Marlborough Road
The station building in 2008
Marlborough Road is located in Central London
Marlborough Road
Marlborough Road
Location of Marlborough Road in Central London
LocationSt John's Wood
OwnerMetropolitan Railway
Number of platforms2
Key dates
13 April 1868 (1868-04-13)Opened
20 November 1939 (1939-11-20)Closed
Replaced bySt John's Wood
Other information
WGS8451°32′12″N 0°10′33″W / 51.53666°N 0.17593°W / 51.53666; -0.17593
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Marlborough Road is a disused London Underground station in St John's Wood, northwest London NW8, England. It opened in April 1868[1] on the Metropolitan & St. John's Wood Railway, the first northward extension from Baker Street of the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line). It is located at the junction of Finchley Road and Queen's Grove.[2]

Site of the old platforms at Marlborough Road

In the mid-1930s, the Metropolitan line was suffering congestion at the south end of its main route, where trains from its many branches shared the limited capacity between Finchley Road and Baker Street. To ease this congestion, new deep-level tunnels were constructed between Finchley Road and the Bakerloo line tunnels at Baker Street; then, commencing on 20 November 1939,[1] the Metropolitan's services toward Stanmore were transferred to the Bakerloo line (they are now on the Jubilee line) and ran to Baker Street through the new tunnels.

Upon the transfer, Marlborough Road station was closed and replaced by St John's Wood station, then on the Bakerloo line;[3] it had been little used, except (owing to its close proximity to Lord's Cricket Ground) during the cricket season.[3]

Shots of the remains of the platforms, and an outside shot of the station building and booking hall—which at the time was in use as a steak restaurant—were included in Metro-Land, a 1973 documentary presented by John Betjeman. The building housed a Chinese restaurant until 2009 and now contains a substation installed as part of the power upgrade programme to support the introduction of S stock on the Metropolitan line.[3]

Marlborough Road itself was renamed Marlborough Place in the 1950s.[3]

For a period since its closure, the station building became a Chinese restaurant.[4] It is close to the Abbey Road Studios, used by The Beatles in the 1960s.

See also

Other Metropolitan line stations that closed with the opening of the new Bakerloo tunnels:

References

  1. ^ a b "Clive's Underground Line Guides – Metropolitan Line, Dates". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. ^ Catford, Nick. "Station Name: Marlborough Road". Disused Stations. UK. Retrieved 1 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d "Marlborough Road (1868–1939)". London's Abandoned Tube Stations. Retrieved 4 January 2018..
  4. ^ Elvery, Martin (27 February 2023). "Abandoned London Underground station which became a restaurant with Tube trains passing below it". MyLondon. Retrieved 1 December 2023.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Former services
Swiss Cottage Metropolitan line Lord's