This is station number 43 on my journey along the Central Line. The name of the station has been taken from the nearby Hanger Hill. The word 'Hanger' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word hangra meaning wooded slope. Although the hill still exists it can no longer be described as a wooded slope.
I enjoyed looking at the list of stations on the Central line, knowing I had visited all the stations Eastbound and just have seven to visit Westbound.
The circular ticket hall is spacious and light. This station has been in my mind for a while after a comment from Wendy 'Definitely another really interesting post. Can't wait to see what you find at Hanger Lane though. on St Paul's ' Once I left the station I could see what she meant.
The morning traffic report wouldn't be complete without a mention of problems at the Hanger Lane Gyratory System. It is too large and has too many lanes to just be called a roundabout hence the word Gyratory. It is not a junction for the inexperienced or nervous driver. If you get into the wrong lane then hard luck as there is no chance whatsoever of someone allowing you to move into the correct lane. In some sections there are seven lanes to negotiate. At rush hour it carries 10.000 vehicles an hour. In December 2007 it was named Britain's scariest junction.
So in the midst of this roundabout is the Hanger Lane Underground station and a small nature reserve.
Crossing the roads above ground is impossible so there is a large subway system. I left the busy roundabout and walked south on Hanger Lane which took me to the top of Hanger Hill. Here there was a park with a pitch and putt course, nature reserve and children's playground. Being in the park you are immediately removed from the traffic thundering along outside. It was a gloriously sunny but cold day and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the park.
I did find this photo on Wikipedia just to give you an idea of the grandeur of the building.
The area around the tube station is a residential one. These houses are part of the Brentham Garden Suburb. The suburb was designed by the leading garden city architects with the houses built mostly in the Arts and Crafts style. Although small at 680 houses and flats it was the first garden suburb to be built on 'co-partnership' principles and made its mark on town planning and domestic architecture. In 1969 the Brentham Garden Suburb was designated a conservation area.
This is the new church of St Mary's Church
This is Twyford Abbey. Currently visible only from the back of St Mary's Church. Built in the middle ages this was the manor house for the local lords of West Twyford. It was given the name of Twyford Abbey by its owner in the 1800s who wanted his home to have a pseudo monastic name. In 1902 the building was bought by a Catholic religious order and was used as a nursing home.
The old St Mary's Church (which you can see at the back of the new church) was disused when the nursing home opened and was reopened for weekly services in 1907.
The nursing home closed in 1988 and the building has been left to deteriorate. But looking at the building today it looks as though work has started on the grounds but there is high fencing up so you can't see what is happening. The house is a Grade II listed building and when it was bought by property developers a number of years ago, requests for planning permission to convert the building into a hotel and to build properties on the grounds wasn't granted. I'm not sure what is happening now.
I'm pleased to say that Hanger Lane turned out to be more interesting than I imagined.