Edge Hill Metal

In a previous post I visited Edge Hill station and mentioned that the arts and culture space Metal was housed in one of the buildings but since I visited at 7pm on a Sunday night it was unsurprisingly closed!

The other day BBC Breakfast visited Metal in a feature about old railway buildings:

What happens to old railway buildings when they are no longer needed?

Many old waiting rooms, parcel offices and station pubs have fallen into disrepair – but now a new scheme has been launched to restore these listed buildings and give them a new lease of life.

The BBC’s Susannah Streeter visited Edge Hill in Liverpool, one of the oldest surviving stations in the world – where one of the disused platform buildings has been transformed into an art gallery and creative space.

Not getting off at Edge Hill


This post has been saved – unwritten – as a draft since I started this series of posts. The plan was to catch a train to Edge Hill one weekend, take a look around and some photos and write something interesting for the blog.

That hasn’t happened.

Instead I find myself with just a dozen posts before reaching 125 and no time to spare to visit my Edge Hill Station in the way I’d originally planned. Instead yesterday evening while in the vicinity I did a “drive by” photo shoot.

When I turned up the station was deserted – the ticket office closed and trains passing through without stopping on their way to Lime Street. For a station with such a history it’s a shame to see it so underused but there is perhaps still hope for it.

Last year one of the station buildings dating from 1836 was converted into a space for use by Metal, an “artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the development of innovative ideas”.

Alas at 7pm on a Sunday evening it was closed, but at least that gives me a reason to get off at Edge Hill next time I’m passing through.

If you feel I’ve not done Edge Hill station justice, you’re probably right. Go check out what Scott, “railway architecture fan” and former Edge Hill student had to say about it on his travels around every station on the Merseyrail map.