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Going Underground

Aldwych is a closed station on the London Underground, located in the City of Westminster in Central London. It was opened in 1907 with the name Strand, after the street on which it is located, and was the terminus of the short Piccadilly line branch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The station building is close to the Strand's junction with Surrey Street, near Aldwych. During its lifetime, the branch was the subject of a number of unrealised extension proposals that would have seen the tunnels through the station extended southwards, usually to Waterloo.

Served mostly by a shuttle train and having low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. Service was offered only during weekday peak hours from 1962 and discontinued in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high for the income generated.

Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both world wars to shelter artworks from London's public galleries and museums from bombing. The station has long been popular as a filming location and has appeared as itself and as other London Underground stations in a number of films. In recognition of its historical significance, the station is a Grade II listed building.

The station is surrounded by King's College buildings today, including purpose-built floors above dating to 1930.

Going Underground

Aldwych is a closed station on the London Underground, located in the City of Westminster in Central London. It was opened in 1907 with the name Strand, after the street on which it is located, and was the terminus of the short Piccadilly line branch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The station building is close to the Strand's junction with Surrey Street, near Aldwych. During its lifetime, the branch was the subject of a number of unrealised extension proposals that would have seen the tunnels through the station extended southwards, usually to Waterloo.

Served mostly by a shuttle train and having low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. Service was offered only during weekday peak hours from 1962 and discontinued in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high for the income generated.

Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both world wars to shelter artworks from London's public galleries and museums from bombing. The station has long been popular as a filming location and has appeared as itself and as other London Underground stations in a number of films. In recognition of its historical significance, the station is a Grade II listed building.

The station is surrounded by King's College buildings today, including purpose-built floors above dating to 1930.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Mar 2019, 00:32
I like those bikes in the front, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Proper bikes Ray
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 16 Mar 2019, 01:03
i've seen pics of structures with a very similar architectural style in New York City. as i recall, they were old stables for police horses.


love, love this capture
Bill Phillips: It is a charming relic
Cool!
Bill Phillips: It is rather smile
Jolie forme arrondie pour la fenêtre.
Bill Phillips: It rather makes it for me Martine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Mar 2019, 06:59
Very interesting, thank you for the history lesson. I like that tiled frontage
Bill Phillips: Rather splendid isn't it?
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 16 Mar 2019, 07:01
All good stuff
Bill Phillips: Ta comrade
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Mar 2019, 07:52
Also a 'Once was'- picture from your London visit- thank you for your fine information!
Bill Phillips: Ah yes a once was indeed
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Mar 2019, 07:56
What does mean RLY?
I recall walking by this more than once and almost took a ride on that branch but then didn't. I'm not surprised it was closed although when I stopped working in london in 1977 it was still open.
Bill Phillips: It finally closed in 1994 apparently
On a smaller scale, Bill, but it resembles my home town fire station
Bill Phillips: It does have that sort of look Beverly
the old station is nicely framed Bill... thanks for the history lesson....petersmile
Bill Phillips: My pleasure Peter smile
Interesting to hear all this
Bill Phillips: Where would we be without Wiki?

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