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Report (Permission Visit) Aldwych Station - Permission Visit, London, June 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Altair, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Aldwych - The Secret Station.


    I know, I know, its a permission visit and a few of you have been here before, legitimately or not! but due to a few requests I'm posting this up for you all to see. Managed to get a decent set without anyone getting in my shots for that 'abandoned' effect! Anyway, if any of you go on the official tour be sure to hang around at the back of the group!


    History

    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 line branch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The station building is close to the junction of Strand and 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 by a shuttle train for most of their life and suffering from low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for closure several times. A weekday peak hours-only service survived until closure in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high compared to 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. A photograph of an ENSA concert taking place appeared in the Daily Telegraph in May 2014.

    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.


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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. REEF

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    Those posters look new, I don't remember seeing them when I went?
     
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    Nice one pal. I've done the tour, and it's pretty good. Good photos :thumb
     
  4. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    They did make a point of saying they weren't originals, perhaps they've filmed something recently hence their addition?

    Cheers PCWOX, nice little mooch, just a shame about the cost. Considering it's only a rushed hour.
     
  5. Speed

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    The posters are new, dont think id have missed a Tolly ad down there lol..
     
  6. Wevsky

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    Decent tour by the looks of it mate..Nice shots
     
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    Looks good-whitelighter and myself are off here tomorrow. Been looking forward to it for a fair while now!
     
  8. The_Raw

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    Permission visit or not we all want to have a look inside there so thanks for sharing, you've photographed it really well :thumb
     
  9. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Thanks for positive comments guys. It's defo worth a visit, although not sure about the price. Very interesting tour depending on the guides though.
     
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