Rose Grove station is situated in the western suburbs of Burnley. The railway reached here in 1848 when the East Lancashire Railway Company opened a station. Originally named Rose Grove for Padiham, the station is situated in a cutting. Early reports confirm that the station was originally built to serve the town of Padiham.
At this time the areas adjacent to Rose Grove were agricultural but with print works and cotton mills developing at nearby Lowerhouse. Rose Grove’s development started in earnest when the railway expanded building an engine shed and large marshalling yards. Unlike many local Lancashire towns whose census figures showed large percentages of mill workers Rose Grove statistics showed the railway as being a major employer with guards, porters, firemen, platelayers and the like well represented.
The loco sheds closed at the end of steam during August 1968 and with the closure of the goods yards and de staffing of the station the railways presence in the town was drastically reduced.
Rose Grove station sits close to the Padiham Greenway, a cycling and walking route that has recently been constructed and that runs over the old track bed of the Padiham Loop Line from Padiham to the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal close to the station. The Greenway is just one section of a longer cycling route that takes in the whole of the loop line from Blackburn through to Burnley. A poster showing details the Padiham Greenway can be downloaded by clicking this link Padiham Greenway and there are two leaflets showing the full route and these can be downloaded by clicking the links below:
Rose Grove Station
Rose Grove Lane
SD 815322 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
- Unstaffed station
- Hourly service to Preston & Blackpool South and Colne
- Waiting shelter
- Long Line Public Address
- Buses pass the station entrance – click here for bus timetables
Let’s Go Fly A Kite
Art and wildlife project launched. Posted 18.07.17
Revitalising Burnley Central
Colourful art work helps lift station environs. Posted 14.07.17
Down The Line – A New Website
A new educational toolkit. Posted 11.07.17
East Lancashire To Manchester The Easy Way
Direct trains from Accrington & Burnley. Posted 11.07.17
New Entrance For Preston Station
Butler Street entrance gets a makeover. Posted 09.06.17