One of probably the most fascinating issues in regards to the historical past of the London Underground is the best way the names of stations have modified over time. Often stations you thought you knew have gone by way of two or three iterations all through the years and typically the quirky names that they had prior to now had been a complete lot extra interesting.
Sometimes totally different names had been additionally thought-about when stations had been being deliberate after which later thrown out. London Paddington for instance – one of many earliest stations on all the Underground – was opened as Paddington Praed Steet in 1868 and solely renamed Paddington in 1948.
But maybe one of the attention-grabbing modifications in title is a station that after was known as merely “Post Office”. Can you guess which station we’re speaking about?
Well, we’ll offer you some clues. The station was initially imagined to be known as Newgate Street however as an alternative opened as Post Office in July 1900. It looks as if a wierd title on condition that the apparent title of St Paul’s was proper there on a plate within the type of the large cathedral that stood subsequent to it.
In reality, it was rumoured St Paul’s was as soon as the positioning of London’s nice misplaced Roman temple – although that has now been questioned. There was actually an early Christian church right here for the reason that seventh Century which was later destroyed by hearth. Another cathedral adopted which was additionally destroyed through the Great Fire of London and naturally the present nice cathedral designed by Christopher Wren was constructed from 1675.
So why on earth was all this historical past ignored and the station merely known as Post Office? Well the station was opened by the Central London Railway in 1900 and was truly named after the close by headquarters of the final Post Office at St. Martin’s Le Grand.
The Post Office of the Kingdom of England had been established by Charles II means again in 1660. After 1707 it grew to become the General Post Office masking the entire of the United Kingdom. The postal service was recognized informally because the Royal Mail as a result of it was constructed on the distribution system for royal and authorities paperwork.
Britain’s first purpose-built mail facility constructing, the General Post Office, was constructed between 1825 and 1829 on St Martin’s-le-Grand. Sadly it was later demolished after the Post Office felt it was too small to accommodate its wants.
In 1874 a brand new constructing was opened on the western facet of the identical road, and the General Post Office North was constructed instantly north of the telegraph constructing within the Nineties on St Martin’s le Grand and King Edward Street within the City of London. It’s now known as Nomura House. When the Central London Railway constructed the Tube station in 1900 it was subsequently named “Post Office” after this constructing.
Well confusingly, proper close by was a South Eastern Railway station known as St Paul’s. This mainline station had been opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway with the title St Paul’s in 1886, as a alternative for the sooner Blackfriars Bridge station.
It was determined to rename this station Blackfriars in 1937 and so the Underground station known as Post Office took over the far more eloquent-sounding title of the cathedral which it has saved ever since. It was principally a transfer that was made to keep away from the 2 stations being confused.
So there we’ve it, certainly one of London’s most iconic names wasn’t used for a Tube station that opened proper subsequent to it. Instead it was given the fairly practical title of Post Office.
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