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History behind 13 London tube station names

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The peculiar names of some of London's most famous Underground stations have bemused travellers for years.

Dating from the mid-19th-century, the Underground has grown and grown but its heritage has survived.

Reflecting London's traditions, many station names reference centuries' old pubs or stately homes, while some have even more random roots.

Now, the tales behind 13 of the strange station names have been revealed.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/cockfosters-swiss-cottage-true-meaning-16593309

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/fascinating-tales-behind-names-13-16588335

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acute

I'm surprised at how many of those I already knew!

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Gwynbleidd

I didn't know about probably half of them as I don't live there.  But it sure is interesting to see how Paddington came about.  The next one after Paddington though...not sure about that name! :lol:  (you'll have to read it) but it's sooooo old too, almost 400 years old!  So amazing over there :)

 

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hetrodoxly

Very interesting i always struggle with Marylebone a couple of weeks ago i got a taxi from there (the railway station) to the British museum £10 you'd pay that on the tube, anyway on the way back when i asked the driver to take us to Marylebone with my west midland accent he laughed and said what sounds like 'Maryebone' the locals seem to miss out the 'le'. when ever i hear Tooting i can't help thinking of  Wolfie (citizen Smith) leader of the Tooting national front, you have to be of a certain age.

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Essan

Could have gone into a lot more detail.  For example, whilst Arsenal station may be named after the football team whose ground if serves, the football team themselves were named after the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Arsenal

 

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