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10 Stunning Facts about London’s Abandoned Subway Stations That You Need to Know

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Last Updated on July 24, 2019

The London subway stations or what they refer to as “the tube” is a fundamental way to navigate easily to and from Central London. But you might be surprised about the historical evolution of many subway stations in London.

However, if you still wondering about the historical story of some of London’s closed subway stations, The London subway stations or what they refer to as “the tube” is a fundamental way to navigate easily to and from Central London.

But you might be surprised about the historical evolution of many subway stations in London. However, if you still wondering about the historical story of some of London’s closed subway stations …

10. North End (Bull & Bush)

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North End station is the only subway station in our list that never made it as a real station. It was constructed on the Northern Line between Hampstead and Golders Green in 1903 and would have been the only station that contains the deepest tube ever.

But in 1906 the construction process was stopped because authorities claimed that it is an unnecessary project. During World War II, the ghost station was used to store some confidential documents since it was the ideal place that no one could go there.

During the cold war, the authorities had finished building the station in order to benefit from its deep level underground tube which seemed to be the ideal center where they can control the emergency floodgates of the tube.

However, the station never worked as a real passenger’s station, it was used only for hidden political matters.

9. Down Street

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The Down street underground station was never an active station since it sat between Green Park station and Hyde Park Corner, later on, Harry Beck’s (the famous British technical draughtsman and designer) had omitted the station completely.

Fortunately, Down St found again a new direction during the War when it was “the Burrow” of Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet.

8. British Museum

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The British Museum was another station that was closed because of competition. It was opened in 1900 and closed in 1933 when the Central line was linked nearby the Piccadilly Line station. A long time ago, passengers were forced to leave one station and walk 100m down the street to enter to another station.

However The British Museum station is an iconic place that was mentioned in many books, but its physical absence is really confusing especially to tourists who leave Holborn tube toward a busy crossroads without even noticing that the station is just there concealed behind some office blocks.

7. Marlborough Rd

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Marlborough Rd is another abandoned station which was closed due to performance lack, it was on the Metropolitan Line within easy reach to Lord’s cricket ground, this particular line division was transferred later on to the Bakerloo Line which was a simple reason for closing it.

However, Marlborough Rd was in a very important area between the Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse and a Chinese restaurant which was an ideal passage for many passengers.

6. ST Marys

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The St Marys station was opened on the East London Line in 1884; it was famous for being the second cheapest ownership in Monopoly.

It was a tiny, uncomfortable station with very insufficient tubes which was an enough reason for its closure in 1938. The St Marys station was also used during the war as a bomb shelter, but it was destroyed because of a bomb hit.

5. Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square is a remarkable station which still of a great interest for many tourists to visit. It was opened in 1906; the station was in a very close position to the Northern Line station “Strand”. The two station remained working for a while.

When the Jubilee line first appeared on 1970, a lot of changes were taking place in terms of stations and Lines, and consequently, the Trafalgar Square station became an abandoned station.

4. Lords

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You might be thinking that we are talking about the famous cricket ground, in fact, the station was meant to be named the St John’s Wood rather than Lords but many people tend to use the name due to its popularity.

The station was in a very vital line but it was closed in 1939 when the Metropolitan Line was opened.

3. King William St

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King William Station was opened in 1890 with great ambition that it would last for 20 years.

It was a vital point at the City and the South London Railway, but the line success was a reason to expand more lines immediately, the bad forward planning of making the terminus inside the station was again a reason of its closure in 1900.

2. Brompton Rd

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Brompton Rd was a very popular station, the name actually was a common catchphrase among many passengers, and it was even used in plays. The station was built tightly between Knightsbridge and South Kensington.

But it was closed in 1934 due to the redundancy of stop. Later on, the station was used as a room for Anti-Aircraft Operations in World War II and is still utilized by many Air Squadrons.

1. Aldwych

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The most famous of all the previous abandoned stations, The Aldwych station has been famous after the closure and not before it.

It’s for the simple reason that many films like Mission Impossible One and Tomb Raider were filmed there in addition to videos and music concerts, many tourists tend to visit the place just because of its artistic touch.

However, it’s another station which faced the fate of closure just because of its redundant position on the Piccadilly Line. Well, the most important feature of this station is its artistic identity among the popular culture in London.

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