Mark Lane tube station

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Mark Lane
Mark Lane is located in Central London
Mark Lane
Mark Lane
Location of Mark Lane in Central London
Location City of London
Owner Metropolitan Railway & District Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
6 October 1884 (1884-10-06) Opened
4 February 1967 (1967-02-04) Closed
Replaced by Tower Hill
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 Coordinates: 51°30′38″N 0°4′48″W / 51.51056°N 0.08000°W / 51.51056; -0.08000
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

Mark Lane (latterly Tower Hill) is a disused station on the London Underground. It was served by the Circle and District lines.

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


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 planned 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.



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


  • 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. 

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Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Edgware Road (via Victoria)
Circle line
towards Edgware Road (via Aldgate)
District line
towards Upminster