Jason Allen 22/06/70

Interesting Facts About The Northern Line

So, as you may or may not know we created a massive list containing An Interesting Fact About Every London Tube Station.

But because it’s so big, we also created a little splinter list dedicated to stations on The Northern Line – a list which, lo and behold, you’ll find on this very page – starting with, High Barnet.

High Barnet

Is situated on the hill that’s thought to be the inspiration for the nursery rhyme ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’.

Totteridge & Whetstone

Was originally named ‘Whetstone and Totteridge’, owing to the fact that it is in Whetstone. But the name was switched, for reasons we still can’t tell.

Woodside Park

Alphabetically, the last name on the entire Tube network.

West Finchley

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Made predominantly from fittings taken from other stations in the North of England. The bridge apparently came from Yorkshire.

Mill Hill East

Features a viaduct in which trains travel 18m above ground – the highest point on the Underground network.

Finchley Central

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Has an original copy of the Harry Beck Tube map on display; he lived nearby and used the station frequently.

East Finchley

Jerry Springer was born in the station during an air raid in WW2.


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The disused platforms and tunnels have sometimes been used for filming and have appeared in several productions, including the feature film Paperhouse, and the television series EastEnders and Waking the Dead.


Hidden in the green and cream tiling pattern at Archway station, there are black arches.

Tufnell Park

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On the service board at Tufnell Park station you’ll find ‘Poetry Corner’, the station staff’s daily selection of poetry by local residents, school children and famous poets, ‘giving passengers something to read while they’re waiting for the lifts’.

Kentish Town

There used to be a South Kentish Town tube station down the road – it became permanently disused after strike action from the power station supplying it caused it to shut down, and they simply never re-opened it due to lack of passenger interest.


Was supposed to connect to Mill Hill East, and you can still see the disused track that leads to it…

Burnt Oak

The first ever Tesco was opened just down the road from the station, in 1929. The tins had no labels to keep cost down.


Was frequently used by T.E. Lawrence (AKA Lawrence of Arabia) who used the pen name ‘Colin Dale’ during his journalistic career.

Hendon Central

When it was first built, the station was surrounded by fields – the town was essentially constructed around it.

Brent Cross

Brent Cross station was named after the shopping centre when it opened nearby in 1976.

Golders Green

Was the last station on the Northern line to retain semaphore signals, replaced in 1950.


The deepest station on the line, at 58m below ground – that’s more than Nelson’s Column.

Belsize Park

The sign says 219 steps… but there are actually 189.

Chalk Farm

George Rex / Flickr

George Rex / Flickr

The Roundhouse next door used to be a railway turntable servicing the station.

Camden Town

Because the station is so busy at weekends, they’re planning on rebuilding it, and demolishing Camden Market in the process.

Mornington Crescent

Is the subject of a deliberately incomprehensible gameshow on BBC Radio 4, in which there are no rules.


Has a bench made from 450million year old stone outside of it.

Warren Street

Warren Street / IMDB / Blue Underground

Used as the location for the 1972 British horror film, Death Line, which featured a family of cannibals living on the London Underground.

Goodge Street

Not actually on Goodge Street – it’s closer to Tottenham Street, and Whitfield Street.

Tottenham Court Road

Was originally called Oxford Street (before Oxford Circus opened).

Leicester Square

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On all four platforms, film sprockets are painted down the entire length and on the top and bottom of the display area (blue on the Piccadilly line platforms, and black on the Northern line platforms), due to the four premiere cinemas in Leicester Square.

Charing Cross

Modern day Charing Cross is an amalgamation of two old stations: Trafalgar Square and Strand.


Has a huge, empty substation attached to it, abandoned since 1957. Called ‘Pages Walk’ it’s behind a blast door in the station, and is so large it’s been proposed as a possible nightclub location.


Has 23 escalators, the most of any station on the network, more than twice as many as there are in The Shard.

King’s Cross St. Pancras

Has the shortest lift shaft on the network, at just 2.3 metres.


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Has the Underground’s longest escalator at 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m.

Old Street

It’s buried in soil so acidic that the cast iron tunnel linings had to be replaced in the ’90s due to corrosion.


Has a virtually unknown second underground line which starts here – the Northern City Line runs from Moorgate to Finsbury Park.


Has the most entrances/exits of any tube station, with 12.

London Bridge

Is the only station on the entire London Underground network with the word “London” in its name.


Was essentially a replica of Kennington station, when it was first built.

Elephant & Castle

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Named after a nearby pub, which itself was name-dropped in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.


Stay on a terminating Northern line train heading south at Kennington and you’ll go round in a loop, arriving back at Kennington and heading north. People who are drunk/asleep have been known to end up in Edgware, rather than in Morden.


The first railway station to employ electrified tracks in London.


Just below the station platforms, there is an air raid shelter comprised of two tunnels, both six times the length of the platforms themselves. They’re currently used as a secure archive.

Clapham North

Martin Cervenansky

Was the test site for the UK’s first underground farm, housed in its deep level bomb shelter. The company now grows food under Clapham High Street.

Clapham Common

For 2 weeks in September 2016, all of the adverts used in the station were replaced by photos of cats.

Clapham South

The station was originally to have been called ‘Nightingale Lane’, and this name still exists hidden behind the blue bars on the platform roundels.


Balham is the only Underground station that doesn’t have any of the letters of the word ‘underground’ in it.

Tooting Bec

Has a crater on Mars named after it.

Tooting Broadway

The big statue of Edward VII at the entrance was paid for entirely by the public when it was made in 1911.

Colliers Wood

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The pub opposite is named after the architect who designed the station itself, Charles Holden.

South Wimbledon

Opening in 1926, the originally proposed name was Merton Grove, but it was renamed South Wimbledon to try and sound classier.


Is the start of the longest tunnel on the Underground network, running 27.8 kilometres (17.3 mi) to East Finchley via the Bank branch.


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Interesting Facts About The Northern Line