Links & Books

If you found these web pages interesting, here are some links and reading material that I can recommend that you can use to find out more about the history of the Underground. Many of these books/pages formed a part of the reference base for this web site.


London Transport Museum

Visit here for a wealth of information about London Transport including a virtual tour of Down Street and Aldwych stations and also information on how to apply foe one of the many talks and events that are organised each year but the museum. This really is an excellent site.


This is the official web site of the London Underground. Here you'll find the official online source of the Tube Maps, a journey planner, travel information and much much more!

Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides

This page goes into incredible detail, describing the history, development layout and background of each Underground line in turn, often providing track layout diagrams (in ASCII!) and timeline for each line. Information may be out of date now though as the front page declares that it hasn't been updated for quite some time.

LONDON's Underground Edwardian Tile Patterns

This web site is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nearly 30 years of research and work that went into this subject. The culmination of this information is about to be released in what promises to be a fascinating book very soon, but Doug has kindly given us a tantalising taster of what is to come on this site.

Written by Doug Rose, the man behind the Diagrammatic History of London map (see below and also highly recommended if you're interested in the subject matter of my site), this web site attempts to record and recreate some of the many tile patterns that were used in the original Yerkes London Underground stations. The end result however is far more than just a collection of interesting pictures and recreated patterns - it provides an insight to one of the biggest design and art projects ever conceived and also a glimpse into the mind set of designers at the start of the 20th century.

Many of these tile decorations have now been irretrievably lost in the many "modernisation" projects that have taken place over the years, but it looks like most if not all of these beautiful patterns are going to soon find themselves back in one place once again in this book.

Purely based on the information found on this site, I'm immensely looking forward to this book and will have it on pre-order the moment its release date is announced. Publisher and release details will be listed here as soon as I know.

Subterrania Britannica

If you find the study of man-made underground spaces interesting, this is the society for you! With many special interest research groups including Cold War sites, this society brings together people with a common interest in the subject.

Going Underground

Loads of fun and informative stuff about the Tube. [Doesn't look like this site is being updated any more - last update was in June 2014.]

Abandoned Tube Lines/Stations

Many excellent photographs of disused tube stations, both above and below ground.

London Underground Font

If you'd like to use the actual Truetype font designed by Edward Johnson in 1916 specifically for London Underground, the Museum have officially and exclusively licensed the font to P22 Foundries. It was very affordable when I bought the license to use it back in 1999 (the only restriction then was you weren't allowed to embed it into web pages) but if I wanted to buy it today for web publishing, it would be FAR too expensive for this kind of web site. For personal use, the cost is still comparible, however.

The Tube Prune

The Tube Professional's RUmour NEtwork - "An unofficial web site for professional railway people working for London Underground and for those interested in the London Underground railway system."

MailRail - London's Post Office Railway

Several people have asked me for information about the Post Office underground railway that operates totally independently to the Underground in London. Here's a great site with maps, pictures, facts and figures about the system which is still very much in use today.

Update: Not any more. The Post Office, in their infinite wisdom have closed the entire railway and are now adding to the congestion on London's roads by transporting mail by truck instead. What a shame.

Update September 2019: For many years, Mail Rail was left in a mothballed state but since there is very little chance of it being re-opened for its original purpose, The Postal Museum decided to re-open a short section of Mail Rail as a tourist attraction. While some would lament that the attraction has been modified into somewhat of a "theme park ride" - take it from me, it's WELL worth a visit and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and think this is now a first rate London attraction! Be aware you may need to book in advance as places are limited.

Frédéric Delaitre's pages on King William Street and Tower Subway

A couple of pages that go into great detail about the King William Street branch and the Tower Subway, including many excellent photographs both period and contemporary.

David Bradley's Trolley Bus Site

This site contains a fantastic photographic archive of the trolley bus, which once thrived on London's streets. Well worth a visit if you're interested in the history of transport in London. The site contains many colour images, which can be clicked on to provide a very high resolution full size image.

Abandoned Stations (New York Subway)

The London Underground isn't the only underground transit system to have abandoned stations on its network. Here's a page by Joseph Brennan about the New York Subway's abandoned sections.

London Walks

If you've enjoyed reading these pages, and you either live within travelling distance of London or are visiting, I think you'll enjoy going on an organised walk by London Walks. Much more than a guided tour with a theme, each tour is guided by an expert who as well as being knowledgeable, is also skilled in bringing a sense of atmosphere and interest in the subject they're talking about.

Each walk has a specific theme ranging from walks specifically arranged for children to "ghost walks". There are also often tours specially arranged to fit in with themes such as halloween. Each tour is reasonably priced and all you need to do is find out from their web site or brochure when they're taking place and just turn up!.

Books & Video

Many of these books can be bought directly from Amazon UK through this page. If this is possible a link has been provided which will jump directly to the appropriate section on the Amazon online book shop.

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London's Disused Underground Stations

Written by J.E.Connor. Contains a wealth of historical and background information about disused Underground Stations. Available at the LT Museum shop again after briefly being out of print - you really can't go wrong with buying this book if you're at all interested in the subject matter of this web page with the wealth of information it contains! A little difficult to get hold of, the London's Transport Museum had copies the last time I visited.
Published by Connor and Butler Ltd, ISBN 0-9476-99295

This book comes highly recommended, but I've been told that it can be tricky to get hold of as it has now been out of print for some time.

There is now effectively a second edition to this book.

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Abandoned Stations on London's Underground

Again by J.E. Connor, aimed as a companion work to his earlier London's Disused Underground Stations, this book provides mainly a pictorial guide to the disused Underground Stations.
Published by Connor and Butler Ltd, ISBN 0-947-69930-9

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London's Disused Underground Stations

Another book by the author about the subject. From the same publishers as Mr. Beck's Underground Map (below), this book which is endorsed by London's Transport Museum, covers some of the more central disused stations in great detail, providing many fantastic large new colour photographs as well as a barrel full of stock historical pictures.

I haven't got this book myself, but I'm told that it's effectively a second edition of his other book of the same name. The text is largely the same but it has many new contemporary colour photographs and more archive pictures.
Published Capital Publishing, ISBN 185414250X

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Underground to Everywhere

This book by Stephen Halliday is the best book I've read that gives a complete overall rundown of the history of the Underground. An excellent book full of detail, useful both as a reference book and also for just reading to find out the Underground's interesting history.
Published by Sutton Publishing, ISBN: 075092585X

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London Under London

This book by Richard Trench and Ellis Hillman provides a fascinating insight into subterranean London. Covering the history of pretty much anything under the pavements of London this book is a must for anyone wanting to find out more about London's history.
Published by John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, ISBN 0-7195-5288-5

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Subterranean City

A similar book to London Under London, this book by historian Antony Clayton also sheds light on all things subterranean in London, covering everything from sewers to bomb shelters, not to mention a good sized section on the Underground's history. As a more recent publication, it's more up to date and often goes into more detail too.
Published by Historical Publications, ISBN 0-948667-69-9

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The Northern Line

An illustrated history of the Northern Line by Mike Horne and Bob Bayman, which goes into considerable detail about the Northern Line from its formation in 1890 to the present date. There's an excellent section on the King William Street section, which was subsequently replaced by the Bank Branch of the Northern Line.
Published by Capital Transport, ISBN: 1-85414-208-9

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The Piccadilly Line

Another in the illustrated history series, this book by Desmond Croome goes into great detail about the Piccadilly Line's background and history.
Published by Capital Transport, ISBN: 1-85414-192-9

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The Little Book of Mornington Crescent

If you've ever listened to the Game Mornington Crescent being played on BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and felt baffled by this quintessentially British institution, then this is the book for you! A comprehensive history of the game from its Roman origins all the way to the present day. The book is a treasure trove of information, including recipes such as Elephant and Casserole and Notting Hill Gateau and much, much more! A great read for novice and aficionados alike!
Published by Orion Media, ISBN 0-75281-864-3

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Mr Beck's Underground Map

This book, written by Ken Garland is the biography of Harry Beck, the designer of the world famous London Underground Map. The book contains many wonderful colour full-page maps charting the history of the map from its origins to the present day. Through studying the maps you can follow how the network evolved from its early times to the present day.
Published by Capital Transport Publishing, ISBN 1854141686

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The London Underground - A Diagrammatic History

Several people have asked me if the little map-lets on my pages are part of a bigger map I've drawn. Unfortunately they're not and even if they were, I fear copyright would prevent me from publishing it. Have no fear however as this publication is EXACTLY what you're looking for! Not only does it list all disused stations but also dates for existing stations that closed then reopened and also dates on lines opening and closing.
Published by Douglas Rose, ISBN 185414-219-4

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Tiles of the UnexpecteD UndergrounD

This wonderfully titled two volume work has been long in the making, encompasing may years worth of dedicated research into the subject. In these two volumes, Douglas Rose has attempted to recreate almost all of the original Edwardian tile patterns that were originally used to decorate many of the platforms on London's Underground.

As well as the tile patterns, the books are lavishly illustrated with diagrams, station plans, fonts and historic photographs making this a truly remarkable work for the collector or for anyone interested in the London Underground.

While the £50 price tag may seem expensive initially, a full colour work of this nature would normally cost at least twice as much as this and it is only through support and sponsorship that this price has been achieved.

The book can initially be bought directly from the author through his web site and it can also be bought through the shop at London's Transport Museum. As it becomes more distributed, it should be possible to order the book from most bookshops using its ISBN.
Published by Douglas Rose, ISBN 978-1-85414-310-5

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The Way Out Tube Map

I include this map for two reasons. Firstly, because its ingenious! Have you gotten onto a train and found that when you reach your destination or an interchange, you have a long walk down the platform since the exit is down the other end? This map tells you which carriage to sit in for the shortest walk at your destination.
Secondly, I'm frequently asked if there's a map available that shows the Underground geographically instead of the more familiar Harry Beck tube map. This map does just this - it shows the lines in approximation to some of the main streets in London.
Published by Stanfords, ISBN 1-899743-01-4

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Metro Maps of the World

Harry Beck's original design for the Tube Map has had an major influence on the design of subsequent transport maps across the world. For the first time, 150 of the world's metro system maps have been compiled in one volume by Mark Ovenden. It is of interest to both casual reader and also to those interested in the design of this kind of diagram.
Published by Capital Transport Publishing, ISBN 1854142720

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An imaginatively written dark tale featuring a culture which survives in the tunnels and corridors in London Below written by the master of dark fantasy Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman graphic novels. In this story, characters and places take on names that appear on the Underground map - there's the Angel Islington, the Hammer Smith... The story follows young businessman Richard Meyhew as he's unwittingly led into this dark, parallel universe.
Many of the locations used during filming are featured on these web pages. A tea party with underground trains zooming past behind the characters is in fact filmed on the small vestigial platform left at Down Street. Other locations include Holborn and Aldwych.
Distributed by BBC Worldwide Video, Catalogue Number: BBCV5948

Neverwhere was released on DVD in the States a few years ago (strangely with different music for its title sequence) - see here for more details. It has subsequently been released in the UK.

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And Finally...

Thanks to these, who have helped with the research for these pages in one way or another:

London's Transport Museum Resource Centre, Mike Ashworth (LT Museum), Lee Osbourne, Rob (guest book 6 Jul 2000), Dewi Williams, Phil Hodgeson & Derek Smith. Thanks also to Guy King for taking the time to proof read the entire site.

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