As you stroll through London; there’s very little to show the many individuals and trains hurrying underneath your feet. In any case; from time to time; you’ll feel an odd shake in somebody’s home that is a rattly Victoria Line train; or a swoon uproar when you’re in the storm cellar at work. The cylinder system is under your feet constantly.
In any case; what not every person knows is that the cylinder map; in view of Harry Beck’s plans; just spread a piece of what’s down there. There are neglected passages; relinquished stages and whole stations that still exist either to a limited extent or precisely as they were the point at which they were shut. Because of dread laws; it’s difficult to access the vast majority of them; yet here’s a manual for what lies underneath; with our Top 10 Abandoned London Underground Stations:
1. North End (Bull and Bush)
This is a weird one; as it’s the main station on the rundown that never at any point made it to being a station. It was based on the Northern Line (at that point known as the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway) among Hampstead and Golders Green in 1903 and would have been the cylinder’s most profound ever station. Be that as it may; just the lower levels were finished – in 1906; building ceased and the venture lay excess until the 1950s when a surface structure was worked; alongside the entrance down with the goal that it could be utilized for capacity.
Be that as it may; albeit no travelers at any point landed here; it saw a lot of activity. Prepares still gone through the phantom station in the good ‘ol days; with couple of travelers mindful of what ought to have been there, and in World War II it was utilized to store mystery archives. With no surface access, it was the perfect mystery store and it must be visited by administration trains.
The station was squeezed into administration again amid the Cold War – at such a profound dimension underground; it was esteemed to be the ideal control focus from which to deal with the crisis conduits of the cylinder. The surface structure was veiled as a power station, with proper signs, and the ways out were exits from the station as well as from the entire cylinder organize. Obviously somebody’s Cold War plan included everybody protecting in the cylinder and afterward smoothly recording out onto Hampstead Heath. Exceptionally British!
In another sign of very Britishness, the other name (“Bull and Bush”) originates from a close-by bar. It never opened; yet at the same time had enough individuals working there to get itself a moniker!
2. Down Street
Not to be mistaken for Downing St; this Mayfair based cylinder sat between Green Park (at that point Dover Street) and Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly Line yet was excessively near them two to truly be utilized much; and it shut in 1932. Nobody was especially shocked by the conclusion – Harry Beck’s draft cylinder maps from the prior year had precluded the station; maybe fully expecting its destiny. It left the enormous zone of Mayfair without a cylinder to truly consider its own (the close-by cylinders are particularly on the edge of Mayfair), however Mayfair society are too tasteful to even think about riding the cylinder in any case!
Cheerfully; Down St additionally found another rent of life amid the war; when it wound up home to Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet – Churchill delighted in making tracks in an opposite direction from the commotion of the bombarding down there and alluded to it as “The Burrow”. You can see a virtual visit; including Winston Churchill’s shower, here.
3. British Museum
Another station that endured because of near to rivalry, the British Museum station opened in 1900 on what is presently the Central Line, and shut in 1933 when the Central Line connected up to adjacent Piccadilly Line station Holborn. Already, travelers had been compelled to leave one station; walk 100m down the road and after that return into another station.
The British Museum station has showed up in various books; and its nonattendance keeps on confounding voyagers who exit Holborn tube at a bustling junction, with not a single notorious exhibition hall to be seen (it’s nearby by; simply holed up behind some office squares). The station is additionally expected to be spooky by an Egyptian Pharoah called Amen-Ra’s little girl; who shows up and shouts noisily down the passages. Worth tuning in out for in case you’re at Holborn tube!
4. Marlborough Rd
Another station shut to absence of utilization, Marlborough Rd was on the Metropolitan Line close to Lord’s cricket ground. That specific segment of line was later exchanged to the Bakerloo Line and afterward to the Jubilee Line. Befuddled yet? Anyway, the transferal over to the Bakerloo Line, with all-new profound dimension adequately circumvent this station and caused its end in 1939. It delighted in a spell as both an Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse and a Chinese eatery before getting to be empty.
5. St Marys
This to a great extent overlooked station opened on the East London Line in 1884, despite the fact that it changed over to the Metropolitan Line a couple of months after the fact, and was arranged on Whitechapel Rd, later popular for being the second least expensive property in Monopoly. It was dependably a modest, cramped station and the move of Aldgate East to inside 100m implied that St Marys was excess, and it shut in 1938.
In the same way as other of the stations, it had a second use amid the war as a reinforced hideout. In any case, on October 22 1940, it was hit by a bomb thus harmed that it should have been annihilated. A dismal end for an underestimated station.
6. Trafalgar Square
Like the British Museum, the nonattendance of a cylinder station named ” Trafalgar Square” frequently confounds visitors. Be that as it may, there did used to be one. What’s more, it sort of still exists.
Hold tight, in light of the fact that this may get uneven. Trafalgar Square was opened in 1906 on the Bakerloo Line. After a short time (with very some messing about with names) an adjacent Northern Line station was named “Strand”. Thus the two stations remained joyfully for some time, alongside the District Line station Charing Cross, down on the riverside (in spite of the fact that that also had experienced a couple of name changes).
At that point everything changed with the approach of the Jubilee Line during the 1970s. Strand was shut, and Charing Cross moved toward becoming Charing Cross (Embankment) as it once had been previously. In 1979, the Jubilee Line opened, alongside some new Northern Line stages where Strand used to be, and is doing as such ingested the Trafalgar Square station into the new super-station known as Charing Cross. At the same time, the old Charing Cross progressed toward becoming Embankment. These days, Embankment has the Northern and Bakerloo Lines in any case, Charing Cross never again has the Jubilee and there is unquestionably no Trafalgar Square.
Lords is, obviously, better known for the popular cricket ground as opposed to the cylinder station, however there did used to be a station there. Like Marlborough Rd, it ended up on an excess segment of the Metropolitan Line and shut in 1939, only 5 months in the wake of being named “Lords” as opposed to St John’s Wood.
It may sound like a calm life for a peaceful station, however it had a snapshot of show more than 30 years after the fact. In 1970, the white South African cricket group were arranging a visit, in spite of the sweeping boycott because of politically-sanctioned racial segregation. There was a colossal measure of challenge against this and gossipy tidbits rose that the protestors were wanting to utilize vents from the old station to get to the pitch. At last, the visit was dropped so we’ll can’t be sure if their arrangement would have worked…
8. Ruler William St
Such great aspirations, so brutally dashed. Ruler William St opened in 1890 as the Northern apocalypse first electric underground railroad, the City and South London Railway. Yet, it turned into a casualty of the line’s prosperity when it demonstrated so well known that extension was required very quickly. In an absence of forward arranging, the end was confronting East, which made due North development somewhat dubious. So it shut only 10 years after the fact in 1900, skirted to make what might in the end become the Northern Line.
9. Brompton Rd
Another piece of marginally presume arranging in West London, where Brompton Road settled firmly among Knightsbridge and South Kensington. It was passed by so much that “Passing Brompton Road!” turned into a mainstream catchphrase and in the end a play. Given the repetition of the stop, it was obviously shut in 1934. It later turned into the Anti-Aircraft Operations Room in the Second World War, is as yet utilized by different Air Squadrons.
The most outstanding of all the surrendered stations, Aldwych has demonstrated more famous after conclusion than before it, with movies, music recordings and even “Tomb Raider” shot there (despite the fact that the station in “Tomb Raider” had an altogether different format. At one time, individuals from the open were normally permitted on guided visits yet this has downsized significantly as of late.
It’s one of the most effortless stations to spot, with two red-tiled passages sitting on the Strand and simply off it. In spite of the fact that the signs presently bear the first name “Strand”, which brings on additional disarray (and no, it’s not the equivalent “Strand” referenced prior… ). It’s additionally another station which appeared to be destined to close as it was on a generally pointless stub of the Piccadilly Line. In 1994, the little-utilized station required £5m of life fixes and it was Goodnight Aldwych. Yet, this is one station that lives on in the mainstream culture.