Underground History

Renamed Stations

Over the years, for various reasons, stations have taken on different names to the ones that are displayed on today's Underground map. This page attempts to list these stations and their past and present identities.

Underground stations have changed names for various reasons over the years. Sometimes, the original surface location itself has gradually become known by a different name. With other stations, the surface location may have changed enough not to reflect the station's original name (e.g. Dover Street was renamed Green Park when the original surface access to the station changed to a different street when escalators were installed).

Some stations also changed names when two original stations were merged into one, something that was relatively common in the early days when the lines were run by different competitive companies where their stations were very close to each other - but bore different names.

For most stations, the earlier identities have been completely erased and the only way to discover their old names are through historical documents such as old maps. Other stations leave evidence that can prove puzzling to the modern traveler, such as Arsenal, where the original Gillespie Road name can clearly be seen fired into the tile pattern on the platforms.

The list that follows lists all the stations that you'll find on today's Tube Map that have existed under different guises over the years. I'm hoping that this list is pretty much comprehensive.

Piccadilly Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Oakwood Enfield West 1933 (opened)
Enfield West (Oakwood) 1934
Oakwood 1946
Arsenal Gillespie Road 1906 (opened)
Arsenal (Highbury Hill) 1932 (suffix gradually dropped)
King's Cross St. Pancras King's Cross 1906 (opened)
King's Cross for St. Pancras 1927
King's Cross St. Pancras 1933
Holborn Holborn 1906 (opened)
Holborn (Kingsway) 1933 (suffix gradually dropped)
Green Park Dover Street 1906 (opened)
Green Park 1933
Alperton Perivale-Alperton 1903 (opened)
Alperton 1910
Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 Heathrow Central 1977 (opened)
Heathrow Central Terminals 1,2,3 1983
Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 1986
Northern Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Archway Highgate 1907 (opened)
Archway (Highgate) 1939
Highgate (Archway) 1941
Archway 1947
Burnt Oak Burnt Oak 1924 (opened)
Burnt Oak (Watling) ~1928 (suffix gradually dropped)
Warren Street Euston Road 1907 (opened)
Warren Street 1908
Goodge Street Tottenham Court Road 1907 (opened)
Goodge Street 1908
Tottenham Court Road Oxford Street 1907 (opened)
Tottenham Court Road 1908
Charing Cross Charing Cross 1907 (opened)
Charing Cross (Strand) 1914
Strand 1915
Charing Cross 1979 (merged with Trafalgar Square on Bakerloo)
Embankment Charing Cross (Embankment) 1914 (opened)
Charing Cross 1915
Charing Cross Embankment 1974
Embankment 1976
Oval The Oval 1890 (opened)
Oval ~1894
Clapham North Clapham Road 1900 (opened)
Clapham North 1926
Tooting Bec Trinity Road (Tooting Bec) 1926
Tooting Bec 1950
South Wimbledon South Wimbledon 1926 (opened)
South Wimbledon (Merton) ~1928 (suffix gradually dropped)
King's Cross St. Pancras King's Cross for St. Pancras 1907 (opened)
King's Cross St. Pancras 1933
Moorgate Moorgate Street 1900 (opened)
Moorgate 1924
Jubilee Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Canons Park Canons Park (Edgware) 1932 (opened as Metropolitan Line)
Canons Park 1933
Kilburn Kilburn & Brondesbury 1939 (opened as Metropolitan Line)
Kilburn 1950
Central Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
South Woodford South Woodford (George Lane) 1947 (opened)
South Woodford 1950
St Paul's Post Office 1900 (opened)
St Paul's 1937
Chancery Lane Chancery Lane 1900 (opened)
Chancery Lane (Grays Inn) 1934 (suffix gradually dropped)
Holborn Holborn (Kingsway) 1933 (suffix gradually dropped)
Queensway Queen's Road 1900 (opened)
Queensway 1946
West Ruslip West Ruslip (for Ickenham) 1948 (suffix gradually dropped)
Waterloo & City Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Bank City 1898 (opened)
Bank 1940
Bakerloo Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Wembley Central Wembley for Sudbury 1917 (opened)
Wembley Central 1948
Marylebone Great Central 1907 (opened)
Marylebone 1917
Charing Cross Trafalgar Square 1906 (opened)
Charing Cross 1979 (merged with Northern Line's Strand station)
Embankment Embankment 1906 (opened)
Charing Cross (Embankment) 1914
Charing Cross 1915
Charing Cross Embankment 1974
Embankment 1976
Lambeth North Kennington Road 1906 (opened)
Westminster Bridge Road 1906
Lambeth (North) 1917
Lambeth North ~1918
Victoria Line

No stations have changed their name on the Victoria Line since it opened.

East London Line

Originally this line was part of the Metropolitan Line when these changes took place and there was a through service. The District Line also provided a service on part of this line until 1905. A through service was provided via a link north of Shadwell. The link is still there today, but is now only used for servicing.

Present name Previous names Year of name change
Shadwell Shadwell 1884 (opened)
Shadwell & St George-in-the-East 1900
Shadwell 1918
Surrey Quays Deptford Road 1884 (opened)
Surrey Docks 1911
Surrey Quays 1989
New Cross Gate New Cross 1913 (opened)
New Cross Gate 1923
District Line
Present name Previous names Year of name change
Dagenham East Dagenham 1902 (opened)
Dagenham East 1949
Dagenham Heathway Heathway 1932 (opened)
Dagenham Heathway 1949
West Ham West Ham 1902 (opened)
West Ham (Manor Road) 1924
West Ham 1969
Bromley-By-Bow Bromley 1902 (opened)
Bromley-By-Bow 1967
Whitechapel Whitechapel (Mile End) 1884 (opened)
Whitechapel 1901
Tower Hill Tower of London 1882 (opened)
1984 closed - relocated to Mark Lane
Tower Hill 1967 (station built on original site of Tower Hill)
Monument Eastcheap 1884 for 3 weeks (opened)
The Monument 1884 (prefix gradually dropped)
Temple The Temple 1870 (prefix gradually dropped)
Embankment Charing Cross 1870 (opened)
Charing Cross Embankment 1974
Embankment 1976
Westminster Westminster Bridge 1868 (opened)
Westminster 1907
Gloucester Road Brompton (Gloucester Road) 1869 (opened)
Gloucester Road 1906
Kensington (Olympia) Kensington 1864 (served by Metropolitan Line trains)
Kensington (Addison Road) 1868
1940 Metropolitan Line service suspended
Kensington (Olympia) 1946 (now served by District Line)
High Street Kensington Kensington (High Street) 1871 (opened)
High Street Kensington ~1880
Bayswater Bayswater (Queen's Road) & Westbourne Grove 1926 (opened)
Bayswater (Queen's Road) 1933
Bayswater (Queensway) 1946 (suffix gradually dropped)
Paddington Paddington (Praed Street) 1926 (opened)
Paddington 1948
Fulham Broadway Walham Green 1880 (opened)
Fulham Broadway 1952
Putney Bridge Putney Bridge & Fulham 1880 (opened)
Putney Bridge & Hurlingham 1902
Putney Bridge 1932
West Kensington North End (Fulham) 1874 (opened)
West Kensington 1877
Ravenscourt Park Shaftsbury Road 1877 (opened)
Ravenscourt Park 1888
Chiswick Park Acton Green 1879 (opened)
Chiswick Park & Acton Green 1887
Chiswick Park 1910
Acton Town Mill Hill Park 1879 (opened)
Acton Town 1910
Ealing Common Ealing Common 1879 (opened)
Ealing Common & West Acton 1886
Ealing Common 1910

The following stations were formerly served by the District line when the name changes took place but are now served only by the Piccadilly Line since District service ceased in 1964.

Present name Previous names Year of name change
Boston Manor Boston Road 1883 (opened)
Boston Manor 1911
Hounslow Central Heston-Hounslow 1886 (opened)
Hounslow Central 1925
Hounslow West Hounslow Barracks 1884 (opened)
Hounslow West 1925
Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith & City Line

The Hammersmith & City Line is included in this section as the line has only recently gained an identity of its own - and when all these name changes occurred on the line, it was run as part of the Metropolitan Line.



Present name Previous names Year of name change
West Ham West Ham (Manor Road) 1936 (opened)
West Ham 1969
Bromley-By-Bow Bromley 1936 (opened)
Bromley-By-Bow 1967
Tower Hill Tower of London 1882 (opened)
1984 closed - relocated to Mark Lane
Tower Hill 1967 (station built on original site of Tower Hill)
Moorgate Moorgate Street 1865 (opened)
Moorgate 1924
Barbican Aldersgate Street 1865 (opened)
Aldersgate 1910
Aldersgate & Barbican 1923
Barbican 1968
Kings Cross St Pancras Kings Cross St. Pancras Has always been known as this.
The original Metropolitan Line station relocated in 1941
Euston Square Gower Street 1863 (opened)
Euston Square 1909
Great Portland Street Portland Road 1863 (opened)
Great Portland Street 1917
Great Portland Street & Regent's Park 1923
Great Portland Street 1933
Paddington Paddington (Bishop's Road) 1863 (opened)
Paddington 1933
Paddington Paddington (Praed Street) 1868 (opened)
Paddington 1948
Bayswater Bayswater 1868 (opened)
Bayswater (Queen's Road) & Westbourne Grove 1923
Bayswater (Queen's Road) 1933
Bayswater (Queensway) 1946 (suffix gradually dropped)
High Street Kensington Kensington (High Street) 1868 (opened)
High Street Kensington ~1880
Ladbroke Grove Notting Hill 1864 (opened)
Notting Hill & Ladbroke Grove 1880
Ladbroke Grove (North Kensington) 1919
Ladbroke Grove 1938
Finchley Road Finchley Road 1879 (opened)
Finchley Road (South Hampstead) 1885
Finchley Road ~1914
Northwick Park Northwick Park & Kenton 1923 (opened)
Northwick Park 1937
Moor Park Sandy Lodge 1910 (opened)
Moor Park & Sandy Lodge 1923
Moor Park 1950
Croxley Croxley Green 1925 (opened)
Croxley 1949
Chorleywood Chorley Wood 1889 (opened)
Chorley Wood & Chenies 1915
Chorley Wood ~1934
Chorleywood ~1964
Chalfont & Latimer Chalfont Road 1889 (opened)
Chalfont & Latimer 1915
Amersham Amersham 1892 (opened)
Amersham & Chesham Bois 1922
Amersham ~1934

Key to some phrases used

opened - the first time this station was serviced by this line.Note that in some cases, the station was already in service on another line.

~ - When this symbol is used, the exact year of change is unknown.



Research sources:

The London Underground - A Diagrammatic History (Seventh Edition), Douglas Rose (where you can get the exact dates of change, not just the year)

Clive's UndergrounD Guides

London's Transport Museum

See Links & References page for more details on these sources.

First Published: January 7th 2004

Last Updated: January 7th 2004


All material on this page is © 2004 Hywel Williams unless otherwise noted.

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