South Wimbledon tube station

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South Wimbledon London Underground
South Wimbledon tube station surface building.jpg
The station entrance
South Wimbledon is located in Greater London
South Wimbledon
South Wimbledon
Location of South Wimbledon in Greater London
Location South Wimbledon
Local authority London Borough of Merton
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 3 and 4
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 3.60 million[1]
2011 Increase 3.75 million[1]
2012 Decrease 3.70 million[1]
2013 Increase 3.79 million[1]
Railway companies
Original company City and South London Railway
Key dates
1926 Opened
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1358037[2]
Added to list 25 June 1987
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°24′56″N 0°11′28″W / 51.415556°N 0.191°W / 51.415556; -0.191

South Wimbledon is a London Underground station in south-west London. The station is on the Northern line, situated between Colliers Wood and Morden stations. It is located on the corner of Merton High Street (A238) and Morden Road (A219). South Wimbledon is on the boundary between Travelcard Zone 3 and Zone 4.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 13 September 1926 as part of the Morden extension of the City & South London Railway south from Clapham Common.[3] On the original plan it had the name "Merton Grove".[4] For geographical accuracy, the station was shown as "South Wimbledon (Merton)" on tube maps from 1928,[5] the name was also modified on platform signage, though not on the station building at street level. From the early-1950s, the "(Merton)" part of the name fell out of use.[note 1]

Along with the other stations on the Morden extension, the building was designed by architect Charles Holden. They were Holden's first major project for the Underground.[6] He was selected by Frank Pick, general manager of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL), to design the stations after he was dissatisfied with designs produced by the UERL's own architect, Stanley Heaps.[7] Built with a shop to each side, the modernist design takes the form of a double-height box clad in white Portland stone with a three-part glazed screen on the front façade divided by columns of which the capitals are three-dimensional versions of the Underground roundel. The central panel of the screen contains a large version of the roundel. The station is a Grade II listed building.[2][note 2]

The station is the southernmost station on the London Underground network which has platforms in tunnels (Morden tube station is further south, but is an open cutting rather than tunnels). It is not actually in Wimbledon but was given this name as it was considered an advantage to indicate its proximity to Wimbledon rather than its actual location in Merton.

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 57, 93, 131, 152, 219, 470 and night route N155 serve the station.

Morden Road tram stop on Tramlink Route 3 is within walking distance of the station.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "(Merton)" appears on the 1949 tube map, but not on the 1951 map.
  2. ^ Holden's other stations on the Morden extension at Clapham South, Balham, Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway and Colliers Wood are also listed Grade II.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "London Regional Transport Station, Including Adjacent Shops to Left and Right (1358037)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Day, John R; Reed, John (2010) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (11th ed.). Capital Transport. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-85414-341-9. 
  4. ^ Cyril M. Harris. What's in a Name (2008 ed.). Capital Books/London Transport Museum. p. 64. ISBN 1-85414-241-0. 
  5. ^ Rose, Douglas (1999) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (7th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4. 
  6. ^ Martin, Andrew (2013) [2012]. Underground Overground. Profile Books. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-84668-478-4. 
  7. ^ Orsini, Fiona (2010). Underground Journeys: Charles Holden's designs for London Transport (PDF). V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Listed buildings and borough history". Wandsworth London Borough Council. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Listed Buildings: A Guide for Owners (PDF) (Report). Merton London Borough Council. p. 11. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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