Primrose Hill railway station

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Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill Railway Station.jpg
The station in 1986
PlacePrimrose Hill
AreaLondon Borough of Camden
Coordinates51°32′35″N 0°09′17″W / 51.543179°N 0.154672°W / 51.543179; -0.154672Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 0°09′17″W / 51.543179°N 0.154672°W / 51.543179; -0.154672
Grid referenceTQ279843
Original companyNorth London Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Platforms2 (originally 4)
9 June 1851Original station opened as Hampstead Road[1]
5 May 1855Second station opened due West[1]
1 December 1862Renamed as Chalk Farm[1][2]
1 January 1917Closed[2]
10 July 1922Re-opened[2]
25 September 1950Renamed as Primrose Hill[2][3]
28 September 1992Closed[3]
December 2008Platform buildings demolished
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Primrose Hill was a railway station at Primrose Hill, in the London Borough of Camden, London, England.

It was opened on 5 May 1855 as Hampstead Road,[1] replacing an earlier station of that name (opened 9 June 1851). It was renamed Chalk Farm on 1 December 1862[2] and became Primrose Hill on 25 September 1950.[3] The station closed on 28 September 1992.[3]


The station was at the junction of the line west from Camden Road on the North London Line and the West Coast Main Line. There were platforms on both lines; they could be seen from trains using Euston. The platforms serving Euston closed in 1915. The remaining passenger service was, usually during peak hours only, between Broad Street and Watford Junction. After Broad Street closed in 1986 the service ran to Liverpool Street, and by the time Primrose Hill station closed only one passenger train a day was using the line.

A 1903 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (left) railways in the vicinity of Primrose Hill (shown here as Chalk Farm N.L.)

When the sweep of the North London Line through Hampstead Heath is closed for emergencies or engineering work, the route through Primrose Hill is a viable diversion for North London Line services to access Willesden Junction (Low Level).

The area is served by the nearby Chalk Farm station on the Northern line of the London Underground.

The station entrance in 1990

The station building still exists, and is occupied by a shop. It is on Bridge Approach at one end of the pedestrianised bridge over the railway tracks. Nearby is The Roundhouse, an 1847 turntable engine shed, now used as an entertainment venue.

The platform canopies and the buildings supporting them were demolished by Network Rail in December 2008.[4]


The possible future London Overground network
Location of Primrose Hill station
South Hampstead
Primrose Hill tunnels
Northern line Edgware branch
Chalk Farm
Primrose Hill (1855–1992)
Hampstead Road (1851–1855)
WCML to Euston
Northern line Barnet branch
Camden Town
Camden Road

It has been proposed[citation needed] to re-open Primrose Hill station by bringing the short stretch of line between South Hampstead and Camden Road stations back into the regular passenger service by incorporating it into the London Overground network.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Camden Road
Line closed, station open
  North London-Watford Link
(LNWR suburban system)
  South Hampstead
Line closed, station open

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 113
  2. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 57
  3. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 191
  4. ^ "Disused rail station demolished". BBC News. BBC Online. 4 January 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2009. Network Rail said the buildings had fallen into disrepair and the track was still live so, for safety reasons, they were demolished. Campaigners maintained the station should have been reopened to ease congestion on other lines.


External links[edit]

Media related to Primrose Hill railway station at Wikimedia Commons