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‘A fertile site for our imaginations’: the Tube at 150

Ben Stevens H P Stevens28 January 2013

Gower Street station

Gower Street station

Londoners have an ambivalent relationship with the Tube and, according to contemporary accounts, this was the case from the very start.

However, in the year of its 150th anniversary, there is a renewed sense of public affection and appreciation – not least because of its sterling performance during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This was certainly apparent at a Lunch Hour Lecture by Professor Richard Dennis (UCL Geography) on 15 January, where there was standing room only and a large number of people even had to be turned away.

Rather than describing a particularly short walk, the lecture’s title, ‘Gower Street to Euston Square: a local history of the Underground’, referred to how UCL’s local station started life as Gower Street station before being renamed in the early 20th century.