>>by Adrian Davies
Regrettably, the station’s original
frontage on the Brompton Road was demolished in early 1972 (together
with the former Gladstone pub and a rather fine bank building at
the corner of Brompton Square) to make way for the non-descript
white fronted building that presently occupies the site, though
the side entrance in Cottage Place is almost unaltered.
Before the Piccadilly line: the “Gladstone” public house in the Brompton Road in the 1880s.
The cottages in the background were demolished and the main entrance to Brompton Road station was
erected on the site where they stand about twenty years after this photograph was taken.
(above and below) Original frontage of Brompton Road station, as still visible until 1972
- the much rebuilt Gladstone P. H. can be seen to the left.
© Jim Connor, reproduced by permission
The side of Brompton Road station
seen in 1972, before alteration of the windows
It was still possible to see the station from passing trains well
into the 1950s, but yellow brick walls were later erected to screen
the platform area from view (as also happened at Down Street, where
more can however be seen from trains even to-day).
The Brompton Road station site today
If you look carefully to the right from the window of a train proceeding
from Knightsbridge to South Kensington (in either direction, since
Brompton Road had island platforms, similar to those at Hyde Park
Corner) you can see the brick walls. In my experience, they are
more easily observed when travelling west from Knightsbridge to
South Kensington than in the opposite direction.
Behind them the station is surprisingly intact, though the platforms
have been demolished. Dr James Fox took some fascinating photographs
a few years ago. They can be found here.
Brompton Road station entrance, 1925
(c) TfL London Transport Museum
The site of Brompton Road station today, looking towards Brompton Oratory.
A 2011 platform level view of Brompton Road station
July 2011 underground tour of Brompton Road