This is White City, the 38th station as I make my way from East to West on the Central Line. It was opened as part of an extension to the Central Line in 1947 having been delayed for 8 years due to the outbreak of war.Unusually there are three tracks at this station with the centre track having platforms on each side so it can deal with trains running in either direction.
A large, light ticket hall.
You exit the station onto Wood Lane almost opposite the old BBC Centre. For many people the name White City would conjure up images of the BBC and also the White City Stadium
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Parts of the facade will remain, behind which will be cafes, shops as well as the housing development.
BBC Media Village or BBC White City had six buildings occupying a 17 acre site on Wood Lane. Currently only Broadcast Centre (which is next to the old BBC centre) and the Lighthouse are being used by the BBC.
This building was part of the BBC Media City which is now going to be called White City Place. The BBC buildings were not the first on this site
This was also the site of the 1908 Olympic Games which were supposed to be held in Italy. However the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906 meant that funds needed to be diverted to the rebuilding of Naples and the Games offered to London. White City already had exhibition buildings ready for the Franco British exhibition, at that time a more notable event than the Olympic Games. A stadium was added to the plans which housed the running and cycling tracks, a swimming pool and a pitch for football, hockey, rugby and lacrosse. It was at these games that the modern marathon distance of 26 miles and 385 yards was first used. The distance was measured from Windsor Castle and White City Stadium. After the Olympics it continued to be used for athletics until the outbreak of war in 1914. A new track was laid in 1931 and for the next 40 years the stadium was used for athletics events until a new venue at Crystal Palace was built.in 1971. White City Stadium was also used for greyhound racing . The dog racing continued for over 50 years with the last race happening in September 1984. The stadium was demolished in 1985 to make way for the BBC White City building. Today the Olympics are commemorated with a list of medal winners inscribed on the side of the BBC Broadcast Centre.
Couldn't visit White City without finding the Queens Park Rangers football ground at Loftus Road. I am not a football supporter but whilst exploring the Bakerloo Line I visited Queens Park where this football club was founded.
This five storey housing estate was built in the 1930s and was also given the name White City. Streets were named after countries that had featured in the exhibitions.
20 huge palaces and 120 exhibition buildings were built for the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908. The exhibition showcased the cultural and industrial achievements of France and Britain. Made of steel and concrete, the ornate buildings were whitewashed which was the source of the name White City.