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Photograph of the Euston Arch, 1896


London Euston is the southern terminus of the West Coast Main Line - serving Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Euston was the first inter-city railway station in London. It opened on 20 July 1837 as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway.

The site was selected in the early 1830s by George and Robert Stephenson, engineers of the London and Birmingham Railway. The area was then mostly farmland at the edge of the expanding city of London. The station was named after Euston Hall in Suffolk, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Grafton, who were the main landowners in the area.

Objections to the station by local farmers meant that, when the Act authorising construction of the line was passed in 1833, the terminus was relocated to Chalk Farm. However, these objections were overcome, and in 1835 an Act authorising construction of the station at its originally planned site was passed, and construction went ahead.

The original station was built by William Cubitt. It was designed by the classically trained architect Philip Hardwick and initially it had only two platforms, one for departures and one for arrivals. Also designed by Hardwick was a 72 foot-high Doric propylaeum, the largest ever built, erected at the entrance as a portico and which became known as the Euston Arch.

The station grew rapidly over the following years as traffic increased. It was greatly expanded in the 1840s, with the opening in 1849 of the spectacular Great Hall, designed by Hardwick's son Philip Charles Hardwick in classical style.

In the early 1960s it was decided that a larger station was required. Because of the restricted layout of track and tunnels at the northern end, enlargement could be accomplished only by expanding southwards over the area occupied by the Great Hall and the Arch. Amid much public outcry, the station building including the Arch was demolished in 1961-2 and replaced by a new building. Its opening in 1968 followed the electrification of the West Coast Main Line.

A few remnants of the older station remain: two Portland stone entrance lodges and a war memorial. A statue of Robert Stephenson by Carlo Marochetti, previously in the old ticket hall, stands in the forecourt.

On 12 May 1907 the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now the Bank branch of the Northern Line) opened a station at Euston as the terminus of a new extension from its existing station at Angel.

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VIEW THE EUSTON AREA IN THE 1900s
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Euston

London Euston is the southern terminus of the West Coast Main Line - serving Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Euston was the first inter-city railway station in London. It opened on 20 July 1837 as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway.

The site was selected in the early 1830s by George and Robert Stephenson, engineers of the London and Birmingham Railway. The area was then mostly farmland at the edge of the expanding city of London. The station was named after Euston Hall in Suffolk, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Grafton, who were the main landowners in the area.

Objections to the station by local farmers meant that, when the Act authorising construction of the line was passed in 1833, the terminus was relocated to Chalk Farm. However, these objections were overcome, and in 1835 an Act authorising construction of the station at its originally planned site was passed, and construction went ahead.

The original station was built by William Cubitt. It was designed by the classically trained architect Philip Hardwick and initially it had only two platforms, one for departures and one for arrivals. Also designed by Hardwick was a 72 foot-high Doric propylaeum, the largest ever built, erected at the entrance as a portico and which became known as the Euston Arch.

The station grew rapidly over the following years as traffic increased. It was greatly expanded in the 1840s, with the opening in 1849 of the spectacular Great Hall, designed by Hardwick's son Philip Charles Hardwick in classical style.

In the early 1960s it was decided that a larger station was required. Because of the restricted layout of track and tunnels at the northern end, enlargement could be accomplished only by expanding southwards over the area occupied by the Great Hall and the Arch. Amid much public outcry, the station building including the Arch was demolished in 1961-2 and replaced by a new building. Its opening in 1968 followed the electrification of the West Coast Main Line.

A few remnants of the older station remain: two Portland stone entrance lodges and a war memorial. A statue of Robert Stephenson by Carlo Marochetti, previously in the old ticket hall, stands in the forecourt.

On 12 May 1907 the City and South London Railway (C&SLR, now the Bank branch of the Northern Line) opened a station at Euston as the terminus of a new extension from its existing station at Angel.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abacus Belsize Primary School:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Adam and Eve:   The Adam and Eve Tearooms were a fashionable Georgian watering hole.
Agar Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Agar Town:   Agar Town was a short-lived area, built in the 1840s, of St Pancras.
All Souls CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Birkbeck College:   Higher education institutions
British Library:   The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Its building at St Pancras was the largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century.
British Museum:   Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history.
Camden Primary Pupil Referral Unit:   Pupil referral unit which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Camden Road:   Camden Road is one of the few railway stations in England in which there is a police station.
Capital City College Group:   Further education (16 plus) which accepts students between the ages of 14 and 99.
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama:   Higher education institutions
Ecole Jeannine Manuel:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 18.
Edith Neville Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Euston Square:   Euston Square is a London Underground station near Euston station, at the corner of Euston Road and Gower Street, just north of University College London.
Fashion Retail Academy:   Miscellaneous which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 99.
Fitzrovia:   Fitzrovia is the area lying to the west of Tottenham Court Road.
Goodge Street:   Goodge Street station on London Underground's Northern Line, opened on 22 June 1907.
Institute of Education:   Higher education institutions
Kings Cross Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Les Cousins:   Les Cousins was a folk and blues club in the basement of a restaurant in Greek Street.
London Greek Orthodox Cathedral - All Saints:   All Saints, Camden Town is a Greek Orthodox church known as the Greek Orthodox Church of All Saints.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:   Higher education institutions
Maria Fidelis Roman Catholic Convent School FCJ:   Voluntary aided school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Mornington Crescent:   Mornington Crescent is a London Underground station in Camden Town, named after the nearby street.
Netley Primary School & Centre for Autism:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
Newman Arms:   The Newman Arms has been a Fitzrovia fixture for centuries.
On This Day in London: 2 November:   Ally Pally’s TV role started on 2 November
Ossulston Estate:   The Ossulston Estate is a multi-storey council estate built by the London County Council in Somers Town between 1927 and 1931.
Our Lady Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Regent High School:   Community school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Rhodes Farm:   Rhodes Farm was situated on Hampstead Road.
Richard Cobden Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art:   The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is a drama school in London, England. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.
Scala Theatre:   Scala Theatre was a theatre in London, sited on Charlotte Street, off Tottenham Court Road. The first theatre on the site opened in 1772, and was demolished in 1969, after being destroyed by fire.
School of Oriental and African Studies:   Higher education institutions
Somers Town:   Somers Town is a district close to three main line rail termini - Euston, St Pancras and King’s Cross.
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Giles:   St Giles is a district of London, at the southern tip of the London Borough of Camden.
St Mary and St Pancras Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Michael’s Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
St. James Gardens:   St. James Gardens were used as a burial ground between 1790 and 1853.
The Royal Veterinary College:   Higher education institutions
The Underground Map:   The Underground Map is a project which is creating a history website for the areas of London and surrounding counties lying inside the M25.
The Working Men’s College:   Further education (16 plus) which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 99.
Tottenham Court Road:   Tottenham Court Road runs from St Giles' Circus (the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road) north to Euston Road.
University College London:   University College London (UCL) is a public research university and a constituent college of the federal University of London.
University College London:   Higher education institutions
University of London:   Higher education institutions
Warren Street:   Warren Street tube station is a London Underground station, located at the intersection of Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road. It is the nearest tube station to University College Hospital, being opposite the newly opened main building. It is also very close to Euston Square station.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Fairyland:   During the period leading up to and during the First World War, 92 Tottenham Court Road was the location of a shooting range called Fairyland.
Queen's Arms (1890):   Photographed in 1890, the Queen's Arms - on the corner of Tottenham Street and Charlotte Street - lay in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Tottenham Court Road (1927):   The area through which Tottenham Court Road was built is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.


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Abbey Place, WC1H · Adeline Place, WC1B · Aldenham Street, NW1 · Alfred Mews, WC1E · Alfred Place, WC1E · Ampthill Square, NW1 · Bainbridge Street, WC1A · Bainbridge Street, WC1B · Barker Drive, NW1 · Barnby Street, NW1 · Batemans Buildings, W1D · Bayham Place, NW1 · Bayham Street, NW1 · Bayley Street, WC1B · Baynes Street, NW1 · Baynham Place, NW1 · Bedford Avenue, WC1B · Bedford Square, WC1B · Bedford Way, WC1B · Bedford Way, WC1H · Bergholt Mews, NW1 · Berners Mews, W1T · Berners Place, W1T · Berners Street, W1D · Berners Street, W1T · Berwick Road, W1F · Berwick Street, W1F · Bird Street, W1T · Bloomsbury Place, WC1B · Bloomsbury Street, WC1A · Bloomsbury Street, WC1B · Bonny Street, NW1 · Bourlet Close, W1W · Bridgeway Street, NW1 · Brill Place, NW1 · British Museum, WC1B · Broadfield Lane, N1C · Broadfield Lane, NW1 · Brock Street, NW1 · Bromley Place, W1T · Bruges Place, NW1 · BT Tower · Bucknall Street, WC2H · Burton Street, WC1H · Byng Place, WC1E · Bywell Place, W1T · Camden Road, NW1 · Camden Street, NW1 · Camley Street, N1C · Camley Street, NW1 · Canal Reach, N1C · Candover Street, W1W · Capper Street, WC1E · Cardington Street, NW1 · Carlisle Street, W1D · Carlisle Walk, E8 · Carol Street, NW1 · Cartwright Gardens, WC1H · Castlewood House, WC1A · Cedar Way, N1C · Cedar Way, NW1 · Centa Housebirkenhead Street, WC1H · Centre Point House, WC2H · Chalton Street, NW1 · Chapone Place, W1D · Charlotte Mews, W1T · Charlotte Place, W1T · Charlotte Street, W1T · Charrington Street, NW1 · Chenies Mews, WC1E · Chenies Place, NW1 · Chenies Street, WC1E · Chitty Street, W1T · Christopher Place, NW1 · Church Way, NW1 · Churchway, NW1 · Clarence Gardens, NW1 · Cleveland Street, W1T · Cleveland Street, W1W · Coach Road, N1C · Coach Road, NW1 · Cobourg Street, NW1 · College Grove, NW1 · College Place, NW1 · Colville Place, W1T · Conway Mews, W1T · Cooper’s Lane, NW1 · Coptic Street, WC1A · Coram Street, WC1H · Cranleigh Street, NW1 · Crofters Way, NW1 · Crowndale Court, NW1 · Crowndale Road, NW1 · Darblay Street, W1F · Darwin Walk, WC1E · Dean Street, W1D · Denmark Place, WC2H · Denmark Street, WC2H · Doric Way, NW1 · Doric Way, NW1 · Drummond Crescent, NW1 · Drummond Street, NW1 · Duke’s Road, WC1H · Dukes Road, WC1H · Dyott Street, WC1A · East Street, TW8 · Eastcastle Street, W1T · Eastcastle Street, W1W · Endsleigh Gardens, WC1H · Endsleigh Place, WC1H · Endsleigh Street, WC1H · Euston Centre, NW1 · Euston Road, NW1 · Euston Road, WC1H · Euston Square, NW1 · Euston Street, NW1 · Euston Tower · Evelyn Yard, W1T · Eversholt Street, NW1 · Everton Buildings, NW1 · Excel Court, WC2H · Falconberg Court, W1D · First Floor, W1T · Fitzroy Court, W1T · Fitzroy Street, W1T · Flaxman Court, W1F · Flaxman Terrace, NW1 · Flaxman Terrace, WC1H · Flichcroft Street, WC2H · Flitcroft Street, WC2H · Foley Street, W1W · Foundry Mews, NW1 · Freight Lane, N1 · Freight Lane, N1C · George Mews, NW1 · Georgiana Street, NW1 · Godwin Court, NW1 · Goldington Crescent, NW1 · Goldington Street, NW1 · Goodge Place, W1T · Goodge Street, W1T · Gordon Mansions, WC1E · Gordon Square, WC1H · Gordon Street, WC1H · Goslett Yard, W1D · Goslett Yard, WC2H · Gower Court, WC1E · Gower Place, WC1E · Gower Street, WC1E · Grafton Mews, W1T · Grafton Place, NW1 · Grafton Way, W1T · Grafton Way, WC1E · Granary Street, NW1 · Granby Terrace, NW1 · Great Chapel Street, W1F · Great Court, WC1B · Great Marlborough Street, W1B · Great Marlborough Street, W1F · Great Russell Street, W1T · Great Russell Street, WC1B · Gresse Street, W1T · Hamilton House, WC1H · Hampden Close, NW1 · Hampstead Road, NW1 · Hanway Place, W1T · Hanway Street, W1T · Harrington Square, NW1 · Harrington Street, NW1 · Hollen Street, W1F · Howland Street, W1T · Huntley Street, WC1E · Keppel Street, WC1E · King’s Terrace, NW1 · Kings Terrace, NW1 · Lancing Street, NW1 · Lawfords Wharf, NW1 · Laxton Place, NW1 · Lidlington Place, NW1 · Little Albany Street, NW1 · Livonia Street, W1F · Longford Street, NW1 · Lyme Street, NW1 · Lyme Terrace, NW1 · Mabledon Place, WC1H · Malet Place, WC1E · Malet Street, WC1E · Mandela Street, NW1 · Manette Street, W1D · Maple Street, 92103 · Maple Street, W1T · Margaret Court, W1W · Margaret Street, W1W · Marylebone Passage, W1W · Mayford, NW1 · Medburn Street, NW1 · Melton Street, NW1 · Mercer Street, WC2H · Midford Place, W1T · Midland Road, N1C · Midland Road, NW1 · Montague Place, WC1E · Mornington Crescent, NW1 · Mornington Cresent, NW1 · Mortimer Market, W1T · Mortimer Street, W1 · Mortimer Street, W1T · Morwell Street, WC1B · Munster Square, NW1 · Nash Street, NW1 · Nassau Street, W1W · Neals Yard, WC2H · Netley Street, NW1 · New Compton Street, WC2H · New Oxford Street, WC2H · Newman Passage, W1T · Newman Street, W1T · Noel Street, W1F · North Cloisters, WC1E · North Crescent, WC1E · North Cresent, WC1E · North Gower Street, NW1 · Oakley Square, NW1 · Oakshott Court, NW1 · Ogle Street, W1W · Osnaburgh Street, NW1 · Ossulston Street, NW1 · Oxford Street, W1D · Oxford Street, W1F · Pancras Road, NW1 · Penryn Street, NW1 · Percy Street, W1T · Peto Place, NW1 · Phoenix Road, NW1 · Phoenix Street, WC2H · Plender Street, NW1 · Ploughmans Close, NW1 · Poland Street, W1F · Polygon Road, NW1 · Portland Mews, W1F · Pratt Street, NW1 · Prince Of Wales Passage, NW1 · Prince Regent Mews, NW1 · Princess House, W1W · Purchese Street, NW1 · Queen’s Yard, W1T · Ramillies Place, W1F · Ramillies Street, W1F · Randolph Street, NW1 · Rathbone Place, W1T · Rathbone Place, WC1H · Rathbone Street, W1T · Reachview Close, NW1 · Reapers Close, NW1 · Regent’s Canal towpath, E2 · Regent’s Canal towpath, E8 · Regent’s Canal towpath, N1C · Regent’s Canal Towpath, NW1 · Regents Canal towpath, NW1 · Regent’s Canal towpath, NW1 · Richmond Buildings, W1D · Ridgmount Gardens, WC1E · Ridgmount Street, WC1E · Robert Street, NW1 · Rossendale Way, NW1 · Rousden Street, NW1 · Royal College Street, NW1 · Royalty Mews, W1D · Russell Court, WC1H · Russell Square House, WC1B · Russell Square, WC1B · Russell Square, WC1H · Saint Giles High Street, WC2H · Saint Pancras Way, NW1 · Sandwich House, WC1H · Scala Street, W1T · Seven Dials Court, WC2H · Seymour House, NW1 · Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H · Sheraton Street, W1F · Sinclair House, WC1H · Soho Square, W1D · Soho Street, W1D · Somers Close, NW1 · Sounding Alley, E3 · South Cloisters, WC1H · St Anne’s Court, W1F · St Annes, NW1 · St Giles High Street, WC2H · St Martins Close, NW1 · St Mary Magdalene Church, NW1 · St Pancras Cruising Club, N1C · St Pancras Way, NW1 · St. Pancras Way, NW1 · Stacey Street, WC2H · Stanhope Parade, NW1 · Stanhope Street, NW1 · Starcross Street, NW1 · Stedham Place, WC1A · Stephen Mews, W1T · Stephen Street, W1T · Stephenson Way, NW1 · Store Street, WC1E · Streatham Street, WC1A · Sutton Row, W1D · Tavistock House North, WC1H · Tavistock House South, WC1H · Tavistock House, WC1H · Tavistock Square, WC1H · Taviton Street, WC1H · The Circle, N1C · The Marr, NW1 · The Polygon · Third Floor, WC1E · Thornhaugh Street, WC1B · Thornhaugh Street, WC1H · Tiger House, WC1H · Tolmers Square, NW1 · Torrington Place, WC1E · Torrington Square, WC1H · Tottenham Court Road, W1T · Tottenham Mews, W1T · Tottenham Street, W1T · Townsend House, W1D · Triton Square, NW1 · Triton Street, NW1 · Unity Mews, NW1 · University Street, WC1E · Upper Woborn Place, WC1H · Upper Woburn Place, WC1H · Varndell Street, NW1 · Wardour Mews, W1F · Wardour Street, W1F · Warren Court, NW1 · Weavers Way, NW1 · Wedgewood Mews, W1D · Wedgwood Mews, W1D · Wells Mews, W1T · Wells Street, W1D · Wells Street, W1T · Werrington Street, NW1 · Whitfield Place, W1T · Whitfield Street, W1T · Whittlebury Street, NW1 · William Road, NW1 · Willoughby Street, WC1B · Windmill Street, W1T · Winsley Street, W1D · Winsley Street, W1W · Witley Court, WC1N · Woburn Place, WC1B · Woburn Place, WC1H · Woburn Square, WC1H · Woburn Walk, WC1H · Woolf Mews, WC1H · Wrotham Road, NW1 ·
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Central London, north west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, north west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Cruchley's New Plan of London (1848) FREE DOWNLOAD
Cruchley's New Plan of London Shewing all the new and intended improvements to the Present Time. - Cruchley's Superior Map of London, with references to upwards of 500 Streets, Squares, Public Places & C. improved to 1848: with a compendium of all Place of Public Amusements also shewing the Railways & Stations.
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Cary's New And Accurate Plan of London and Westminster (1818) FREE DOWNLOAD
Cary's map provides a detailed view of London. With print date of 1 January 1818, Cary's map has 27 panels arranged in 3 rows of 9 panels, each measuring approximately 6 1/2 by 10 5/8 inches. The complete map measures 32 1/8 by 59 1/2 inches. Digitising this map has involved aligning the panels into one contiguous map.
John Cary

John Rocque Map of London (1762) FREE DOWNLOAD
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers central London at a reduced level of detail compared with his 1745-6 map.
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Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1843) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured.
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Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1836) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Insets: A view of the Tower from London Bridge -- A view of London from Copenhagen Fields. Includes views of facades of 25 structures "A comparison of the principal buildings of London."
Chapman and Hall, London

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
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The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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