The railway arrived at Hapton in 1848 but the village here was probably developed during the Iron Age. A fortified manor house existed in 1242. Hapton Tower was built on the top of Hambledon Hill during the 16th century by Sir John Towneley, but by the 18th century the tower had been removed.
Hapton carved its living from cotton, coal and quarrying. The Leeds Liverpool canal passes through the village. In 1886 Hapton became the first small settlement in England to be powered with electricity. A tragic mining accident occurred at Hapton Valley colliery when on 23rd March 1962 a major explosion occurred with fatal results. The surrounding country side is good for walking and there is a local nature trail at Castle Clough. Here close to the railway can be seen traces of the areas industrial past with the old reservoir which supplied a cotton dye works clearly visible.
Hapton station is close to the Padiham Greenway, a cycling and walking route that has recently been constructed and that runs over the old track bed of the Padiham Loop Line from Padiham to the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal close to the station. The Greenway is just one section of a longer cycling route that takes in the whole of the loop line from Blackburn through to Burnley. A poster showing details the Padiham Greenway can be downloaded by clicking this link Padiham Greenway and there are two leaflets showing the full route and these can be downloaded by clicking the links below:
A history poster has been prepared for Hapton station and this can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail below or on this link: History Posters
Grid Reference SD 791317 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
This station is now a request stop – if you wish to alight at this station please inform the conductor and if you wish to board please make a clear signal to the driver.
+ Unstaffed station
+ Hourly service to Preston and Colne
+ Waiting shelters
+ Additional seating on platforms
+ Long Line Public Address
+ Community notice boards
Community Rail Week On The South Fylde Line
Supporting the Go Green by Train campaign! Posted 19.10.21
Community Rail Week Starts In Burscough Junction
To celebrate St. John's RC Primary School's work on the disused platform. Posted 18.10.21
Summit Tunnel Closure To Affect Services
Essential engineering works means bustitution. Posted 14.10.21
Shifting Sands Grant Success
To support railway travel poster exhibition. Posted 06.10.21
Clitheroe Station Car Parking
Loses its free park & ride facility. Posted 06.10.21