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A look at some of Harrow’s art deco tube stations

For a great many people in Harrow, a local tube station is simply a method of getting from A to B – and give little thought to their surroundings when waiting for their morning train.

We do however have some pretty special features in our borough’s stations and we’re going to look at some of these today:

Harrow on the Hill

Built in August 1880, this station was officially named Harrow on the Hill in 1894. As with other stations, Harrow on the Hill has been periodically modernised but, today, it still retains some period features including the unusual art deco waiting room (below) between platforms 5 and 6.

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Harrow on the Hill. Image: Sunil060902 via Wikipedia

Rayners Lane

Most Harrovians will have driven or walked past Rayners Lane station at one time or another – and with its unusual facade, it’s pretty hard to miss. Opened in May 1906, the station’s official name was Rayners Lane Halt however, to locals, it became known as “Pneumonia Junction” due to its exposed location.

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Rayners Lane Station. Image: Ewan Munro

The station is distinctive due to its windowed facade and art deco booth which is now a newsagent and shop.

Sudbury Town

On the Piccadilly line toward Heathrow, Sudbury Town station was opened in 1906 – three years before Rayners Lane and, in fact, the two stations have a very similar design – particularly with the grid of windows on their frontages.

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Sudbury Town Tube. Image: Mike Quinn

The London Borough of Harrow boats an impressive number of stations with art deco  and / or historic features, some of which have listed status including:

  • Eastcote
  • Harrow & Wealdstone
  • Rayners Lane
  • Sudbury Hill
  • Sudbury Town

This means that whatever other changes may occur, we can continue to enjoy these historic features for many years to come.

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