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Station Close to the West.

Situated as far down Station Road as you can go, if you don’t turn left or right into Station Close, you will end up on platform One of the railway station!

This development, when started in 1990 was named The Chase, but was named as is today.

Station Close is in two sections, one to the West of the railway station, which was completed in 1995, and one to the East that was built in 1991, and completed about the 20th August that year. Work on the Eastern section had commenced in February 1990, taking 18 months for building work to complete.

Station Close

Both parts of the close are built on the former railway sidings for the station, and to my knowledge, in places, the track still remains under the tarmac. This was proven in September 2009, when work started on a new station car park. At the beginning of the works, new drains were dug, and the old railway track and setts were revealed under the old tarmac.

Several years ago the Red Rose Squash club opened up on the corner of the close, but after a short time the club went bust and the club closed down.

Station Close to the East.

It was builders who bought the club, demolished it, and built the houses that you see today.

The houses on the East side of the close overlook the back of the houses on Walmsley Avenue, and were built by Holden Homes.

When Walmsley Avenue was first being built the land, which was still owned by the railway was not for sale. The ticket office for the railway was still open and this was attached to the Station Arms, so the occupiers would have had to drive through the station to get to their homes at that time.

Date stone for Station Close.

References

Carol Pawsey (Resident of Station Close)