Lord's tube station
|Location||St John's Wood|
|Number of platforms||2|
|13 April 1868||Opened as St. John's Wood Road|
|1 April 1925||Rebuilt; renamed St. John's Wood|
|11 June 1939||Renamed Lord's|
|19 November 1939||Closed|
|Replaced by||St. John's Wood|
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It was opened in 1868 by the Metropolitan Railway on its Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway line, which is now part of the Underground's Metropolitan line. It was known by a number of different names throughout its history, but its name upon closure in 1939 was taken from the nearby Lord's Cricket Ground.
The station was opened on 13 April 1868 as St. John's Wood Road. It was on the Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway, the first northward branch extension from Baker Street to Swiss Cottage of the Metropolitan Railway (MR), the precursor to today's Metropolitan line. The station was located at the junction of St. John's Wood Road, Wellington Road and Park Road.
The original station building was cramped and unable to cope with peak demand during matches at the nearby Lord's Cricket Ground. It was demolished and reconstructed in 1924–25 to a design by the MR's architect Charles W. Clark with a larger building that enclosed the space above the platforms with a concrete slab to form a parking garage under the original glazed platform roof. Upon reopening, the station's name was shortened to St. John's Wood on 1 April 1925. It was renamed again on 11 June 1939 to Lord's.
In the mid-1930s the Metropolitan line was suffering congestion at the south end of its main route where trains from its many branches shared the limited capacity between Finchley Road and Baker Street. To ease this congestion, deep-level tunnels were built between Finchley Road station and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street station. On 20 November 1939, the Metropolitan line's service to Stanmore was transferred to the Bakerloo line and diverted to Baker Street via the new tunnels. A new Bakerloo line station named St. John's Wood was opened to replace Lord's station. It had been the intention of the Underground's management to close Lord's station to normal services, but retain it for temporary use during top-class cricket matches, but the advent of World War II meant that this plan was abandoned and the station closed permanently on 19 November 1939.
The surface building survived until the late 1960s, when it was demolished. The site is now occupied by a hotel.
Other Metropolitan line stations that closed with the opening of the Bakerloo line tunnels:
- Connor, J.E. (1999). London's Disused Underground Stations. Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-250-X.
- Horne, Mike (2001). The Bakerloo Line: An Illustrated History. Harrow: Capital Transport. pp. 46–8. ISBN 978-1-85414-248-1.
- Rose, Douglas (1999). The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History. Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-219-4.
- London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
- Disused stations – Lords
- London's Abandoned Tube Stations – Lords
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