CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


Castleton – Castleton is an area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, 1.9 kilometres south-southwest of Rochdale town centre and 13 kilometres north-northeast of the city of Manchester.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Castleton’s early history is marked by its status as a township within the ancient parish of Rochdale. Prior to merging with the County Borough of Rochdale in 1900, Castleton experienced rapid growth during the 19th century as a mill town in its own right, facilitated for the most part by the construction of the Rochdale Canal which is routed through the area. Castleton’s growth was significant; so much so, that for a time it was almost the same size of nearby Rochdale.

Places to Visit

St. Martin’s Church – a 5 minute walk from the station brings you to this fine Victorian church. Completed in 1863 the church closed in 1991 but was fully refurbished in 2002/2003.

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Discover Amazing Women by Rail is a project initiated by the Mid Cheshire Line CRP and invites people to leave their car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines, including the Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden route.

The project is supported with a website ( by an A5 booklet available from local stations, tourist information offices and libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded using this link: Amazing Women by Rail

Other Landmarks

Arrow Mill – is a former cotton mill and is Grade 2 listed