Mark Lane tube station
|Place||City of London|
|Opened by||Metropolitan Railway & District Railway|
|Key dates||Opened 6 October 1884
Closed 4 February 1967
|Replaced by||Tower Hill|
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Mark Lane station was opened on 6 October 1884 to replace the short-lived Tower of London station, which was closed when the Metropolitan Railway and District Railway were connected to form the Circle line and a larger station was required.
Mark Lane was planned to have been named Seething Lane, however the station was ultimately given the former name upon opening. On 1 September 1946 the station was renamed Tower Hill.
The station was earmarked for closure due to overwhelming passenger numbers and little space available for expansion. It was closed on 4 February 1967 and the present Tower Hill station was opened as its replacement, located on the same site as the Tower of London station that had closed in 1884.
The sub-surface section of Mark Lane station can still be seen between Monument and Tower Hill, though only one platform on the eastbound track now remains due to redevelopment of the track. The surface station, sited in Seething Lane, can be seen in the form of a subway under the road, where large white grilles now cover the original stairways down to the platforms.
The offices above the station were called Mark Lane Station Buildings, and this sign can still be read above an entrance on Byward Street.
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
towards Edgware Road
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