Hornchurch

While Hornchurch Station itself wasn’t really that interesting that big Essex sky was a very fine site. The sky becomes bigger and more natural as you get East of London and you get the first glimmers of there being a big world out there beyond the city. For some reason I have never found the same thing happens heading West, South or North but Essex always seems to hold a certain promise: not in itself but of being a kind of gateway to foreignness. I also loved the platform seating here with their strange organic metalwork which I haven’t seen on any other station. Our naming expert Mr Harris finds a reference to a 13th Century horned church but, I have to say, I don’t believe a word of it and suggest we leave the origin of this decidedly odd name obscure. The station was built in 1885 by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, the first Underground trains arrived in 1902 and the station was rebuilt in 1932.

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4 Responses to Hornchurch

  1. Andrew Rodger says:

    The ‘Horned’ part of the church were the gables, apparently…

    • Ciaran Kenny says:

      Cheers Andrew, someone else mentioned that he has a photograph showing some kind of sculpture on the church – with horns – I suspect that might have come after the name though.

  2. Pete Coles says:

    The church goes have a bull’s head, complete with horns, but these are thought to be an 18th century addition. The church itself is mostly 14th century although there was a church on the site from the 1100’s. The theory about the gables of the original church loosely resembling horns is generally considered to be correct, certainly locally anyway. I couldn’t find a way of adding a photo of the horns in question to this site but here’s a link to my photo on my Facebook page if that’s any use:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=122748534469314&set=a.119479071462927.23355.116043255139842&type=3&theater

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