West Brompton Underground Station - Old Brompton Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.238 W 000° 11.741
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West Brompton station serves London Underground's District line as well as London Overground and main line services. It is located on the south east side of Old Brompton Road opposite Earls Court exhibition centre and immediately west of the cemetry.
Waymark Code: WMM6DK
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 07/30/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Wikipedia carries an article about the station that tells us:

West Brompton is a Network Rail West London Line (WLL) and London Underground District Line station in west London. It is located on Old Brompton Road (A3218) immediately south of Earls Court Exhibition Centre and to the west of Brompton Cemetery.

The station is on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line between Earl's Court and Fulham Broadway stations.

On the WLL, National Rail services are provided by Southern and London Overground. The station is between Kensington (Olympia) and Imperial Wharf stations.

Since 2000 it has been a Grade II Listed Building.

The West London Extension Joint Railway (WLEJR) was opened in the early 1860s. It joined the southern end of the West London Joint Railway at Kensington (Olympia) station with Clapham Junction station and ran through West Brompton although a station was not opened until 1866.

On 12 April 1869, the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the District Line) opened its own station adjacent to the WLEJR station as the terminus and only station on its extension from Gloucester Road station (Earl's Court station did not open until 1871). The original plan was to connect the MDR to the WLEJR but this did not take place.

On 1 March 1880, the MDR opened an extension south from West Brompton to Putney Bridge.

In 1940, during World War II, several WLL stations sustained bomb damage. Passenger services on the WLL between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction were withdrawn on 21 October 1940. The Underground station remained in use and the WLL continued in use for freight traffic. The WLL station buildings and platforms were subsequently demolished.

Full passenger services resumed on the WLL in 1994, but it was not until 1 June 1999 that new Network Rail platforms were opened at West Brompton. The works were funded by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on whose border the station lies.

The WLL platforms do not have a separate entrance and access is from the Underground station. The District Line serves platforms 1 and 2 and the WLL serves platforms 3 and 4. There is a fence between platforms 2 and 3, but they are on the same level and it is possible to pass directly between them.

There are lifts to both overground platforms, and this means there is also step-free access to the eastbound District Line platform, but not the westbound one.

London Buses Routes 74, 190, 430, C1, C3 and Night Routes N74 and N97 serve the station.

As mentioned, the station is Grade II listed with the entry at the English Heritage website telling us:

Underground station. Opened 12th April 1869 as an extension of the Metropolitan Railway and first District Line through trains ran on 1st August 1870. Designed by Sir John Fowler, engineer to both companies, in Classical style. Some alterations to Booking hall c1928 and refurbished c1990. Booking Hall is built of white Suffolk bricks with slate pavilion roof. Left side brick chimneystacks but tall original stacks replaced. together with original cresting. One storey , originally symmetrical with four round-headed arched windows with keystone linked by impost blocks flanking larger similar central door. In 1928 the former ladies' room on the right was rebuilt for retain space and the two right hand windows changed into a large window under segmental-headed arch with keystone. The lower part has been altered in the later C20. Left side retains one original window but the left window was later converted into a secondary entrance leaving the outline of the original arch visible. Panelled parapet, moulded cornice and panelled band below the cornice. Parapet originally had urn finials at the corners and ball finials to the centre. Originally there was also on each side a lower height porch with round-headed arch with central keystone but only the right hand one survives with blocked doorcase. Ticket hall refurbished in later C20. Rear wall on to train shed has five round-headed arches, three of which are blocked. Original train shed with brick blank arcaded retaining walls with round-headed arches with keystones and impost blocks, extending also along full length of one platform. Engine shed is about 66 feet long having 6 bays of brick arches at the sides and roof with 9 bays of segmental-headed iron trusses supporting wooden roof with central glazed lantern and wooden framed end clad in vertical planks and supported on a square wooden pier and pilaster on each side with moulded pendants. Angled roof appears to have been a prototype for the 1870s Earl's Court and Ealing Broadway stations. Twin cast iron footbridges for departing and arriving passengers both survive, although the exit footbridge is no longer linked with the street These have decorative balustrading, square newel posts and mahogany handrails and are supported on decorated cast iron columns. Cast iron bridges between with criss-cross design balustrading. Some late C20 brick infill below staircases. One of a small number of 1860s underground stations which are the first in the world, West Brompton being unusual in retaining its original Booking Hall , although with some alterations. It is the best preserved example of a station on the District Line.

Is there other puplic transportation in the area?: Yes

What level is the station?: Below street level

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