Leman Street railway station

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Leman Street
Leman Street is located in Greater London
Leman Street
Leman Street
Location of Leman Street in Greater London
Location Whitechapel
Local authority Tower Hamlets
Number of platforms 2
Railway companies
Original company London and Blackwall Railway
Pre-grouping London and Blackwall Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 June 1877 (1877-06-01) Opened
22 May 1916 Temporarily closed
1 July 1919 Reopened
7 July 1941 (1941-07-07) Permanently closed
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal
UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°30′40″N 0°04′05″W / 51.5111°N 0.0681°W / 51.5111; -0.0681

Leman Street was a railway station on the main line from Fenchurch Street to Blackwall in east London. It was situated on the east side of Leman Street, near Cable Street, in the parish of Whitechapel.[1]

Leman Street was opened by the London and Blackwall Railway on 1 June 1877,[2] despite having been completed four years earlier; opening was delayed after safety inspectors requested a number of enhancements and modifications. It was located close to the site of the former Cannon Street Road station which was open between 1842 and 1848 on the same route. During the First World War, Leman Street was closed in May 1916 as a wartime economy measure but reopened in July 1919. After years of decreasing usage, it closed permanently in on 7 July 1941[2] when operated by the London and North Eastern Railway, along with the neighbouring Shadwell & St. Georges East station.

Much of Leman Street station was demolished in the mid-1950s, but the street-level building and one platform remained. Today, there are no obvious remains of the station as those that did remain were demolished during the construction of the Docklands Light Railway in the late 1980s. Trains on the main line from Fenchurch Street now run directly to Limehouse without stopping.


  1. ^ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/leman_street/
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, Colin; McCarthy, David (2009). Railways of Britain: London North of the Thames. Ian Allan Publishing. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-7110-3346-7. 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Fenchurch Street   London & Blackwall