It only services the Jubilee Line although the Metropolitan line passes through the station on the outer rail lines. It is thought the unusual name of the station is derived from a 16th century local family with the name Dalley.
Stairs at the end of the platform lead down to the ground level giving you a choice of two exits. The tube line seems to split Dollis Hill into two distinct areas. To the left takes you through quiet wide streets of semi-detached houses leading you uphill to Gladstone Park. The other exit takes you out onto narrower streets of terraced housing. The passageway between the exits is decorated with illustrated panels.
'The development of the area is traced through the use of land maps incorporating those of the 16th century through to the 20th century. These are juxtaposed with the notion of relative constancy of the stars revealed through an artist's interpretation of classical star maps.'
There are a few shops opposite the station but not enough to call it a shopping parade. I followed the road uphill to Gladstone Park and the top of Dollis Hill. The park had the usual facilities of playground, outdoor gym, basketball and tennis courts.
For much of this time he was the Prime Minister. He liked to rest in a hammock beneath the trees and take a dip in the pond. In 1900, Willesden Council acquired Dollis Hill House and 96 acres of surrounding land as a park for the increasing population. The park was opened in 1901 and named in honour of William Gladstone who died in 1898. The house was used as a hospital during the First World War and then a convalescent home for ex servicemen until 1923. From 1974 until 1989 it was used as a catering college.
From the park I could see an interesting building rising above the other buildings.
In a bomb proof basement of one of the outer buildings, Winston Churchill held two war cabinet meetings here instead of the War Office in Downing Street.
At the bottom of the hill was Cricklewood library/cafe. Sadly not open until much later in the day.
I could now see what looked like a large Victorian chimney and wandered through a few streets until the mystery was solved when I came across this Thames Water pumping station shrouded in scaffolding. Built in 1905 so not really Victorian but almost. The pumping station was built to provide water from the River Thames to London's outer suburbs. The water was pumped up from the river and stored in reservoirs. The pumping station was coal fired until the 1950s and the 135ft (41m) tall chimney was used to discharge smoke. By the late 1950s the station had converted to electric power and the chimney became obsolete.
The chimney is now used as a mobile phone mast.
Not far from the pumping station was this one time evangelical church which is now an Ethiopian Orthodox church.
The exit took me out onto a street of terraced houses with a colourful mural on the wall.
Somehow the streets looked dirtier with much heavier traffic. I wandered down a couple of side roads and then followed a sign to the Jewish Cemetery.