Blake Hall tube station

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Blake Hall
Blake Hall station.jpg
Place Greensted
Local authority Epping Forest
Opened by Eastern Counties Railway
Platforms 1
Key dates Opened 24 April 1865
Closed 2 November 1981
Replaced by none
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View westward, towards Epping in 1961

Blake Hall station is a disused station[1] in Essex on the Central line of the London Underground[2] between North Weald and Ongar.[3] It was named after Blake Hall, a country house located a mile or so to the north east of the station in the village of Bobbingworth, and inhabited by a family of substantial local land owners. The station was built as part of the landlord's agreement to build a railway through his land.[4][not in citation given]


The station was opened by the Eastern Counties Railway on 1 April 1865,[5] serving principally as a goods station taking agricultural produce from the nearby farms into central London.[6] Steam locomotives operated by British Railways for the Underground ran a shuttle service from Epping to Ongar (stopping at Blake Hall) from 1949 to 1957, when the line was electrified and taken over by the Underground's Central line.[7] On 18 April 1966 the goods yard was closed.[8]

The station became known as the least used on the entire Underground. Fare subsidies provided on the rest of the Underground system were not provided on this part of the line because local government agencies for Essex and London failed to agree on their respective public transport responsibilities, and Blake Hall station was located a considerable distance from any substantial settlement. By the time it was closed on 31 October 1981,[9] the station was reported to have only 17 passengers a day.[10] The Epping to Ongar branch was closed 13 years later, on 30 September 1994.[11] The station building has been converted into a private home.

The small coal depot at the western end of the station was closed in the early 1960s, soon after the line's electrification, and the passenger platform has been demolished.

Epping Ongar Railway[edit]

The line passing the station site is now private, run as a heritage railway by the Epping Ongar Railway.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "London's Abandoned Tube Stations - Blake Hall". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ Bruce & Croome 2006, pp. 61,72
  3. ^ "London's Abandoned Tube Stations - Epping to Ongar branch". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  4. ^ Demuth 2003, p. ?
  5. ^ Brown 2006, p. 6
  6. ^ Croome & Jackson 1981, p. ?
  7. ^ Horne 1987, p. ?
  8. ^ Hardy 2011, pp. 175–183
  9. ^ "Photo collection of Blake Hall station in 1981". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  10. ^ Menear 1983, p. ?
  11. ^ Day & Reed 2005, p. 202
  12. ^ Skinner, Paul (2011). "Epping Ongar Railway". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  • Brown, Joe (November 2006). London Railway Atlas. Hersham, UK: Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7110-3137-1. 0611/3. 
  • Bruce, J. Graeme; Croome, Desmond F. (2006) [1996]. The Central Line (2nd ed.). Harrow, London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-297-6. 
  • Croome, Desmond F.; Jackson, A.A. (1981). Rails through the Clay. Harrow, UK: Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN 1-85414-151-1. 
  • Day, John R.; Reed, John (2005) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (9th ed.). Harrow, London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-289-5. 
  • Demuth, Tim (2003). The Spread of London's Underground. Harrow, London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-266-6. 
  • Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News (London Underground Railway Society) (591). ISSN 0306-8617. 
  • Horne, M.A.C. (1987). A Short History of the Central Line. London Transport/Douglas Rose & Nebulous Books. ISBN 0-85329-055-5. 
  • Lee, Charles Edward (May 1970). Seventy Years of the Central. Westminster, London: London Transport. ISBN 0-85329-013-X. 570/1111/RP/5M. 
  • Menear, L. (1983). London Underground Stations: a social and architectural study. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Midas. ISBN 0-85936-124-1. 

External links[edit]

Disused railways
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Epping
Central line
Epping-Ongar branch

Coordinates: 51°42′41″N 0°12′16″E / 51.71134°N 0.20444°E / 51.71134; 0.20444