Hammersmith (Grove Road) railway station

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Hammersmith (Grove Road)
Hammersmith Railway Map, 1889.jpg
1889 railway map of Hammersmith showing Grove Road station
Location Hammersmith
Owner London and South Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
1 January 1869 (1869-01-01) Opened
5 June 1916 (1916-06-05) Closed
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Hammersmith (Grove Road) was a railway station on the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), located on Grove Road (now Hammersmith Grove) in Hammersmith, west London. It was opened in 1869 and closed in 1916.

For much of its existence, the station was also served by the Metropolitan Railway (MR; the precursor to today's Metropolitan line) and the Great Western Railway (GWR). Its site was adjacent to another station named Hammersmith, which today is served by the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

LSWR trains serving Hammersmith (Grove Road) ran from Waterloo via Addison Road (now called Kensington (Olympia)) to Richmond. MR and GWR trains ran from Paddington via the Hammersmith & City Railway (HCR; now the Hammersmith & City line) and also on to Richmond.


Hammersmith (Grove Road), as it was officially named but often referred to as simply Hammersmith, was opened on 1 January 1869 by the LSWR on a new branch line from a junction with the West London Joint Railway (WLJR) north of Addison Road to Richmond via Turnham Green.[1]

Gunnersbury to Kensington Olympia (LSWR)
District and Piccadilly Lines
Chiswick Park
Turnham Green
Stamford Brook
Ravenscourt Park
Hammersmith (District)
District and Piccadilly lines
Hammersmith (H&C)
Hammersmith (Grove Road)
Hammersmith Depot
Hammersmith & City line
Shepherd's Bush
West London Line
Kensington (Olympia)
District and West London Lines

To the north of Hammersmith (Grove Road) the line ran parallel with the HCR before passing under the line and turning through a wide arc south of Shepherd's Bush before reaching the WLJR at a southward pointing junction. To the west of the station, the line became what is now the District line to Richmond, starting just to the east of Ravenscourt Park.

In 1870, Grove Junction was built north of the station connecting the HCR and LSWR tracks, enabling GWR trains on the HCR to access Hammersmith (Grove Road) and run on to Richmond.[1] However, the GWR service ran for only a few months during 1870.[1]

In June 1877, the District Railway (DR; now the District line) opened an extension from its own Hammersmith station to a junction (Studland Road Junction) to connect to the LSWR tracks east of Ravenscourt Park. From 1 October 1877, the MR began to run trains through Hammersmith (Grove Road) to Richmond.[1] From 1 January 1894, the GWR also initiated services along this route.[1]

Abandoned viaduct on approach to Hammersmith (Grove Road)

The more direct route of the DR into central London had a competitive advantage over the other operators of the Richmond service and gradually the other railway companies ended their operations on the Richmond branch. MR services ended on 31 December 1906, shortly after the HCR tracks from Paddington were electrified. GWR services continued until 31 December 1910 and LSWR services continued until 3 June 1916 when the loop line between the Studland Road Junction and Addison Road was closed.[1] The section west of the junction remains part of the District line.

In 1919 the Central London Railway (CLR; today's Central line) published plans to build a tunnelled link from west of its Shepherd's Bush station to the disused tracks north of the station so that it might run trains to Richmond via Hammersmith (Grove Road) and Turnham Green.[2] Although authorisation was granted in 1920,[3] the connection was never realised.

Hammersmith (Grove Road) was demolished and the loop line to the WLJR was removed, although remnants of the viaduct at the Studland Road Junction where the LSWR tracks turned north-east are still visible west of the current Hammersmith station on the District and Piccadilly lines. The station site is now occupied by an office block on Hammersmith Grove.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hammersmith & City Line, History, The Hammersmith & City Railway". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 2000-04-09. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 31656. p. 14473. 25 November 1919.
  3. ^ Central London and Metropolitan District Railway Companies (Works) Act, 1920
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Ravenscourt Park
towards Richmond
  London and South Western Railway
  Shepherd's Bush
towards West Brompton
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
Ravenscourt Park
towards Richmond
  Metropolitan Railway
  Shepherd's Bush
towards Paddington
  Abandoned Plans  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Richmond
Central line

Coordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°13′33″W / 51.49444°N 0.22583°W / 51.49444; -0.22583