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Holywell Junction Railway Station

A Grade II* Listed Building in Holywell, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.2923 / 53°17'32"N

Longitude: -3.2073 / 3°12'26"W

OS Eastings: 319622

OS Northings: 377941

OS Grid: SJ196779

Mapcode National: GBR 6Z1C.FH

Mapcode Global: WH76K.PHXW

Plus Code: 9C5R7QRV+W3

Entry Name: Holywell Junction Railway Station

Listing Date: 1 October 1970

Last Amended: 19 August 1991

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 510

Building Class: Transport

Location: Situated at the far end of the road on the SW side of the coastal railway.

County: Flintshire

Community: Holywell (Treffynnon)

Community: Holywell

Locality: Greenfield

Built-Up Area: Holywell

Traditional County: Flintshire

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The Chester to Holywell railway was proposed to improve links between London and Dublin. The bill was passed in July 1844 with Robert Stephenson as engineer and Francis Thompson of Derby as architect. Holywell is one of the original 14 stations and the best remaining Italianate example on the line. Opened in 1848; the builder was Thomas Hughes of Liverpool. It originally had 4 platforms and had extensive traffic from the harbour and local industries in addition to connecting with the branch line up to the town; it was renamed Holywell Junction after the opening of the town station in 1912(closed 1955).


Red brick construction with almost flat, ribbed slate roof and brick chimney stacks. Symmetrical design with short single storey wings and connecting pavilions to either end; cornice and deep entablature with band linking large rose bosses. 12-pane sashes to 1st floor with lintel and sill bands; high cornices and moulded architraves; blind recesses flank the central windows. Formerly a canopy below contained by the end pavilions. Ground floor has full height round arched openings set in square headed frames and with impost band. Small-pane sashes flank central half-glazed double doors with blind tympanum and enriched spandrels; blind panels to either side. Blocked doorways in wings. Taller pavilions with slit ventilators, sills, cornices and round arched openings; one sash with missing glazing. 12-pane sashes to end elevations and attached flat roof ranges with similar detail; round arched sash glazing retained to right (NW) end. At the rear (SW) are 3 round arched ground floor windows with sills and panelled aprons at plinth level. Panelled doors and deep cornices internally.

Disused and in poor condition at the time of inspection (March 1990).

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as one of the finest surviving mid C19 railway stations in Wales.

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  • II Signal Box at Holywell Junction Railway Station
    Immediately NW of the railway station; set between the main line tracks.
  • II Plas-yn-Morfa
    Situated between the main coast road and the Chester to Holyhead Railway. Set in its own grounds and reached from the main road along short drive.
  • II Fomer Coach House & Stables at Plas-Yn-morfa
    Immediately to rear of Plas-yn-Morfa. Situated between main coastal road and the Chester to Holyhead Railway. Plas-yn-Morfa is reached along short drive.
  • II Minffordd Cottage
    Below the main coast road near the NW boudary of the Holywell Community Council area. Reached via main entrance to Bodlondeb Farm. Detached to NW.
  • II Holy Trinity Church
    Set in small churchyard near NE end of Greenfield; E end faces main road.
  • II Abbey House
    Reached off Greenfield Road down lane to SE of the Alpha United
  • II Betnea
    Set back slightly from the road; detached
  • II The Valley Lodge
    Set back slightly from the road; detached.

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