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Willenhall Station 1965 (David Bathurst)
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Willenhall Station

1837 - 1965

Willenhall station opened in 1837 on the Grand Junction Railway's line from Warrington to Birmingham as an intermediate station between their Wednesfield Heath station, loosely serving Wolverhampton, and Birmingham. However, unlike the ill-sited Wednesfield Heath which lost its passenger services in 1873, Willenhall remained open until 1965 when passenger services ceased on the line. In 2007 plans have been mooted to rebuild a station at the site if funding can be secured. Above we see the station on 22/05/65 with Bilston Road ahead looking towards Darlaston (photo: D. Bathurst).

 
Willenhall station site from Bilston Street
Willenhall station remains
 

In the view above-left we are on Bilston Road bridge looking down at the station site in the direction of Wednesfield Heath nd Wolverhampton. As can be seen, nothing appears to remain of the station viewed from Bilston Road bridge. Above-right we have made our way down to the site of the Wolverhampton platform, to the right in the 1965 photograph, and can see remains of the long-demolished station buildings: the line is to the left.

 
Willenhall station site towards Darlaston
Willenhall station site from Bilston Rd to Darlaston
 

Above-left is the closest view you can get to the 1965 shot, looking to Bilston Road in the direction of Darlaston. Above-right we have made our way back to the Bilston Road bridge and are watching the line head-off towards Darlaston.

 

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