- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing; 2nd edition (1 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185414250X
- ISBN-13: 978-1854142504
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
London's Disused Underground Stations Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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'Ghost' stations are the Underground stations which are no longer in use. Some have disappeared totally, others have left traces which can be seen to this day when going by on an Underground train.
There's always been something fascinating about the Underground, whether it's the trains or just the underground passages, the thoughts of a subterranean area has always stirred inquisitive thoughts in people's minds.
This book is very entertaining and well worth the price as it provides an insight into the past aswell as the architecture aspects, such as the tunnelling and the buildings at street level. It gives information of the current situation of the stations (if part, or fully, intact) and to their locations, and also the condition of the overground stations and buildings (if they are there to this day, and what they are used for). This allows the inhabitants of and visitors to London the chance to further explore this fascinating subject.
Author J.C. Connor describes the life histories of 21 Tube stations that have been taken off-line since 1900: King William Street, North End, Hounslow Town, City Road, South Kentish Town, Park Royal & Twyford Abbey, Down Street, York Road, British Museum, Brompton Road, Osterley Park & Spring Grove, St. Mary's (Whitechapel Road), Uxbridge, Lords, Malborough Road, Swiss Cottage (Metropolitan Line), Wood Lane, South Acton, White City, Aldwych, and Charing Cross (Jubilee Line). The twenty-one appear in chronological order based on the year of closure; King William Street, closed in 1900, comes first, and Charing Cross, closed in 1999, comes last. Ten of the twenty-one shut their doors in the 1930s.
Connor's narrative style is bone-dry and relatively unembellished with anything other than hard facts. A small sampling of text concerning York Road (closed 1932) is representative of the book's tone:
"The street level building was sited on the corner of York Road (now York Way) and Bingfield Street, and was designed by the architect Leslie William Green. It was built by the firm of Ford & Walton Ltd. at a cost of (pounds sterling) 8,176 and was clad in (pounds sterling) 1,022.5.9d's worth of glazed ruby-red tiling by the Leeds Fireclay Company."
And, regarding this station's remnants:
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The book has a lot of information in about stations which are no longer in use and in some cases no longer in existence.
A great read, and combined with a good walk round London you can take in a lot of history which would otherwise blend into the background and remain hidden.
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Bought for husband he loves it and has now found lots of stations to go and see which he was not aware ofPublished 10 months ago by helen
Very interesting it makes a lot of pleasure to poke around in this poke.Published 19 months ago by pmpberlin