nrseal 690x495 - The New River #2

The debate between the builders of the New River and the later, more famous waterways engineer, James Brindley, continues to be a part of debate. Was one or the other the more original concept in terms of waterways construction? In some respects neither were really original although the New RiverRead More →

DSC01958fi 690x495 - The New River

Sir Hugh Myddleton’s New River opened on this day 405 years ago. On Michaelmas Day 1613 itself there was a momentous event. An extravagant parade was led through the streets of Islington and the cheers went up when the first water entered the newly built Round Pond. The New RiverRead More →

IMG 0287fi - 85 years of the tube beyond Finsbury Park #2

In the first part of this series I looked at the new extension and its five stations north of Finsbury park, namely Manor House, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green, Bounds Green and Arnos Grove, these opened on 19th September 1932. The next section to open was north to Enfield West, aRead More →

DSC 0386fi - The Cockfosters Extension 1: Manor House

The Piccadilly Line’s extension to Cockfosters opened in September 1932. The only station not to have any substantial surface buildings was Manor House, the next up from Finsbury Park which too had barely any surface buildings acknowledging its presence except this dedicated entrance on Seven Sisters Road. Finsbury Park tubeRead More →

DSC 1715fi - 85 years of the tube beyond Finsbury Park

This September its eighty five years since the first part of the Piccadilly Line’s northern extension from Finsbury Park to Arnos Grove, was opened. Finsbury Park – terminus of the Piccadilly Line for 26 years until services were extended northwards. The five and half million pound and seven and halfRead More →

DSC 0121 - London's tube stations that began life as a terminus

When one asks which tube stations are true underground termini, Brixton, Walthamstow (both Victoria Line) and Bank, Waterloo (both Waterloo & City Line), Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo Line) plus Heathrow Terminal Five (Piccadilly Line) will most likely come to mind. There were loads more underground tube station termini at oneRead More →