What remains of the oldest rail station in Leeds - 188 years after it first opened

Numerous local politicians have claimed over the years that capacity issues at Leeds City Station could be solved by building a new station in the east of the city centre, with Marsh Lane often suggested as a possible site.

By Richard Beecham
Sunday, 17th July 2022, 11:45 am

Numerous local politicians have claimed over the years that capacity issues at Leeds City Station could be solved by building a new station in the east of the city centre, with Marsh Lane often suggested as a possible site.

But not everyone knows that Marsh Lane once housed the city's first ever rail station, opened in 1834.

The facility began to specialise in goods as the 19th century continued, with maps from the 1890s showing a large warehouse, grain wharf and potato wharf on the site, along with at least 14 rail lines passing through or terminating at the site.

Despite its permanent closure in 1958, many remnants of the old station still remain to this day.

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