Mornington Crescent tube station

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Mornington Crescent
London Underground
Mornington Crescent stn building.JPG
Entrance on Hampstead Road
Mornington Crescent is located in Central London
Mornington Crescent
Mornington Crescent
Location of Mornington Crescent in Central London
Location Mornington Crescent
Local authority London Borough of Camden
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Increase 4.67 million[1]
2011 Decrease 4.30 million[2]
2012 Increase 4.55 million[2]
2013 Increase 4.65 million[2]
Key dates
1907 Opened (CCE&HR)
1992 Closed (Northern line)
1998 Reopened
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1378713[3]
Added to list 24 April 1987
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°32′04″N 0°08′19″W / 51.5344°N 0.1386°W / 51.5344; -0.1386

Mornington Crescent is a London Underground station in Camden Town in north west London, named after the nearby street. The station is on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line, between Euston and Camden Town. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

The station was opened as part of the original route of the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (now the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line) on 22 June 1907. Prior to the station's opening, the name of "Seymour Street" had been proposed. After opening, it was little used, and for many years it was open only on weekdays, and before 1966 Edgware-bound trains passed through without stopping.

Location and position on the Northern Line[edit]

The station is situated at the southern end of Camden High Street, where it meets Hampstead Road and Eversholt Street. This junction forms the north-western corner of the boundary of Somers Town, with Camden Town situated to the north and Regent's Park Estate to the south of the station.

The station's location on the Northern Line is unusual due to the dual-branch nature of that line. On the Charing Cross branch, Mornington Crescent is between Camden Town and Euston. The City branch also runs from Camden Town to Euston, but via tunnels which take an entirely different route to the Charing Cross branch and which do not pass through Mornington Crescent. Although contemporary tube maps show Mornington Crescent to the west of the City branch tunnels, it is in fact to the east of them: the two branches cross over one another at Euston, so that between Euston and Camden Town, the City branch tunnels run to the west of the Charing Cross branch on which Mornington Crescent is situated. Harry Beck's 1933 tube map represented this correctly.

Closure and reopening[edit]

On 23 October 1992 the station was shut so that the then 85-year-old lifts could be replaced. The intention was to open it within one year. However, the state of neglect meant other work had to be completed, and the station was closed for most of the 1990s, amidst talk of it closing permanently.

However, a concerted campaign to reopen the station was launched, as the station is held in fond regard due to the popular BBC Radio 4 panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, which frequently features the game round Mornington Crescent, a game which takes its name from the station.

The station was reopened on 27 April 1998 by the regular cast of the show (Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) and a memorial plaque to the late Willie Rushton, one of the longest-serving panelists, was installed at the station in 2002.

During the station's rebuilding, the original distinctive light blue tiling pattern was restored to the station (though taking into account modern requirements). The ticket hall was reconstructed and the original emergency stairs closed. A second lift shaft was converted (losing the unnecessary extra two lifts) into a staircase on one side and a series of station facilities on the other.

Since its 1998 reopening, the station has been open at the same times as most other stations, including weekends, in an attempt to relieve the pressure on the increasingly busy nearby Camden Town station.

In popular culture[edit]

In film[edit]

  • The station was used as a location for the anthology film Tube Tales (1999).
  • It was also portrayed in the film Honest (2000), although the station actually used was Aldwych.
  • In Allt flyter (2008), Sara meets her mother (who's moved there from Sweden for a sportscasting job) outside the station during a Christmas trip to London.

In games[edit]

In literature[edit]

  • China Miéville mentions this station and its long state of disuse during the 1990s in his novel King Rat (1998), also using it as scene of a brutal murder by dismemberment via a passing train.
  • In The Atrocity Archives (2004) by Charles Stross, the secret main entrance to the extremely secret Government establishment (the "Laundry") which the protagonist Bob Howard works for is situated in the gentlemen's toilets of Mornington Crescent tube station.
  • In Christopher Fowler's "Bryant & May" mysteries, the offices of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are above Mornington Crescent tube station.
  • Mornington Crescent is used by Robert Rankin in many of his novels as the home of the Ministry of Serendipity, a fictional agency whose main activity is to ensure the British Empire rules the globe, via dealings with alien activity and suchlike, the top secret nature of the ministry being the main reason why the station was only open on weekdays and closed for "repairs" for much of the 1990s.

In music[edit]

  • Belle & Sebastian released a song entitled "Mornington Crescent" on their 2006 album, The Life Pursuit. Frontman Stuart Murdoch claimed he had fallen in love with the romance of this former closed station when passing it once.
  • My Life Story's 1995 album Mornington Crescent takes its name from the station, featuring photos in its sleeve notes.
  • The promotional video for "Be There" by UNKLE was filmed in this station.

Connections[edit]

London Buses Routes 24, 27, 29, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2 and Night Routes N5, N20, N28, N29, N31, N253 and N279 serve the station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Customer metrics: entries and exits: 2010". London Underground performance update. Transport for London. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "MORNINGTON CRESCENT LONDON RAILWAY TRANSPORT STATION INCLUDING FEATURES UNDERGROUND". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 

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Gallery[edit]

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Northern line
Charing Cross branch
towards Kennington or Morden (via Charing Cross)