West Brompton

Another quite cute little station, West Brompton has a bigger history than is apparent
these days. A station opened here in 1866 by the West London Joint Railway (WLJR)
on the route it had opened in 1860 (pre Metropolitan Line) from, what is now
called, Kensington Olympia to Clapham junction. This ancient route has now been
revived by the London Overground. The Metropolitan District built a station
next door in 1869 with a view to joining up with the WLJR but this link never
happened and West Brompton became a terminus for the Metropolitan District until
the next push onwards to Putney Bridge in 1880. The 1866 station was damaged in
The Blitz and subsequently demolished. It looks like a small out of the way station
but in fact you can now catch both District and London Overground trains here
and, weirdly enough, National Rail services to Milton Keynes and Croydon: how
odd. According to the ever informative Mr Cyril Harris the Brompton of which West Brompton is west was once a ‘Broom Town’ which apparently means, the wide common with the broom trees near a town. I just don’t believe a word of that, surely even our ancient Anglo-Saxon forbearers when naming places in their quaint unhelpful ways wouldn’t have referred to ‘a town’; they would have given the name of the place.

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One Response to West Brompton

  1. Yangchen Lin says:

    I have been to this one – was impressed with the double bridges. One of those delightful stations that lie just outside the main tourist highways of the Underground. Definitely worth a visit!

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