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Aldgate East tube station, circa 1895

In a land east of Aldgate, lies the land of Aldgate East...

The name Commercial Road had been proposed for the original Aldgate East station, which opened on 6 October 1884 as part of an eastern extension to the Metropolitan District Railway (now the District Line), some 500 feet to the west of the current station, close to the Metropolitan Railway's Aldgate station. However, when the curve to join the Metropolitan Railway from Liverpool Street was built, the curve had to be particularly sharp due to the presence of Aldgate East station, at which it needed to be straight.

As part of London Transport's 1935-1940 New Works Programme, the triangular junction at Aldgate was enlarged, to allow for a much gentler curve and to ensure that trains held on any leg of the triangle did not foul the signals and points at other places. The new Aldgate East platforms were sited almost immediately to the east of their predecessors, with one exit facing west toward the original location, and another at the east end of the new platforms.

The new eastern exit was now close enough to the next station along the line, St Mary's (Whitechapel Road), that this station could also be closed, reducing operational overhead and journey times, as the new Aldgate East had effectively replaced two earlier stations.

The new station, opened on 31 October 1938 (the earlier station closing permanently the previous night), was designed to be completely subterranean, providing a much needed pedestrian underpass to the road above. However, in order to accommodate the space needed for this, and the platforms below, the existing track required lowering by more than seven feet. To achieve this task, whilst still keeping the track open during the day, the bed underneath the track was excavated, and the track held up by a timber trestle work. Then, once excavation was complete and the new station constructed around the site, an army of over 900 workmen lowered the whole track simultaneously in one night, utilising overhead hooks to suspend the track when necessary. The hooks still remain.

District and Hammersmith and City line trains running into Aldgate East along two sides of the triangle (from Liverpool Street and from Tower Hill) pass through the site of the earlier station, most of which has been obliterated by the current junction alignment, although the extensive width and height and irregular shape of the tunnel can be observed.

Since the station was built completely under a widened road, and was built after concrete had started to be used as a construction material, the platforms have a particularly high headroom. Combined with the late 1930s style of tiling typical of the stations of the then London Passenger Transport Board, the platform area of the station presents a particularly airy and welcoming appearance, unusual on the underground at the time of construction. The tiling contains relief tiles, showing devices pertinent to London Transport and the area it served, were designed by Harold Stabler and made by the Poole Pottery.

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VIEW THE ALDGATE EAST AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1750 map does not display.

VIEW THE ALDGATE EAST AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1800 map does not display.

VIEW THE ALDGATE EAST AREA IN THE 1830s
The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1830 map does not display.

VIEW THE ALDGATE EAST AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1860 map does not display.

VIEW THE ALDGATE EAST AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

Aldgate East

In a land east of Aldgate, lies the land of Aldgate East...

The name Commercial Road had been proposed for the original Aldgate East station, which opened on 6 October 1884 as part of an eastern extension to the Metropolitan District Railway (now the District Line), some 500 feet to the west of the current station, close to the Metropolitan Railway's Aldgate station. However, when the curve to join the Metropolitan Railway from Liverpool Street was built, the curve had to be particularly sharp due to the presence of Aldgate East station, at which it needed to be straight.

As part of London Transport's 1935-1940 New Works Programme, the triangular junction at Aldgate was enlarged, to allow for a much gentler curve and to ensure that trains held on any leg of the triangle did not foul the signals and points at other places. The new Aldgate East platforms were sited almost immediately to the east of their predecessors, with one exit facing west toward the original location, and another at the east end of the new platforms.

The new eastern exit was now close enough to the next station along the line, St Mary's (Whitechapel Road), that this station could also be closed, reducing operational overhead and journey times, as the new Aldgate East had effectively replaced two earlier stations.

The new station, opened on 31 October 1938 (the earlier station closing permanently the previous night), was designed to be completely subterranean, providing a much needed pedestrian underpass to the road above. However, in order to accommodate the space needed for this, and the platforms below, the existing track required lowering by more than seven feet. To achieve this task, whilst still keeping the track open during the day, the bed underneath the track was excavated, and the track held up by a timber trestle work. Then, once excavation was complete and the new station constructed around the site, an army of over 900 workmen lowered the whole track simultaneously in one night, utilising overhead hooks to suspend the track when necessary. The hooks still remain.

District and Hammersmith and City line trains running into Aldgate East along two sides of the triangle (from Liverpool Street and from Tower Hill) pass through the site of the earlier station, most of which has been obliterated by the current junction alignment, although the extensive width and height and irregular shape of the tunnel can be observed.

Since the station was built completely under a widened road, and was built after concrete had started to be used as a construction material, the platforms have a particularly high headroom. Combined with the late 1930s style of tiling typical of the stations of the then London Passenger Transport Board, the platform area of the station presents a particularly airy and welcoming appearance, unusual on the underground at the time of construction. The tiling contains relief tiles, showing devices pertinent to London Transport and the area it served, were designed by Harold Stabler and made by the Poole Pottery.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
18 Folgate Street:   Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street is a 'still-life drama' created by the previous owner as an 'historical imagination' of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers.
Al Ashraaf Secondary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Aldgate:   Aldgate was a gateway through London Wall from the City of London to Whitechapel and the East End.
Aldgate Pump:   Aldgate Pump is a historic water pump, located at the junction where Aldgate meets Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street.
Altab Ali Park:   
Bevis Marks Synagogue:   Bevis Marks Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom.
Boar’s Head Theatre:   The Boar’s Head Theatre was an inn-yard theatre in the Whitechapel area.
Canon Barnett Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Christ Church CofE School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Columbia Market Nursery School:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
David Game College:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 13 and 22. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Fenchurch Street:   Fenchurch Street railway station is a central London railway terminus in the southeastern corner of the City of London. It is one of the smallest railway termini in London but in terms of platforms, one of the most intensively operated.
Goodman’s Fields:   Goodman’s Fields was a farm beyond the walls of the City.
Goodman’s Fields Theatre:   Two 18th century theatres bearing the name Goodman’s Fields Theatre were located on Alie Street, Whitechapel.
Great Synagogue of London:   The Great Synagogue of London was, for centuries, the centre of Ashkenazi synagogue and Jewish life in London. It was destroyed during World War II, in the Blitz.
Green Spring Academy Shoreditch:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Harry Gosling Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Holy Trinity, Minories:   Holy Trinity, Minories was a Church of England parish church outside the eastern boundaries of the City of London, but within the Liberties of the Tower of London.
London East Academy:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
London Metal Exchange:   The London Metal Exchange (LME) is the futures exchange with the world’s largest market in options and futures contracts on base and other metals.
Montefiore Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Petticoat Lane Market:   Petticoat Lane Market is a fashion and clothing market in the East End.
Portsoken:   Portsoken is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an alderman to the Court of Aldermen and commoners (the City equivalent of a councillor) elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation.
Shoreditch:   Shoreditch is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. It is a built-up district located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Charing Cross.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Spitalfields:   Spitalfields is near to Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Botolph’s:   St. Botolph’s without Aldgate, located on Aldgate High Street, has existed for over a thousand years.
St Katharine Cree:   St Katharine Cree is a Church of England church on the north side of Leadenhall Street near Leadenhall Market.
St Matthias Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Paul’s Whitechapel Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
The Complete Works Independent School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 16.
Thomas Buxton Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Tower Bridge Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Tower Gateway:   Tower Gateway is a Docklands Light Railway station near to the Tower of London.
Tower Hill:   Tower Hill is an elevated spot outside the Tower of London and just outside the limits of the City of London.
Tower of London:   In the late 1070s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before.
Toynbee Hall:   Toynbee Hall is a building which is the home of a charity of the same name.
Virginia Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
William Davis Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
London in 1457:   Goulston Street is a thoroughfare running north-south from Wentworth Street to Whitechapel High Street.
Wentworth Street (1901):   Turn-of-the-century fashion in east London.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Adler Street, E1 · Alderman Stairs, E1W · Alderman Stairs, SE1 · Aldgate Bus Garage, EC3N · Aldgate High Street, EC3N · Aldgate, EC3N · Alie Street, E1 · America Square, EC3N · Angel Alley, E1 · Anning Street, EC2A · Arcadia Court, E1 · Arnold Circus, E2 · Artillery Lane, E1 · Artillery Passage, E1 · Arts Quarter, E1 · Assam Street, E1 · Austin Street, E2 · Back Alley, EC3N · Back Church Lane, E1 · Back Mews, SE4 · Bacon Street, E1 · Bacon Street, E2 · Barnet Grove, E2 · Basing House Yard, E2 · Bateman’s Row, EC2A · Batemans Row, EC2A · Bell Lane, E1 · Bermondsey Wall West, SE1 · Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 · Bethnal Green Road, E1 · Bevis Marks, EC3A · Bishops Square, E1 · Black Lion Yard, E1 · Blossom Street, E1 · Blue Anchor Yard, E1 · Boundary Passage, E1 · Boundary Street, E2 · Bowl Court, E1 · Bowmans Mews, E1 · Boyd Street, E1 · Braham Street, E1 · Braithwaite Street, E1 · Brick Lane, E1 · Brick Lane, E2 · Brune House, E1 · Brune Street, E1 · Brushfield Street, E1 · Buckfast Street, E2 · Buckle Street, E1 · Burr Close, E1W · Butlers Colonial Wharf, SE1 · Buxton Street, E1 · Calvert Avenue, E2 · Calvin Street, E1 · Camperdown Street, E1 · Cardamom Building, SE1 · Carlisle Avenue, EC3N · Cartwright Street, E1 · Casson Street E.1, E1 · Casson Street, E1 · Celia Blairman House, E1 · Central House, E1 · Chamber Street, E1 · Chambord Street, E2 · Chance Street, E1 · Cheshire Street, E2 · Chicksand Street, E1 · Chilton Street, E2 · Cleeve Workshops, E2 · Club Row, E1 · Club Row, E2 · Cobb Street, E1 · Code Street, E1 · College East, E1 · Columbia Road, E2 · Commercial Pier Wharf, SE16 · Commercial Street, E1 · Coney Way, SW8 · Cooper?s Row, EC3N · Coopers Row, EC3N · Copper Row, SE1 · Coppergate House, E1 · Corbet Place, E1 · Cottons Gardens, E2 · Coverley Close, E1 · Creechurch Lane, EC3A · Crescent, EC3N · Cresent, EC3N · Crispin Place, E1 · Crispin Street, E1 · Crofts Street, E1 · Crosswall, EC3N · Crutched Friars, EC3N · Curlew Street, SE1 · Cutler Street, E1 · Cutler Street, EC3A · Davenant Street, E1 · Deal Street, E1 · Delta Street, E2 · Dereham Place, EC2A · Devonshire Square, E1 · Devonshire Square, EC2M · Dock Street, E1 · Dorset Street, E1 · Dray Walk, E1 · Drysdale Place, E2 · Drysdale Street, N1 · Dukes Place, EC3A · Dukes Place, EC3A · Dukes Place, EC3N · East Flank, SE18 · East Smithfield, E1W · East Smithfield, EC3N · East Tenter Street, E1 · Ebor Street, E1 · Elder Street, E1 · Ensign Street, E1 · Fair Street, SE1 · Fairchild Place, EC2A · Fairchild Street, EC2A · Fairclough Street, E1 · Fashion Street, E1 · Fenchurch Place, EC3M · Flank Street, E1 · Fletcher Street, E1 · Fleur De Lis Street, E1 · Flower and Dean Street, E1 · Folgate Street, E1 · Forbes Street, E1 · Fournier Street, E1 · French Place, E1 · Frying Pan Alley, E1 · Gainsford Street, SE1 · Gascoigne Place, E2 · George Street, E1 · Gibraltar Walk, E2 · Goldman Close, E2 · Goodman’s Yard, E1 · Goring Street, EC3A · Gosset Street, E2 · Goulston Street, E1 · Gower’s Walk, E1 · Gowers Walk, E1 · Granby Street, E2 · Gravel Lane, E1 · Greatorex Street, E1 · Grimsby Street, E2 · Gun Street, E1 · Gunthorpe Street, E1 · Hanbury Street, E1 · Harrow Place, E1 · Haydon Street, E1 · Haydon Street, EC3N · Heneage Lane, EC3A · Heneage Street, E1 · Henriques Street, E1 · Hereford Street, E2 · Hermitage Wall, E1W · Holywell Lane, EC2A · Hooper Street, E1 · Hopetown Street, E1 · Horselydown Lane, SE1 · Houndsditch, EC3A · Hunton Street, E1 · Ibex House, EC3N · India Street, EC3N · Irongate House, EC3A · Ivory House, E1W · Jewry Street, EC3N · Kerbela Street, E2 · King John Court, EC2A · Kings Arms Court, E1 · Kirton Gardens, E2 · Lafone Street, SE1 · Lamb Street, E1 · Leman Street, E1 · Leyden Street, E1 · Library Square, E1 · Ligonier Street, E2 · Little Paternoster Row, E1 · Little Somerset Street, E1 · Lloyd?s Avenue, EC3N · Lloyds Avenue, EC3N · Lolesworth Close, E1 · London Fruit Exchange, E1 · Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1 · Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1 · Maguire Street, SE1 · Maguire, SE1 · Manningtree Street, E1 · Mansell Street, E1 · Mansell Street, EC3N · Marlow Workshops, E2 · Mews Street, E1W · Middlesex Street, E1 · Middlesex Street, EC3A · Mill Yard, E1 · Minories, EC3N · Minories, EC3N · Mitre Avenue, E17 · Mitre Square, EC3A · Mitre Street, EC3A · Monmouth House, E1 · Monthope Road, E1 · Mulberry Street, E1 · Muscovy Street, EC3R · Nantes Passage, E1 · Nesham Street, E1W · New Concordia Wharf, SE1 · New Goulston Street, E1 · New Inn Square, EC2A · New Inn Yard, EC2A · North Tenter Street, E1 · Norton Folgate, E1 · Norton Folgate, EC2M · Old Castle Street, E1 · Old Montague Street, E1 · Old Nichol Street, E2 · Orton Street, E1W · Osborn Street, E1 · Osborne Street, E1 · Osbourne Street, E1 · Padbury Court, E2 · Parliament Court, E1 · Pedley Street, E1 · Pepys Street, EC3N · Perseverance Works, E2 · Petty Wales, EC3N · Philchurch Place, E1 · Pinchin Street, E1 · Plough Yard, EC2A · Plumbers Row, E1 · Pomell Way, E1 · Portsoken Street, E1 · Potters Fields, SE1 · Prescot Street, E1 · Princelet Street, E1 · Printing House Yard, E2 · Providence Square, SE1 · Puma Court, E1 · Quaker Street, E1 · Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 · Quilter Street, E2 · Railway Arches, EC2A · Railway Arches, EC3N · Raven Wharf, SE1 · Redchurch Street, E2 · Rhoda Street, E2 · Rivington Place, EC2A · Roberta Street, E2 · Rochelle Street, E2 · Rose Court, E1 · Royal Mint Court, EC3N · Royal Mint Place, E1 · Royal Mint Street, E1 · Rupert Street, E1 · Saint Katharine’s Way, E1W · Saint Katherine’s Way, E1W · Sale Street, E2 · Sandy’s Row, E1 · Sandys Row, E1 · Saracen?s Head Yard, EC3N · Savage Gardens, EC3N · Scarborough Street, E1 · Sclater Street, E1 · Seething Lane, EC3N · Shacklewell Street, E2 · Shad Thames, E1W · Shad Thames, SE1 · Shoreditch High Street, E1 · Shoreditch High Street, E8 · Shoreditch High Street, EC1V · Shoreditch High Street, EC2A · Shorter Street, E1 · Shorter Street, EC3N · Silwex House, E1 · South Tenter Street, E1 · Spellman Street, E1 · Spelman House, E1 · Spelman Street, E1 · Spital Square, E1 · Spital Street, E1 · Spring Walk, E1 · Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 · St Anthony’s Close, E1W · St Botolph Street, EC3A · St Clare House, EC3N · St Clare Street, EC3N · St James’s Passage, EC3A · St James’s Place, EC3A · St Katharines Way, E1W · St Katharine’s Way, E1W · St Mark Street, E1 · St Matthews Row, E2 · St. Botolph Street, EC3A · Star Place, E1W · Stockholm Way, E1W · Stoney Lane, E1 · Stothard Place, EC2M · Strype Street, E1 · Sugar Quay Walk, EC3N · Sunbury Workshops, E2 · Swanfield Street, E2 · Tea Building, E1 · Tenter Ground, E1 · The Arches, EC2A · The Circle, SE1 · The Queen?s Steps, EC3N · The Queen’s Steps, EC3N · Thomas More Square, E1W · Thomas More Street, E1W · Thrawl Street, E1 · Three Oak Lane, SE1 · Tower Bridge Approach, E1W · Tower Bridge Approach, EC3N · Tower Bridge Piazza, SE1 · Tower Bridge, E1W · Tower Bridge, SE1 · Tower Hill Terrace, EC3N · Tower Hill, EC3N · Tower Walk, E1W · Toynbee Street, E1 · Trinity Square, EC3N · Turin Street, E2 · Turville Street, E2 · Underwood Road, E1 · Unity Wharf, SE1 · Vaughan Way, E1W · Victoria Yard, E1 · Vine Street, EC3N · Virginia Road, E2 · Virginia Street, E1W · Vogans Mill, SE1 · Waterson Street, E2 · Wear Place, E2 · Weaver Street, E1 · Wellclose Square, E1 · Wellington Row, E2 · Wentworth Street, E1 · West Tenter Street, E1 · Wheler Street, E1 · Whitby Street, E1 · White Church Lane, E1 · White Kennet Street, E1 · White Kennett Street, E1 · White Kennett Street, EC3A · Whitechapel High Street, E1 · Whitechapel Market, E1 · Whites Row, E1 · Widegate Street, E1 · Wilkes Street, E1 · Wood Close, E2 · Woodseer Street, E1 ·
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