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The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 24th) Blackfriars | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 24th) Blackfriars

Since the station (re-opened in 2012, after some years of closure and renovation is almost uniformly ghastly, we shall pass through it as quickly as possible and move on to our church for this part of the tour. Step lively please.   St Bride’s stands in Fleet Street, with its very distinctive Wren spire. It is,...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 23rd) Mansion House | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 23rd) Mansion House

Mansion House station is a somewhat unremarkable station: nothing of any huge historic note has happened here, no one has been notably blown up or murdered in the left luggage office. It has simply trundled along competently since its opening in 1871 as part of the MDR. Architecturally the building is...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 22nd) Cannon Street | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 22nd) Cannon Street

If we are very lucky, and are travelling through the circle line during the working week, we will not hear the dread words “Cannon Street Station is closed and trains will not be stopping here”, which would be a pity, because Cannon Street is a station with a very interesting...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 21st) Monument | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 21st) Monument

Continuing along our way, we arrive at Monument, which is well deserving of the capital letter. The station itself is a rabbit warren, being as it is in fact two stations joined together by an escalator, the other station being Bank, voted the Tube’s worst station by a YouGov Poll in 2013,...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 20th) Tower Hill | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the 20th) Tower Hill

Since it’s opening in 1884, the name Tower Hill has been applied to no less than three stations in this vicinity: The first Tower Hill (I), (on which the present Tower Hill (III) is built) was opened in 1884, and then closed in 1946. There was another station slightly further up, called Mark...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Nineteenth) Aldgate | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Nineteenth) Aldgate

Continuing round we come to Aldgate: the only station which is passed through solely by the Circle line (it is also the terminus of the Metropolitan line). Of itself, it is a somewhat unremarkable station. It was heavily effected during the London bombings, in 2005 but was the first to re-open afterwards. Aldgate...
by Michael Webb
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