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.