This is, with no doubts, my favourite station that I’ve ever managed to visit during last years in Ldn. It would be anyone’s favourite anyway, the place is so beautiful and well let’s not forget about the TRAIN!
I could say it was just another night in Ldn. But to be perfectly honest this one was so different. Exploring this hidden gem, not just taking photographs but most important just being there, made this night unforgettable. And great companion, it always counts.
Sadly some times later all my pictures were gone due to the burnt hard drive and the only copies “magically”disappeared soon after.. I took me ages to retrieve them back.
Here is some history of the place:
Aldwych is a closed station on the London Underground, located in the City of Westminster in Central London. It was opened in 1907 with the name Strand, after the street on which it is located, and was the terminus and only station on the short Piccadilly linebranch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The station building is close to the Strand’s junction with Surrey Street, near Aldwych. During its lifetime, the branch was the subject of a number of unrealised extension proposals that would have seen the tunnels through the station extended southwards, usually to Waterloo.
Served mostly by a shuttle train and suffering from low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. Service was offered only during weekday peak hours from 1962 and finally discontinued altogether in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high for the income generated.
Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both world wars to shelter artworks from London’s public galleries and museums from bombing. The station has long been popular as a filming location and has appeared as itself and as other London Underground stations in a number of films. In recognition of its historical significance, the station is a Grade II listed building.
There are plenty of sites where you can find info about Aldwych, pictures, history etc – doesn’t matter how much you read, or how many pictures you see, nothing really compares to being there, surrounded by a magical atmosphere of the best abandoned station in Londondn.
On with the pictures:
And the TRAIN!
As you’ve probably noticed pictures are from different visits – some of them in the courtesy of a good friend xx