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Report - King William Street Abandoned London Underground Station

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Rookinella, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Some time ago, I was lucky enough to join a group of fellow underground enthusiasts on a trip to King William Street. It was bloody fantastic and a massive thanks to those who made it possible :thumb;)

    Here's the background information on the disused station, I've read it so many times, I think I could recite it off by heart :crazy

    King William Street was the original but short-lived northern terminus of the City & South London Railway (C&SLR), the first deep tube underground railway in London and one of the component parts of the London Underground's Northern Line. It was in the City of London, on King William Street, just south of the present Monument station. When the station was in operation the next station south was Borough and the southern terminus of the line was Stockwell.

    King William Street opened on the 18 December 1890 and was constructed from a large masonry station tunnel accessed from the surface by a lift shaft or spiral staircase. Two platforms were provided, one on each side of the single, central track —one for passengers entering and one for passengers leaving the trains, a system later referred to as the Spanish solution. The station tunnel itself is situated beneath Monument Street and runs east-west across King William Street, ending beneath Arthur Street. The approach running tunnels had sharp curves and steep gradients in order to dive underneath the River Thames while remaining under public rights-of-way, in particular Swan Lane and Arthur Street. The combination of station layout and poor alignment of the running tunnels severely limited the capacity of the station and in the years after opening a number of initiatives were made to improve operations. In 1895 a central island platform with tracks each side was constructed to enable two trains to occupy the station at once; however, capacity remained restricted.

    When the line was extended northwards to Moorgate station, new running tunnels on a different alignment, but still beneath Borough High Street, were constructed running from below St George the Martyr's Church, north of Borough station to a new station at London Bridge station and onwards to an alternative City station at Bank. Under the river Thames the present running tunnels of the northern line are situated to the east of London Bridge, whereas the King William St tunnels pass to the west of the bridge, the southbound tunnel below the northbound as the line passes under the Thames. The station closed on 24 February 1900.

    The original station building was demolished in the 1930s although the parts of the station below ground were converted for use as a public air-raid shelter during World War II. Access today is via a manhole in the basement of Regis House, a modern day office building, where the original cast iron spiral staircase leads down to platform level. The lift shaft was infilled with concrete during the construction of the original Regis House. The original running tunnels north of Borough tube station remain, although when the Jubilee Line Extension was built in the late 1990s the old southbound tunnel was cut through as part of the construction works at London Bridge station in order to provide the lift shaft situated at the south end of the northern line platforms. These running tunnels now serve as a ventilation shaft for the station and the openings for several adits to the old running tunnels can be seen in the roofs of the Northern Line platform tunnels and in the central concourse between them. A construction shaft between London Bridge and King William Street, beneath Old Swan Wharf, now serves as a Pump Shaft for the disused sections of running tunnels. It is no longer possible to walk through between the two stations as the old C&SLR running tunnels have been blocked off with concrete bulkheads either side of the River Thames.


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  2. PatientTheory

    PatientTheory Yung explorer
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    The dream
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  3. anubis

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    Nice
     
  4. Techwreckie

    Techwreckie 28DL Regular User
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    Sweet! Great photos too!
     
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