Northampton Castle Station                 

The first line to be built through Northampton was the 'Northampton and Peterborough Railway' which started at Blisworth and the first station opened in 1845. It was renamed Northampton 'Bridge Street' in 1876 after Northampton 'Castle Station' opened and became the main station with the opening of a new curve allowing Blisworth trains to join the Market Harborough line. 

Designed and built by George R Stevenson, the Northampton to Market Harborough line was opened in 1859. It had eight stations, Northampton, Pitsford & Brampton, Spratton, Brixworth, Lamport, Kelmarsh, Clipston and Market Harborough. The station closed on 4th January 1960 but was reopened to through traffic on the 6th January 1969. It was closed again on 1st May 1969 and reopened on 10th July 1972. The passenger service was finally withdrawn on 26th August 1973. The station closed on 5th June 1950.


              Northampton Castle Station  photo©John Evans(1965)(Flickr) 

A map of all railway lines in and around Northamptonshire at the height of the railway era. 

Northampton Castle Station was only a small station which dealt with only passenger trains, goods trains were dealt with at Bridge Street Station. 
In 1875 L&NWR obtained powers to quadruple the main line north of Bletchley with 2 tracks (slow lines) diverging at Roade to form a new line  (Northampton Loop) through Northampton to Rugby. The 'Loop' line north to Rugby opened in 1881 and the line south to Roade opened a year later.

At one time Northampton had three stations Bridge Street, Castle and St. Johns Street, as lines opened and closed it affected the use of the stations until only one survived Northampton Castle, now named Northampton. 

According to media sources the new station will again be called 'Northampton Castle'

            Northampton Castle Station  photo ©L.Hanson 1933

   Northampton Castle station (1966)  photo ©John Evans (Flickr) 

 Red Star Parcels was a service which used passenger trains for transporting parcels between passenger railway stations throughout the United Kingdom, owned and operated by British Rail. Senders could despatch their consignments to selected stations at which the parcels were collected by the recipient. The service used scheduled trains and as such was one of the fastest methods of transporting a package long distances around the country. Red Star Parcels no longer trades although signs bearing the Red Star logo can be seen at railway stations across the UK.  
                          Northampton Castle Station 1962 
                           Modernised Northampton Station 1966 
                               Northampton Station photo©WNDC

The short stay car park shown in the above photograph was dug up and an archaeological dig carried out on the old castle ruins before building work started on the new station. Now the new station is open (12/01/2015) then the old building will be demolished and then a multi-storey car park will be built on the old station site.

 

                Future Northampton Station Image  ©WNDC 

Main Station entrance, but after concerns of no disability access the front of the station is now around the back. photo©Herald&Post

                       New station structure (Dec 2013) 

View from St James Road going into town of station building and new footbridge. photo©Herald&Post 

                                                                        The New Northampton Station photo©Herald&Post