District Line

Hammersmith & City Line

 

ST. MARY'S

(1884-1938)

St. Mary's station was closed when Aldgate East station was relocated further east.
The new Aldgate East was given an additional entrance at its eastern end,
thus making the distance between it and St.Mary's minimal.

St.Mary's station building was destroyed by a WWII bomb in 1940.


 

 

 

 

 

The station building in 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

The station building just after closure in 1938.

 

 

 

The emergency doors providing track level access on Whitechapel Road, between Aldgate East and Whitechapel stations.
They are the only clue at surface level that there was ever a station there.

(2001)

 

 

 

 

 

The platforms had a brick wall built on the edge of the platform as part of its conversion to air-raid shelter during the war.
The wall still remains and that is virtually all you will see from a passing train.

(Mar 2002)

 

 


View from track level of the crossover passage ironwork, still in place in June 2006.

Photo: Simon Emmett. ©2006

 


View from track level in June 2006.

Photo: Simon Emmett. ©2006

 

 


View from track level in June 2006.

Photo: Simon Emmett. ©2006

 

 

 

 

Interesting map from the 1930s showing 1) St.Mary's station and 2) Whitechapel station layout, clearly showing the District line, (what is now) the East London line, and the St.Mary's curve connection between the two.

The St.Mary's curve was decommissioned during the East London Line overground conversions works and the tunnel blocked.

 

 

 

Photo by Gary. ©2011

 

 

 

Photo by Gary. ©2011

 

 

 

The platform area sealed off from the tracks by the brick wall.

Photo by Gary. ©2011

 

 

 

Eastward view of the line curving round to the left toward Whitechapel station.

Photo by Gary. ©2011

 

 

 

As above but a closer view. The tunnel going straight on is the link to the East London line, once used by Metropolitan line trains to get to New Cross/New Cross Gate but now severed. Note the changes in the roof.

Photo by Gary. ©2011


 

LINKS

The BBC have an online movie tour by historian Dan Cruickshank in The London Nobody Knows. Click here for it.


 

South Acton (District Line)

 

 

Top two photographs on this page are in the public domain.
Photos 3 - 4 ©2001-2011. Reproduction prohibited.
Photos 5 - 7 ©2006-2011. Simon Emmett.
Photos 9 - 13 ©2011. Gary.