Other information
Opened5 July 1856 (1856-07-05)
Closed2 May 1955 (1955-05-02)
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
2 May 1955Closed to passengers
16 December 1963Closed to goods traffic
13 April 1964Line closed

Lees railway station opened on 5 July 1856 at Lees, Lancashire, when the London and North Western Railway (L&NWR) opened the branch from Greenfield to Oldham.[1][2]

The station was located to the south-east of St. John Street, where it crossed the railway. There were two running lines with platforms on the outer sides connected by a footbridge. The main building was to the south of the line and was accessed by a ramp running down from the road over-bridge.[3] To the south east of the station was a goods yard with a goods shed and between the station and the goods shed was a coal depôt. The goods yard was able to accommodate most types of goods including live stock and was equipped with a ten ton crane.[3][4]

Services Initially services ran to Oldham Mumps (L&NWR) and to Greenfield with some of these continuing to Delph. From 1 July 1862 trains were extended from Oldham Mumps to Oldham Clegg Street, later that year the L&NWR closed its Mumps station replacing it with Oldham Glodwick Road.[5][6]

By 1866 the station saw fourteen services in each direction (four on Sundays) of which three continued to Delph (none on Sundays).[7] By 1922 the number of services had increased to about thirty-nine each way (there was some variation on Saturdays) of which eighteen continued to Delph (none on Sundays).[8] In 1939 the LMS service was about the same with around thirty-eight services each way, with even more variation on Saturdays, twenty-one of which continued to Delph (except on Sundays).[9]

The station closed to passengers on 2 May 1955, when the Delph Donkey passenger train service to Delph via Greenfield was withdrawn.[2][10] The station closed to goods traffic on 16 December 1963.[11] The line remained open until 13 April 1964.[12]

Not far from the station, to the north east, was Lees Engine Shed which was open from 1878 to April 1964.[11]

Currently the line is a cyclepath and there is no evidence of the station remaining.[13][14]

Delph Donkey
Moorgate Halt
Lydgate tunnel
Grotton and Springhead
Oldham Glodwick Road
Oldham Mumps L&YR
Oldham Mumps LNWR
Oldham Central
Oldham Clegg Street
LNWR Goods Depot
GC Goods Depot
Oldham Werneth
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Oldham Glodwick Road   L&NW
Delph Donkey
  Grotton and Springhead



  1. ^ "Opening of the new Railway to Greenfield". The Manchester Guardian (1828-1900). 7 July 1856. p. 3. ProQuest 473916112.
  2. ^ a b Quick 2019, p. 248.
  3. ^ a b "Ordnance Survey 25 inch map Lancashire XCVII.7". National Library of Scotland. 1894. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  4. ^ The Railway Clearing House 1970, p. 29.
  5. ^ Reed 1996, p. 60.
  6. ^ Brown 2021, p. 91.
  7. ^ Bradshaw 1866, pp. tables 118 & 119.
  8. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 484.
  9. ^ LMS Railway 1939, p. table 150.
  10. ^ Hurst 1992, p. 10 (ref 0453).
  11. ^ a b Brown 2021, p. 92.
  12. ^ Hurst 1992, p. 25 (ref 1272).
  13. ^ "Oldham Cycle Network" (PDF). Visit Oldham. Cycle GM. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  14. ^ Allsop, Stuart. "View of former Lees station". Google Maps. Retrieved 14 January 2022.


Further reading

  • Hooper, John (2006). An Illustrated History of Oldham's Railways. Irwell Press. ISBN 9781871608199.