Above is a good view of the footbridge at Brierley Hill Station in 1961 (photo: John Dew)
The station opened in 1858 on the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton
Railway between Round Oak and Brettell Lane. As can be seen from the above view, in its
latter years it took on a rather ramshackle appearance and, interestingly for a station in
this area, had no goods facilities other than a single siding to serve a nearby factory. The
station closed in 1962 to passengers and was demolished in 1968: in the interim period the
station had dealt with parcels traffic. On visiting the site I was a little disappointed as
there are few indications around that a station ever occuppied the site and the exact spot is
rather inaccessible today.
Above-left we are on Fenton Road - the junction with Station Road being out
of shot to our right - and can see what was one of the entrance points to the station which
lay just behind the row of trees and shrubs beyond the fencing. Above-right we are in roughly
the same spot as the previous shot but have turned to our right and can see the bridge carrying
the track over Station Road - the station itself was to the left of this shot.
Above-left we are now in Station Road - Fenton Road can be seen through the
Bridge - looking up to the site of the station: the majority of the station was just to the
right of this shot but foliage, as it often does, got in the way of my shooting the whole
area. Above-right we are against the fencing identified in the previous photograph looking at
the trackbed where once platforms ended - the houses opposite are a good marker for connecting
with the shot at the top of this page - and roughly facing in the direction of Round Oak.