I have driven past this old building countless times and I always wondered what it was. I guess that I should have known that it was formerly a train station as it is next to the railway and there are several other clues that point to the building once forming part of the station.

The building is now home to KR Autos. However, it was originally built for the Midland Railway and served as the main station building for the train station at Heeley. After this, is was used as a post office until the 1980s. There is also the remains of an underpass, which has recently been cleared that was the original entrance to the station. If you want to watch the short video below you can see how the station looks today in more detail.

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The station opened with the inauguration of the Midland Railway’s main line between Chesterfield and Sheffield on 1 February 1870. The station included a carriage siding and was built on the former Heeley Mill site.

Initially there were two platforms. However, two more were built when the line from Sheffield to Dore was widened between 1901 and 1903. It was the only station on this section of the line that was an elevated station with subway access from below to the platforms. The subway is still present although both entrances have been blocked in; the entrance on London Road can be seen and iron railings are present. The station closed on 10 June 1968.

Not really wanting to use Wikipedia, I scoured Google Books for information about the station. However, I could only find information relating to an accident at the station in 1876.

From The Annual Register, 1876.
From The Annual Register, 1876.

In 2020, the Green Party called for the train station to be re-opened. I think it would today be a popular line, especially if it was a stop on the Sheffield to London route.

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Including (l-r) L.M.S. Railway leading to Heeley Station and Chesterfield Road, foreground, Weighing Machine Works, Heeley Brass Foundry, Atlas Printing Works, Aizlewood Road, centre, Abbeydale Road. Broadfield Road in front of Aizlewood Road. Abbeydale Congregational Church in background. 1935
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M. A. King 27/07/1963
General View, London Road, Heeley, entrance to Heeley Station, right, junction with Well Road, left, premises include No 41, Thomas Pagdin, Pork Butcher, No 43, Thomas Ball, Florist and Fruiterer, No 45, Emma Lee, Draper, No 47, Henry Smith, Boot Mak.
J. Fletcher (Artist). 1884

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