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Brompton Road, London Underground Station

Brompton Road disused London Underground Station, soon to re-opened to the public once more by Ajit Chambers and the Old London Underground Company. Take a tour through the pictures on the right to find out more about the history of this amazing space 

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A look around Brompton Station - see more on the Old London Underground Company's Youtube channel

Brompton Road, Underground station

Brompton Road London Underground Station (disused)

Brompton Road last served the traveling public on 29th July 1934. Bereft of customers who preferred either the nearby stations of Knightsbridge or Hyde Park Corner it was just too near its neighbours. Every time a train stops it adds to the overall journey time so something had to give to improve journey times and the little used station was at first bypassed by passing trains and then finally shut off from the outside world for a time.

Some of Brompton Road's lifts were taken to Hyde Park Corner and its empty underground chambers potential as an area safe from bombing was soon realised at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The lower lift landings and the shaft were relatively easily transformed into the perfect shape for an anti aircraft operations room, a function it continued to provide past the end of the war and even into the 1950's.

In 2011 the Old London Underground Company embarked on an ambitious programme of turning disused Underground stations into useful facilities for London once again. Brompton Road is one of the prime sites for redevelopment. Set in fashionable Knightsbridge its set to be transformed into a tourist attraction with restaurant and museum spaces. 

Brompton Road station stairs

Entering through the main door of the building after just a few turns the splendour of the old Brompton Road station tiling is revealed.

Brompton Road spiral staircase

You are quickly transported back in time down a spiral staircase where first commuters then anti aircraft controllers once trod.

Brompton Road station - To The Stairs

Heading deeper underground much of the original tiled signage is still in place.

Brompton Road - Danger Ammunition

Hand written signs more than hint at the military past of the building

Brompton Road - War Office poster

This War Office sign still exhorts passers by to take care of vital spaces and equipment.

Brompton Road Station Anti Aircraft Control Room

The Anti Aircraft control room itself was the perfect shape for conducting operations against enemy aircraft. On the far wall in an alcove sits a map of the section of South London it was responsible for.

Brompton Road Station Anti Aircraft Map

The map itself is still well preserved and shows how defences were split up across the capital.

Brompton Road Station gas condensers 

Hulking machinery still occupies some of the rooms.

Brompton Road shaft

Brompton Road shaft 2

Running through all the floors are large pipes covered in the metallic soot which covers everything.

Brompton Road Tube station was South of Knightsbridge and is one of several names no longer appearing on the Piccadilly Underground line including Down Street and Dover Street.

LONDON RAIL INDEX

London Underground 
Brompton Road (disused) 
Aldwych (disused)
Waterloo & City Line
Underground Pioneer (150 years)
Boston Manor Signal Box
Art Deco on the Underground

West London Branch lines
Staines to West Drayton 
Southall to Brentford
West Drayton to Uxbridge
West Ealing to Greenford
Uxbridge High Street to Denham 

Other Railway Relics
Slough to Windsor branch line
Maidenhead Boyne Hill station
Feltham Mashalling Yards
Feltham Station
Feltham Cavalry Tunnel 
Richmond - old BR posters

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