Mark Lane tube station

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This article is about a closed tube station originally named Mark Lane but later known as Tower Hill. For the current Tower Hill tube station, see Tower Hill tube station.
Mark Lane
MarkLaneSubway2.jpg
Location
Place City of London
History
Opened by Metropolitan Railway & District Railway
Platforms 2
Key dates Opened 6 October 1884
Closed 4 February 1967
Replaced by Tower Hill
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Mark Lane (latterly Tower Hill) is a disused station on the London Underground. It was served by the Circle and District lines.

It takes its name from Mark Lane, the street on which it is located, west of the current Tower Hill station that replaced it in 1967.[1]

History[edit]

Location of Mark Lane station on an 1888 plan.

Mark Lane station was opened on 6 October 1884[1] 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.[2]

Mark Lane shown on part of a 1908 Tube map.

Mark Lane was 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.[1]

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.[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 sign can still be read above an entrance on Byward Street.

References[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

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

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 

External links[edit]

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