Another significant building included the art-deco former Curzon cinema which was demolished in January 2010. The old railway ticket office remains which has fallen into disrepair, as did the cinema long before its demolition.

I went to NGS in 1939. It was a great school. Those school dinners cooked on site by Annie the cook and the smell coming up the corridor about 11o'clock. I remember when they started building the air raid shelters at the top of the playing fields. Headmaster Harrison, for Latin. No messing about at that school, or ...Read full memory

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In the Beeching Report of 1963, Earlestown was listed as one of the stations to be closed, but it remained open along with other stations between Liverpool and Manchester that had also been listed such as Huyton and Edge Hill. However, direct trains to St Helens Shaw Street via St Helens Junction were withdrawn in 1964.

The station lies on the former Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which was opened on 15 September 1830. On 25 July 1831 the Warrington and Newton Railway was opened for public use, making a junction at a point in the township of Newton, facing in the direction of Liverpool.

Earlestown forms the western part of Newton-le-Willows, a town in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, in Merseyside, England. At the 2001 Census the population was recorded as 10,274,[1] increasing to 10,830 at the 2011 Census.[2]

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The waiting room on the Liverpool-bound platform is the oldest station building in the world still in passenger service, although this is now limited to providing shelter from the rain under its canopy. The building is currently derelict, with tickets being sold in a more recent structure.

The Liverpool Echo, Trinity Mirror Merseyside’s flagship brand, is the area’s best-read newspaper including national newspapers.

The oldest station building in the world, which is still in passenger service.

Read and share your memories of Earlestown, or of a photo of Earlestown. There are 12 memories of Earlestown to read.

I was now old enough to drink (18) but unofficially you could always get a drink at certain pubs, which I'll not name but say thanks for looking out for me when I got tipsy on two pints of mild. My memories of Earlestown are magic, the Viaduct club & Vic's dance nights, they were something to look forward to. ...Read full memory

Earlestown is one of two triangular train stations left in the UK, the other being Shipley in West Yorkshire

The stall sells various sweet pies too, as well as giant "family" hotpots at £3.50 each, cooked or uncooked..

"But we need to make the argument you get better quality products and better service at your local market - and I guarantee you the veg will be much cheaper than the supermarket bag with a bright red label on it."

When does the Saturday market run till in the calendar year? And is it on every Saturday ? I was hoping to go on 10/102015.

Fishmonger Steve said he'd been trading in Earlestown for 40 years, running the business set up by his grandfather, a fisherman.

There is still a remarkable, thriving market each Friday morning at the heart of the small town, about five miles east of St Helens.

Looking to visit the flea and car boot to sell

But he said the fuchsias are the biggest bargain, at £1.50 for a small pot that'd be £3 upwards at a garden centre.

Route planning around the station including maps and platforms

She said on a busy market day the St Helens company, based near Langtree Park, could sell 600 pies.

To learn much more about Newton and Earlestown, visit Steve Dowd’s website,, or join the Newton-le-Willows Local History Group, which meets monthly at Newton library.

Earlestown lies in the Newton West Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens and at the 2008 local elections Keith Deakin was re-elected.

The surviving Earlestown station buildings were constructed around 1835 on the original site, at the point of intersection of these two early railways, incidentally forming the first steam railway junction, which was given the name Newton Junction.

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The Sankey Sugar Works site ... (based on maps of 1891 & 1906).

The year I began at Newton le Willows Grammar School, I had sprained my ankle running through the back lanes of Earle Street in the holidays and had my foot in a bandage. We lived in Brookfield Street until I was 5 or so with my Grandma and then moved to the new council estate in Wargrave. I loved my school, the District C ...Read full memory


Next year marks 150 years since work began on the market's current home, in the Earlestown district - and we took it as an excuse to seek out the best of what it has to offer.

Steve said: "My salmon's fresh, picked up on the docks this morning. None of the dipping in preservatives you often get at supermarkets."

He said: "You get a real variety of the potatoes you want, like Cheshires - you won't get a finer potato than that."

* For closer detail of the refinery site and nearby housing, CLICK in the box, or SCROLL down. ** For the names of many of the workers at the sugar works, CLICK here or SCROLL down.

Most are a bargain too at around £2 a cup, leaving no excuse not to clear those tacky novelty mugs off your shelf.

Alastair Machray was appointed editor of The Liverpool Echo in 2005 and is also editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. He is a former editor of The Daily Post (Wales and England) and editor-in-chief of the company's Welsh operations. Married dad-of-two and keen golfer Alastair is one of the longest-serving newspaper editors in the country. His titles have won numerous awards and spearheaded numerous successful campaigns.

At £1 a pie and made with local beef and veg, it's not hard to see why.

The triangular track layout at Earlestown represents the oldest junction in the world between two passenger railways, in the form of the first "stationary turntable" or wye ever constructed. Nearby on the line towards Liverpool is the Sankey Viaduct, the first mainline railway viaduct. It crosses the Sankey Canal, which is claimed to be the world's first purpose-built industrial waterway.

Kevin Gavin, markets manager for St Helens Council, said Earlestown market remained the "heartbeat" of the community, and a key driver of trade for town centre shops.

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Many things have changed over the last 700 years, but one thing in Newton-Le-Willows has remained remarkably constant.

"Ask anyone in St Helens about Pimmies Pies," said Caroline, who baked the stacks of pies on the stall in front of her this morning.