Metroland

Found between the books

I mentioned yesterday that we were decorating. Bookshelves have to be emptied and that means the odd treasure turns up.

Here’s one of them – a Metropolitan Railway map of London.

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That’s just the cover. The map itself opens out.

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It certainly makes sure the Metropolitan lines, shown in red, are highly visible.

The map doesn’t carry a date, but there are clues.

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Finsbury Park station tells us it is for the L&NE Rly. The London and North Eastern Railway was formed in 1923 and lasted until 1948. However, the old Metropolitan Railway became a part of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933. So that really gives the map a date of between 1923 and 1933. For those who like the strange or bizarre items, the map shows the Brill branch.

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Between 1933 and its closure in 1935, Brill, a remote village in the Chilterns, was served by London Underground trains!

This map has other useful information.

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Cheap fares to Metro-land could take customers to pretty villages and some are shown on the back of the map.

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But for people who need the information, central London is explained too

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That’s quite a historic piece.

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