This is one of those stations I had been looking forward to visiting since I started exploring the Central Line. It is sited next to a very busy roundabout which I have to negotiate on my frequent trips to Manchester. Every time I drive past I wonder why you would want to exit the Underground at that particular spot. So today was my chance to find out.
The station was designed by Charles Holden, an architect who designed a number of Underground stations during the 1920s and 30s.
This is the lighting in the ticket hall.
I like the way Holden has incorporated the roundel into the fencing at the back of the station. The initial design was for a glass tower which would be permanently lit but post war shortages prevented it being built.
The front entrance to the station.
Across from the station is this large pub and Premier Inn hotel. Its close proximity to the North Circular (inner London orbital road) and the M11 motorway (useful for Stanstead airport) would make this a convenient stopover for visitors to London.
Above the gateway were the words:
They are ever in our thoughts
Love never dies
Look at all the mistletoe clumps in the trees.
This primary school built in 1905 still has the school bell in its tower on the roof.
I wonder if they still ring it occasionally
Time to return to Redbridge Underground station via the subway.