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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing; 4th Revised edition edition (14 Dec 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854142410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854142412
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By K. Maroukian on 8 Jan 2007
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Cyril M. Harris has seriously researched the history of most London tube stations and has included a lot of photos from the 1910s and onwards, which makes it a lot more interesting. There is no historical information on London tube ghost stations but the list present in this book makes it one of a kind.

One day I took the book with me on the tube and I read the paragraphs devoted to each of the stations my train crossed one by one. It was like living history all over again. Try it! It might break the routine.

I would highly recommend Harris's book to anyone interested in the history of the London Underground network and for those interested in a bit of London sightseeing in the 1910s-1950s.
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb 2005
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At 84 pages and of small size ( 4 3/8" x 7"), this paperback will easily slide into your backpack on your next trip to London.
WHAT'S IN A NAME alphabetically lists roughly 270 stations - I counted twice, with a different result each time - of the Underground, and another 34 of the Docklands Light Rail system. The name's origin, the year the station opened, and the name changes that have since occurred are described for each. A typical entry:
"DEBDEN takes its name from a natural location of the area and is recorded as Deppendana in the Domesday Book. It is derived from the Old English DEP, 'deep' and DEN, 'valley' - which means simply 'the deep valley'. It was recorded as Depeden in 1227. The station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway as Chigwell Road on 24 April 1865, and re-named Chigwell Lane on 1 December 1865. It was again renamed as Debden on 25 September 1949 when first used by Underground trains."
The book is liberally sprinkled with black and white photos of the stations or their immediate environs. Most date from the early 20th century, and none are later than, say, 1955.
Surprisingly, the book includes no overall schematic of the Underground system - not even on the back of the back cover, where it usually makes an appearance.
WHAT'S IN A NAME is for Tube obsessives, or for those whose hobby is the derivation of English place names. Anyone else may find it as interesting reading as a dictionary. Despite my love for London and its Underground, I'm ambivalent.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Derbeno on 11 April 2002
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An excellent book that gives full detail of each station on the London Underground system including those no longer in use. It traces back the name of the station and thus the origin of well-known London places and suburbs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis on 29 April 2011
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This informative book gives the history of station names of the London Underground and Dockland Light Rail and their meanings. Proposed names which were never used are also mentioned. Interesting pictures are used to show various areas of London during the late 1800's and 1900's, some of which are recognisable and some of which look alien to how they are today.

Who would have known that Knightsbridge was recorded as Cnihtebricge in 1046 and as Knyghtsbrugg in 1364?
Who would have known that the Underground station at Victoria opened on 24 December, 1868?
Who would have known that the name of 'East Barnet and Merryhills' was considered for the station that opened with the name of 'Enfield West' on 13 March, 1933 and then changed it's name on 1 September, 1946 to 'Oakwood'?
Who would have known that the station of 'Elephant and Castle' was named after a tavern which was then demolished in 1959?

As a Londoner, I regularly use the Underground but never appreciated the history of the areas it serves. This book has managed to give me a deeper understanding of my own city.

An enjoyable read and highly recommended for those interested in old London.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Abbott on 25 Feb 2011
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I picked this book up while I was at TfL Museum in Covent Garden and couldn't put it down as I travelled back up north on the train. It's a fun little book full of interesting facts about all the stations on the Underground and even though I'm not from around those parts, I still enjoyed reading up about all these places. Great buy for a Railfan or for something to read if you're ever stuck on the Underground
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Maxwell on 24 July 2010
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One of the other reviews states that it includes stations no longer in use, but it doesn't, and in fairness it does say quite explicitly on the front cover that it doesn't. I can't say it's the most exciting of books. There are a few photos, but it could have been a lot more interesting if it had included stations no longer in use, such as the Aldwych, Museum, or Ongar, and perhaps a little more about the stations and how some of them developed into underground stations even though they weren't built as such. To be honest I've looked at this once and I'll probably drop it into a charity shop now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mb on 8 April 2014
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This book was bought for a train enthusiast who loved it. Containing as it does some history of the Underground, it is interesting for non-train-geeks too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie R on 27 Dec 2009
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My son works with the London Underground network and has always shown interest in old stations, etc. so thought this would be of interest for Christmas. He absolutely loved it and was really delighted to find out more about the Station Names of London Understound
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