English Heritage added new 16 Tube stations to the 56 other stations already on the Listed Buildings register. Each is important in their own way, as three experts on the Tube’s history and heritage, some of the stations included might raise an eyebrow for two:
Distinguishing features: Boasts double Doric columns on its facade, a telltale sign of architect Stanley Heap’s work. Named Brent until the opening of the nearby shopping centre in 1976.
Expert’s view: “A neat little Grecian building. Heaps gave things a classical style here. Its well mannered – it must have been an eye-opener in its day. It was really about taking civic architecture to the suburbs.”
Mike Ashworth, design and heritage manager, London Underground
Distinguishing features: Leslie Green’s Caledonian Road uses lifts to transport passengers straight to platform level. It is truly step-free.
Expert’s view: “All Green’s stations were floodlit at night to enhance the prominence of the new public transport system. The platforms are one of the few pairs with the original coloured, patterned tiling virtually intact. All 46 Green stations had a different tile pattern, said to aid recognition by regular passengers.”
Mike Horne, Tube writer and former TFL employee
Distinguishing features: This 1924 station by Stanley Heaps was intended to kickstart the development of the area and is integrated into the shops either side of it.
Expert’s view: “Many of these stations show that good design is as much about function as it is about form. Subconsciously the average commuter probably enjoys the Doric columns – but consciously they definitely appreciate that the station’s wide entrance takes them quickly out on to four key roads as well.”
Gareth Edwards, London Reconnections blog
Distinguishing features: The farthest station from Central London. It feels more like a rural halt – hence the water tower, signal box and gable station entrance.
Expert’s view: “The thing that amazes me is you half expect the village doctor to be outside on his horse. It’s so marvellous that we have these outlying rural services on the Underground. Our customers like that heritage. It’s part of the feeling of that market town and it means a lot to the people of Chesham.”
Distinguishing features: Another Leslie Green station, opened in 1906. A concrete block was added on top in the 1960s.
Expert’s view: “Green was the architect brought in to design all 46 stations for the new London Tube lines, opened in 1906-07. The scale of the job meant that the stations were all designed to a similar formula. The generic design relied on putting a distinctive cladding around a then-novel, steel-framed structure which allowed commercial premises to be built above.”
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