Old feel stations

Ladder23

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Hi all,

I did a short pass this evening on the Met from Chesham to Chalfont, it was a first for me riding this end of the map. I noticed both stations had a lovely old feel to them, particularly C&L.

I am really keen to know what other stations would have the same type of look and feel, not just on the Metropolitan but all lines, I would appreciate any suggestions as I would like to get a list together of stations to visit in due course.

cheers
 
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bluegoblin7

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Much of the east end of the Central line (beyond Leytonstone on both branches) has the same sort of 'feel' as the top end of the Met. Woodside Park and Totteridge & Whetstone also spring to mind on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line - but again much of that branch beyond East Finchley is of a similar feel. Essentially there are all former 'mainline' parts of the network, so have a distinctive 'mainline' feel as opposed to the more traditional LT styles.

North Ealing on the Piccadilly line, Stanmore on the Jubilee line and Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Watford and Ruislip on the Met would also be in with a good shout.
 

Ladder23

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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I’ll gladly look them all up and make a plan!
 

RichJF

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The Clapham Northern line stations with central island platforms. Purely due to the fact they still have the central Victorian island platforms!

A lot of the Bakerloo stations are 'oldy-worldy' feel.
 

leytongabriel

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Further in, Leyton (Central line) still has an old-style mainline station feel at platform level with a lockable southbound waiting room. The damp quietness of Buckhurst Hill takes some beating. Some of the well-preserved 1930's stations too have an old-style tube feel like Bethnal Green on the Central line, Manor House to Cockfosters on the Piccadilly or the Sudburys.
 

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Not a trendy place - but East Ham (Grade 2 listed) and very Edwardian , the westbound platform has a painted sign advertising tea for 2d (two old pence)
 

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Some of the stations towards Wimbledon on the District line might be relevant here too
Southfields and Wimbledon Park have identical buildings at street level and similar platforms, canopies etc. Southfields, the busier of the two (especially in Wimbledon fortnight) has been modified somewhat though not enough to destroy the feel; WP is I imagine very similar to how it must have looked in LSWR days. Putney Bridge, north of the river, was the last District Railway station towards Wimbledon as the LSWR maintained the route from then on (as, until it was abolished, British Rail did): it too has a classic Victorian railway feel with fret-boarded canopies and wooden platform buildings. So does Parsons Green two stops north.

[edited to say, I'd forgotten my favourite, Hammersmith H&C terminus (across the road from the District/Piccadilly station). Built I think by the Great Western Railway (it still has GWR benches on the platforms) it could be the end of a country branch line in Wiltshire if it weren't for the crowds and the ticket barriers... some of the recent, doubtless necessary, alterations have destroyed the rural atmosphere somewhat.]
 

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I'd suggest east end of the District, once it is running parallel with c2c, will all be originally mainline stations. Of course the larger important transfer ones will have lost that, but the intermediate ones should fit that bill.
 

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Swiss Cottage and St John's Wood have really nice escalators, a real 30s style.

St John's Wood is especially nice, the platform and station building retain the 30's ambience
 

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Not so much vintage but the district line stations along the embankment always make me think of 1960s London.
 

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I have a soft spot for the stations like Marylebone and Arsenal which have their original names in the tiling.
 

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I was scoping the refurbishment of the station in the 1990s and joked that the repainting should all be in greens to reflect the name - it was!

I have a soft spot for St. James's Park, as it was 'my' station for decades and was covered by the Listed building status of 55, Broadway above it. When I was scoping out its refurbishment in the 1990s, we decided to retain the old unique platform roundel by the EB platform's eastern staircase which read(s) "St. James' Park", rather than 'St. James's Park'.
 

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I was scoping the refurbishment of the station in the 1990s and joked that the repainting should all be in greens to reflect the name - it was!

I have a soft spot for St. James's Park, as it was 'my' station for decades and was covered by the Listed building status of 55, Broadway above it. When I was scoping out its refurbishment in the 1990s, we decided to retain the old unique platform roundel by the EB platform's eastern staircase which read(s) "St. James' Park", rather than 'St. James's Park'.
For which enthusiasts of Underground history salute you!
 

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Swiss Cottage and St John's Wood have really nice escalators, a real 30s style.
There's also the Art Deco style at platform level of Dollis Hill, Kilburn and West Hampstead. Although that's not uncommon amongst the 1930s new builds and redevelopments.
 

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Snaresbrook feels very heritage, nice brick building, traditional canopies and ironmongery around the footbridge etc. Even a waiting room and kiosk for London bound passengers (coffee could be better though!)
 

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So sounds like the answer is pretty much every station, except the Jubilee line extension? :lol:
 

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