Mark Lane tube station

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Mark Lane
Place Mark Lane, City of London
Opened by Metropolitan Railway & Metropolitan District Railway
Platforms 2
Key dates Opened 1884
Closed 1967
Replaced by Tower Hill
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Mark Lane tube station is a disused station on the Circle and District lines of the London Underground.

It is named after Mark Lane, the street on which it is located, west of the modern Tower Hill station that replaced it in 1967.[1]


Location of Mark Lane station on an 1888 plan.

The station was originally opened on 6 October 1884[1] to replace the short-lived Tower of London station, which was closed when the Metropolitan Railway and Metropolitan District Railway were connected to form the Circle line and a new larger station had to be built.[2]

Mark Lane shown on part of a 1908 Tube map.

On 1 September 1946 the station was renamed from Mark Lane to Tower Hill.[1]

The station became disused due to overwhelming passenger numbers and there was little space available for expansion. It was closed on 4 February 1967, and the present Tower Hill station was opened as its replacement, on the same site as the original station that had closed in 1884.[1]

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 can still be read above an entrance.

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Circle line
towards Edgware Road
District line
towards Upminster



  1. ^ a b c d Rose 2007.
  2. ^ Simpson 2003, p. 24.


  • Simpson, Bill (2003). A History of the Metropolitan Railway 1. Witney: Lamplight Publications. ISBN 1-899246-07-X. 
  • Rose, Douglas (December 2007) [1980]. The London Underground: A Diagrammatic History (8th ed.). Harrow Weald: Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-315-0. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′38″N 0°4′48″W / 51.51056°N 0.08000°W / 51.51056; -0.08000