Brierfield station opened in February 1849 and was originally called Marsden Station serving a scattering of dwellings that formed the township of Marsden. The arrival of the railway and the nearby canal led to the area being quickly developed. Large Mills were constructed nearby with homes for the mill workers built nearby. In 1857 the station was renamed Brierfield.
The large mill adjacent to the station, Brierfield Mill was built by Henry Tunstill who was both a local employer and benefactor. At its peak the mill, built in 1834, housed 87,000 spindles and 2,000 looms. The gas works adjacent to the mill was originally built by the Tunstill family who sold it to the corporation in 1888.
The station once boasted a collection of buildings but now just the old Station Master’s house survives adjacent to the platform. Another survivor from Lancashire and Yorkshire days is the Signal Box which controls the level crossing.
There is great deal of countryside to explore in the Pendle area and the Visit Pendle website has lots of ideas. Click HERE to see details of walks. In some cases you may need to take a bus to get from your station to the starting point of the walk, click HERE for details of local bus services.