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by Adrian Davies

Passing Brompton Road...

Seventy-five years ago, the Brompton Road lost its very own underground station. Few know its story. This site tells you some of that story, and links to other online resources that will tell you much more.

Brompton Road station in 1906
Brompton Road station in 1906
(c) TfL London Transport Museum

Where was the station? Just off the busy Brompton Road in a little side street called Cottage Place, leading from the Brompton Oratory to Ennismore Gardens, the passer by can see a curious sight, part of a building clad in red, “ox blood” faience tiles, claiming to be no. 206 Brompton Road. It looks nothing like the white fronted mock Georgian pastiche with which it shares a postal address, nor the other, older and quainter buildings in Cottage Place.

Brompton Oratory prewar
A pre-war view of the Oratory taken from Brompton Road.

To-day it serves as the headquarters of the University of London Air Squadron. Formerly it had a very different use, as probably the least known of the Piccadilly line’s four “lost” stations, perhaps the most famous of which is Down Street (Mayfair), the most likely to re-open is York Road, and the most recently lost is Aldwych (formerly Strand), which only closed in 1994.

Once upon a time . . .

Brompton Road

Brompton Road underground ticket


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