Normanton, West Yorkshire was once the home of the busiest railway station in England. The intersection of several railway lines in Normanton in the late 1800s contributed to the fast growth of the town, fed by several coal mines and brickworks.
By the late 1970's, the supply of coal had dried out and the once-bustling railway station was torn down. Normanton is now a suburb of Leeds and a distribution centre. There is local fishing and a nature reserve. A former colliery here is part of the Welbeck landfill site, which has been met with strong disapproval due to its toxicity.
Queen Victoria once passed the night in Normanton, and Dom Pedro, Emperor of Brazil visited Normanton with his Empress.
A disused brickyard in Normanton was used in the filming of the TV series "A Touch of Frost".