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Posted: January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Aldwych station is one of many disused stations on the London Underground network. The station opened in 1907 under its original name ‘Strand’ as a branch of the Piccadilly line south of Holborn but was never heavily used, and after facing multiple closures during its lifespan the doors to Aldwych were finally closed in 1994.

Despite being in use for 87 years the station was never fully finished; only one set of stairs and passages to the platforms, and about half the platform area, was fully completed. Some of the unfinished areas have since been used to experiment with tiling and fixtures when planning décor for other stations on the network. 

During the Blitz in the 1940’s the station was used as an air raid shelter and housed up to 1500 people, to control numbers only those with valid tickets could enter. Valuable artwork from various museums was also stored in the station for protection during this period, including the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum. 

Since its closure the station has been used as a filming location for film and TV productions, often disguised as other stations on the tube to avoid disruption. Productions featuring Aldwych include Atonement (2007), V for Vendetta (2005), The Edge of Love (2008), 28 Weeks Later (2007) and the music video for the Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’. 

Due to its historical significance, Aldwych station is now as Grade II listed building.

[Photographs of the abandoned Aldwych station.  The tiled entrance on the Strand, still marked with the original name ‘Strand station’, nestled between buildings belonging to King’s College.  White-tiled tubular corridors and platforms.  An old grey train standing unused at a platform.  Old posters from the 1940s advertising stock cubes and canned food, promoting variety shows, and encouraging mothers to evacuate their children to the countryside.  A platform and tunnel stripped of tiles, showing the underlying concrete ribs.  Yellowing signs saying ‘station closed’.]

Posted: April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Whenever I watch Thor 2 I always get urked by one scene where he’s at Charring Cross and the lady tells him North Greenwich is 2 stops away – It’s not. It’s two stops on the Northern Line then he has to change at Waterloo station (which is huge) and then take the Jubilee. 


So every time I watch the movie I just imagine Thor wondering around waterloo station lost trying to look for the Jubilee line




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