Wapping station, then and now

13 October 2012 at 11:56 | Posted in Docklands past, Docklands present, Photos | 2 Comments
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Wapping station opened with its southern sister Rotherhithe in 1869, when the Thames Tunnel was converted from a foot tunnel to a railway. When London Underground closed service on the East London line in December 2007 for its transfer to London Overground, the station – along with others along the route – got a substantial facelift, as the following photos illustrate. The older pictures were taken around 1990, and the newer ones during the summer of 2012.

The station entrance has been rotated; where previously there was a narrow at the western corner, today there is a brighter entrance from the centre of the booking hall:

The ticket hall is virtually unrecognisable, with the entrance and staff accommodation moving, and the gateline being reorientated 90 degrees to face the larger entrance:

The top of the staircase from the ticket hall:

The bottom of the lifts:

The southbound platform from the northbound platform:

Much smarter stair access:

Top of the northbound platform:

Looking along the southbound platform:

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Rotherhithe – a place in history, 1982 video

18 September 2011 at 17:37 | Posted in Docklands past, Videos | 1 Comment
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This fascinating amateur footage, if somewhat showing its age now, was shot around the Rotherhithe area in 1982, and has found its way onto YouTube for all to enjoy courtesy of Michael Reardon.

Part one:

Part two:

I’m very grateful to Michael Reardon for editing it and putting it onto YouTube (and to Gary for alerting me to it!).

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