Saturday 11 July 2015

London's lost Tube stations

Aldwych (Strand)
Piccadilly line (south of Holborn)
The most famous of London’s closed Tube stations, thanks to its new role as a popular filming location (The Krays, Patriot Games, V for Vendetta, Atonement, 28 Weeks Later and Sherlock all used it), Aldwych is found on the Strand and was originally known as such. It was shut during the Second World War and used as an air raid shelter, while tunnels connecting it to the rest of the network were used to store treasures from the British Museum. It closed in 1994. Tours of the station can be arranged through the London Transport Museum.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Blake Hall
Central line (north of Epping)
Once known as the quietest station on the entire Underground network, Blake Hall was always likely to face the chop. By the time it shut on October 31, 1981, it reportedly had just six passengers a day.
The station building is now privately owned, but can be spotted by those riding the Epping-Ongar heritage railway.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Down Street
Piccadilly line (north of Hyde Park Corner)
Closed in 1932, Down Street was used as a bunker by Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet during the Second World War. The building survives and is home to a shop.

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Marlborough Road
Metropolitan line (north of Baker Street)
Opened in 1868, Marlborough Road was little used except by visitors to nearby Lord’s Cricket Ground, and closed in 1939. Two other Metropolitan Line stations – Swiss Cottage and Lord’s – shut around the same time. The building, on the corner of Finchley Road and Queen's Road, is still visible.

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

North Weald
Central line (north of Epping)
Here is another former Central line station that is now served solely by the Epping Ongar Railway, which features steam and diesel hauled heritage trains
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Central line (north of Epping)
The easternmost point of the Central line until its closure in 1994, Ongar station was built primarily to take agricultural produce from nearby farms into central London. Again, the station building remains, and forms part of the Epping-Ongar Railway.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Osterley & Spring Grove
Piccadilly line (north of Osterley)
Replaced by Osterley in 1934, the main building and the old platforms can be seen from the new station. The building now houses a bookshop.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

Quainton Road
Metropolitan line (west of Amersham)
Briefly part of the Metropolitan line, from 1933 to 1935, Quainton Road was built in 1868, essentially at the behest of the 3rd Duke of Buckingham. He wanted a railway station close to his residence, nearby Wotton House. It was restored in the Seventies by rail enthusiasts and is now home to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre museum.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

East London line
Part of the old East London line, which has since been overhauled to become part of the London Overground, Shoreditch itself was replaced by Shoreditch High Street Station in 2006. It can still be seen from mainline trains travelling between Stratford and Liverpool Street.

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

South Kentish Town
Northern line (north of Camden Town)
Now a pawn shop, South Kentish Town survived just 17 years, from 1907 to 1924. It was used as an air raid shelter during the Blitz.
London's lost Tube stations: in pictures

York Road
Piccadilly line (south of Caledonian Road)
Located at the corner of York Way (formerly York Road) and Bingfield Street, York Road opened in 1906 and was one of the original stations of the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, which became the Piccadilly Line (others to have now closed are Strand – see slide one; Down Street - see slide three; Dover Street – south of Piccadilly Circus; and Gillespie Road – between Holloway Road and Finsbury Park). The former platform area can be seen from passing trains.

London's lost Tube stations: in pictures