Structure / Site Summary for 247240

Ribblehead Station Main Building & Booking Office (Up)

Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Southern elevation view

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Ribblehead Station Main Building & Booking Office (Up)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 247

Location 2 - Chains: 20.00

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Up

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: Yes

Construction / installation period: MR-C

Current Use: Museum

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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1: Context views

02 February 2013
Ribblehead Station: context view from the northwest end of the 'Up' platform     
24 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Context view from the south-east (v2)     
24 March 2011
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Context view from the east     
25 February 2011
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Context view from the North-West     
25 February 2011
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Context view from the south-east (v1)     
25 February 2011
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Context view from the south-east (v3)     
'Up' goods train passing Ribblehead Station prior to removal of 'Down' platform     
Class 47 with southbound passenger train approaching Ribblehead Station     

2: Elevation views

06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Elevation view from the north-west     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Elevation view from the north-west     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: North-west elevation view     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Northern elevation view     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Southern elevation view     
04 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Eastern elevation view     
04 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: South-eastern elevation view     
04 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: South-western elevation view     
04 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Western elevation view (1)     
04 March 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Western elevation view (2)     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
 247240: Ribblehead Station Main Building: Elevation view from the west     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
247240: Ribblehead Station Main Building: Elevation view from the north west     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
247240: Ribblehead Station Main Building: Elevation view from the south west     
1993
Ribbhead Main Station Building: North elevation view (1993)     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
Ribblehead Station Main Building and Yard Office: West Elevation     

3: Detail views

06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Detail view, chimney from the south     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Detail view, chimney from the south-west     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Detail view, milepost and window-frame     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Detail view, porch from the south     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Detail view, rainwater-goods from the SW     
06 October 2012
Ribblehead Station Booking Office: Facia, replica clock and heritage lighting     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
247240: Ribblehead Station Main Building: Detail view from the west     

4: Cab-views

30 August 2012
Ribblehead Station Main Building & Booking Office (Up)     

Knowledge Base

  • A station at Ribblehead was not included in the original plans for the Settle-Carlisle Railway (the initial plan being to serve upper Ribblesdale from a station at Selside). It is not clear why the plans were changed, but in 1875 the Midland Railway Company sought Additional Powers to purchase an extra slice of land to the south-east of the Ingleton - Hawes road in order to build a station closer to the head of the Ribble Valley. The request was granted and a station was duly built, complete with a standard-design 'small' main station building (this structure).
     
  • Two names were initially suggested for the station: "Ingleton Road" and "Batty Green", the latter being the option chosen initially.
     
  • The station officially opened for passenger traffic on the 4th of December 1876 and for goods traffic in 1877.
     
  • On the 19th of July 1876, the Rev. E. H. Woodall of Settle wrote to the Midland Railway Company proposing that the name of the station be changed to "Ribblehead". His proposal was accepted and the name was officially changed to Ribblehead on the 1st of May 1877.
     
  • A few years after the station opened, the vicar of Ingleton parish church began holding religious services for the local community in the waiting room and a harmonium was provided to accompany the singing.
     
  • In 1938, Ribblehead station was used to collect meteorological data and regular weather reports were sent to the Ministry of Defense (the weather-forecasting arm of which later became the Met. Office). The Station Master and other members of station staff received special training for these duties. It is still possible to find-out about current weather conditions in the 'Three Peaks' area courtesy of the modern automatic weather station installed on, beside and inside the main station building at Ribblehead: to view the online weather report, see http://www.mylocalweather.org.uk/ribblehead/
     
  • Ribblehead station officially closed for goods traffic on the 7th of November 1966 and for passenger traffic on the 4th of May 1970.
     
  • The 'up' (southbound) platform re-opened on the 29th of September 1986 and a new 'down' (northbound) platform was opened in 1993 (the old one having been demolished in 1970 (or shortly thereafter) to allow the sidings for Ribblehead Quarry to be expanded).
     
  • The roof on the main station building at Ribblehead was renewed by Railtrack in 1997.
     
  • The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust acquired a 125 year lease on the main station building in September 1999 and set-about restoring the rest of the structure. As part of these works:
     
    • The covered entrance lobby / porch (adjacent to the southbound platform) became a waiting room for rail passengers.
       
    • The former Booking Office and Booking Hall were converted into a visitor centre / museum.
       
    • The former Porters’ Room became a small shop.
       
    • The northern-end of the building was converted into a caretakers' flat:
       
      • the Gents’ Toilet block became a small kitchen and utility / storage area;
         
      • the former Ladies’ Waiting Room became a lounge; and
         
      • a new first-floor level in the roof-space provided space for a bathroom and small bedroom.
         
  • The caretakers' flat proved to be uncomfortable for its residents, especially in winter, so the former lounge area on the ground floor was converted into a cafeteria and shop in ???.

Primary / Secondary References

This structure is clearly marked on the MR 1911 landplan at 247 miles 20 chains.

This invaluable secondary source devotes four pages to Ribblehead and has three B&W photographs of the main station building (plates 39, 41 & 43) and two line-drawings showing part of its elevation and ground-plan (Fig 18).

Th 'Ribblehead' page of the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust website contains three colour photographs of this structure and provides some background information regarding its restoration and current use as a museum and visitor centre. The URL is:

      http://www.sandctrust.org.uk/ribblehead.htm


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