Parbold Station is situated on the Wigan to Southport line, seven miles west of Wigan and was built in the mid 19th century by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. The opening of the station radically changed the rural village opening up job opportunities for villagers in Wigan and beyond. The station was originally called Newburgh then Newburgh for Parbold, Parbold for Newburgh and finally Parbold.

The original Lancashire and Yorkshire station buildings were restored in 2004 by Lancashire County Council. Work carried out included roof repairs, replacement mullion windows, gutter restoration, shelter and seating upgrade and provision of a new booking office.

The village of Parbold dates back to at least the 12th century and the name comes from the old English and means pear orchard.

This attractive, semi-rural, village lies in the valley of the River Douglas which is crossed by the Leeds to Liverpool Canal and at the bottom of Parbold Hill. The village has much to offer with a good selection of small shops and a number of public houses. Turn right as you leave the station and proceed to the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.  Approaching the canal you will see the famous Parbold windmill and close to this is the Windmill Public house.