Lord's tube station

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Lord's
Location
Place St John's Wood
History
Opened by Metropolitan Railway
Platforms 2
13 April 1868 (1868-04-13) Opened as St. John's Wood Road
1 April 1925 Rebuilt; renamed St. John's Wood
11 June 1939 Renamed Lord's
19 November 1939 (1939-11-19) Closed
Replaced by St. John's Wood
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Lord's is a disused London Underground station, open between 1868 and 1939 on what is now the Underground's Metropolitan line.

History[edit]

The station was opened as St John's Wood Road on 13 April 1868 on the Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway, the first northward branch extension from Baker Street to Swiss Cottage of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Underground's Metropolitan line). The station was located at the junction of St John's Wood Road, Wellington Road and Park Road.

The original station building was cramped and unable to cope with peak demand during cricket matches at nearby Lord's Cricket Ground. It was demolished and reconstructed to a design by the Metropolitan Railway's architect Charles W. Clark in 1924–5 with a larger building that enclosed the space above the platforms with a concrete slab to form a parking garage under the original glazed platform roof.[1] The station was renamed to St John's Wood on 1 April 1925 and to Lord's on 11 June 1939.[2]

In the mid-1930s the Metropolitan line was suffering congestion at the south end of its main route where trains from its many branches shared the limited capacity between Finchley Road and Baker Street. To ease this congestion, deep-level tunnels were built between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street. On 20 November 1939, the Metropolitan line's service to Stanmore was transferred to the Bakerloo line and diverted to Baker Street via the new tunnels.[3] A new Bakerloo line station at St John's Wood was opened to replace Lord's station. It had been the intention of the Underground's management to close Lord's station to normal services, but retain it for temporary use during important cricket matches, but the advent of World War II meant that this plan was abandoned and the station closed permanently on 19 November 1939.[2][4]

The surface building survived until the late 1960s before it was demolished.[4] The site is now occupied by a hotel.

See also[edit]

Other Metropolitan line stations that closed with the opening of Bakerloo tunnels:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connor 1999, p. 66–7.
  2. ^ a b Rose 1999.
  3. ^ Horne 2001, pp. 46–8.
  4. ^ a b Connor 1999, p. 69.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Connor, J.E. (1999). London's Disused Underground Stations. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-250-X. 
  • Horne, Mike (2001). The Bakerloo Line: An Illustrated History. Harrow: Capital Transport. pp. 46–8. ISBN 978-1-85414-248-1. 
  • Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°31′48″N 0°10′09″W / 51.53000°N 0.16917°W / 51.53000; -0.16917