Today is the 13th April 2018 (and its a Friday!) 150 years ago on this day the Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was opened – the opening day in 1868 was on a Monday! The Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was first incorporated on 29 July 1864 andRead More →

The refurbishment works at Euston Square is progressing – very slowly however. Its now eight months since TfL began its work to refurbish Euston Square! Apart from taking the old poster panels down, the station remained untouched for nearly six months, leaving commuters to enjoy and analyse the mysterious contentsRead More →

This is a follow up to the original Back of Waterloo post covering the history of those streets I wrote about in October last year, these being Roupell/Theed Streets, Cornwall Road etc. These historic thoroughfares are just a minute or two from the main Waterloo Station, whilst Waterloo East stationRead More →

London’s famous department store, Gamages, at 125-129 High Holborn, closed on this day in 1972. A. W. Gamage Ltd was one of the city’s leading stores, in fact Gamage himself innovated the idea of department stores well before Harry Selfridge came up with the idea and it was perhaps theRead More →

The London Mithraeum is the City’s latest historic site to open. Its part of the Bloomberg building which I have written about here. Formerly the Mithraeum was located some 100 yards to the north in what was considered a most unsuited setting, and worse, it wasn’t actually how it shouldRead More →

This week is the anniversary of the commencement of Piccadilly Line services from Northfields to Hounslow West on 13 March 1933. This day was also the start of the service at the other end of the Piccadilly Line, from Arnos Grove to Enfield West, a subject I have covered considerablyRead More →

Remember the Arnos Park viaduct mystery? How many arches did it actually have? Here’s another Arnos Park viaduct mystery. Well sort of – because the answer happens to be a massive balls up… Let me explain. Arnos Grove station has an exhibition on its footbridge detailing the history and constructionRead More →

The important anniversary everyone’s missed! It may come as a surprise to find the Underground’s just 110 years old this week. How can that be? The Metropolitan began in 1863 and the City & South London Railway 1890. The huge 150th Anniversary celebrations back in 2013. How then did theRead More →

Bodgers store in Ilford closed today (28 Feb 2018.) It was essentially the last of the iconic department stores the town once had. Other famed departmentals such as Wests, Harrison Gibsons, etc had succumbed many years ago. I always found Bodgers fascinating, being the more unusual of the Ilford departmentRead More →

Headstone Manor is a fascinating place! A couple of blogs (Ian Visits & Diamond Geezer) wrote about the re-opened historic venue some weeks back, nevertheless Headstone Manor is still a novelty because its not widely known – it’s certainly most recommended. The manor dates back to c1310 and its moatRead More →