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Holden Goes West

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Sudbury Town Tube Station

Sudbury Town

Greenford

UB6 0QR

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Charles Holden is often regarded as the 'master architect' of the Underground and his work for the Piccadilly line extension stations in the early 30s is his best work and are internationally recognised as excellent examples of restrained English 'Modernism'. With this innovative new style Holden and his patron, the renowned Frank Pick, Managing Director of the Underground, set out to establish the Underground's world-leading place for high quality design within a distinct corporate identity.

The tour starts at Sudbury Town station which was the prototype of the new architectural style but which Pick thought fell short of his high ideal of a station design where all the elements were integrated. We examine the ideas that Holden and Pick sought to express in the new stations with the creation of a new architectural 'vocabulary' and rational planning and the emphasis on the passenger 'journey' through the station.

We visit Alperton station to consider how the stations have stood up to over 80 years of heavy use and changed technology and commercial requirements. Park Royal station is one of the few non Holden designed stations of the period, developed to be integrated into a commercial and residential development with a little 'compare and contrast' of the buildings we view. Finally at Acton Town we identify how the elements of Holden's designs were incorporated into a large scale station.

The tour takes around 2.5 hours and participants will need a ticket that covers zone 4.

Our guides are London Transport Museum volunteers David Burnell and Steve Leppert.

Only 10 places. London Historians Members only.

Proceeds towards Friends of London Transport Museum.



Image: Acton Town tube station. London Historians.
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