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London by Tube: A History of Underground Station Names

London by Tube: A History of Underground Station Names [Kindle Edition]

David Revill
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If you’ve ever wanted to know where the Underground’s station names come from, then this is the book for you! London by Tube is an essential read for anyone curious about London and its historic Underground. The book takes the reader on a fascinating journey around the Tube network to reveal the history behind the names of all 268 stations. Packed full of lively stories about the colourful characters and remarkable events connected to the places that bear these names, the book delves deep into London’s rich history to recall tales of terrible fires, profligate playboys, ancient relics, devious criminals, squalid slums, lost rivers, grisly executions and unsolved mysteries.
This is a book for anyone who has ever taken a trip on the Tube – the perfect gift for visitors, commuters and Londoners alike. It is a Tube guide to the city’s past. So sit back and enjoy the ride and discover something new about London and its historic Underground.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 1 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I expected to dip in and out of this book but I found it so interesting that I
read it from cover to cover and I don't even live in London! As the blurb says,
this is a book for anyone who has ever taken a trip on the Tube. Have you ever
wondered about the origin of the Tube station The Elephant and Castle for
instance? The book has a perfect mix of history, name origins and anecdotes,
all at an amazing price. I can't wait for my next trip to London.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A great book jam-packed full of interesting stories about the Underground station names and the areas of London that share their names. I bought this book just before a long weekend sightseeing in London and I really enjoyed finding out so many fascinating things about London - I read it whilst travelling about on the Tube and it made the trip all the more interesting. I'd recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to London or anyone whose ever wanted to know the history behind the Underground's station names.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 8 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a little gem of a book. It contains fascinating histories of the the tube stations on the London underground. I will definitely be taking it with me on my kindle for my next trip to London. It's great value and no visitor to London should be without it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I blame myself.....from the synopsis I thought this book was filled with stories of lost stations, the inner workings of the tube, etc, and in part it is - well pertaining to that station it is.
It is primarily however, more of a history of the ACTUAL place rather than the tube history. Yes it does start by saying "Acton was formed by the xxxxxx railway company in 19xx and was joined to the tube in 19xx" for example but then continues with a description of the once sleepy hamlet and where the word 'Acton, hackney," etc comes from in olde english/anglo saxon etc.
This is interesting but after many many stations it does get repetitive.

GREAT for reference though I must say, just not what I was hoping for. I'm more 'nerdy' and want to know the ins and outs of the tube, what goes on below hidden from view. What am I zooming past? Not how Guy Fawkes was nabbed.

The author deserves credit for excellent research and lovely prose, and for anyone wanting info regarding place name history and a bit of background its great. As a 'how the tube was built' book, I'm less convinced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good little read. 9 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I share the view of the other reviewers here. If you have come this far and are actually interested in learning about the quirky and interesting history of the tube network and as an inevitable consequence, the history of London, then this is a great read. Well researched and covering a very wide range of historical information the author is to be applauded for making this a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting resd 13 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting read, and all the more so if you've been to several of the stations described - as I read it I formed a wish to visit each and every station! The author gives a brief history of the network, and then each station is listed, with some detail about its life as a station, followed by a history of the area it serves (origins, noteworthy events, etc.). My only criticism is that there are a few irritating errors that could have been eliminated by better proofing - for example 'spar resort' rather than 'spa', a note that Heathrow T5 opened in 1985, and similar. However, to be fair, it's well worth the modest price and a very easy and pleasant little book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. It's fascinating to learn where the Tube station names originate from and the book is full of interesting little stories about London's past. A great little read all in all and at a bargain price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Tubes 26 Jun 2012
By Tondy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't know there was so much information available about the history of the tube stations: how many more I had never heard of, how they came to be called their sometimes strange names and all the historical detail behind each of them. It was fascinating to read and there were so many more stations than I imagined. Why 'The Elephant & Castle' or 'The Angel Islington' for instance? Intriguing and interesting, if slightly on the long side. I thoroughly enjoyed travelling on my Kindle through the underground railway system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better presented
Interesting subject matter with lots of quirky facts thrown in, but the layout and basic presentation could have been done much better. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Biffo
5.0 out of 5 stars Underground history
If you ever wondered about the names on the wall of the tunnel of the tube you are travelling on, then you must read this!
Published 2 months ago by S M DIX
4.0 out of 5 stars A history of underground stations
A very interesting book with many facts about london and the underground would have liked a few more pictures of the stations
Published 3 months ago by MR.R.TILBROOK
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this - simple idea but interesting
Introduction and then a short chapter on each station on the Underground network. It made me want to go and find them all and look at the tiles, signs and architecture commented... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wendy
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof reading would have been a good start
What would have been an informative jaunt around the underground soon turns into irritation at the author and his editor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tax adviser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Really enjoyed this little book, it was a real Gem to dip into, the information is interesting and in some cases very surprising and amusing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A brilliant book full with facts and stories of how the London tube stations got their names. A must for any one interested in the Capitals history.
Published 7 months ago by anthony turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Ineresting
Not just about modern London's Tube system but a history of their names and areas way before a town every existed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beth Brewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Got the kindle version for about £2 it's fantastic. It tells you loads of little tidbits of history about the stations and surrounding areas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andy Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I got this because as I am a frequently use the London underground system I have often wondered how some of the stations got their names. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christian William moyle
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