Barons Court tube station

London Underground station
Barons Court is located in Greater London
Barons Court
Barons Court
Location of Barons Court in Greater London
LocationWest KensingtonLocal authorityHammersmith & FulhamManaged byLondon UndergroundNumber of platforms4Fare zone2London Underground annual entry and exit2017Decrease 7.12 million[1]2018Decrease 6.65 million[2]2019Increase 6.82 million[3]2020Decrease 3.13 million[4]2021Decrease 2.90 million[5]Railway companiesOriginal companyDistrict Railway
Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton RailwayKey dates9 September 1874DR line opened9 October 1905DR station opened15 December 1906GNP&B platforms openedListed statusListing gradeIIEntry number1358562[6]Added to list14 February 1985Other informationExternal links
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WGS8451°29′26″N 0°12′49″W / 51.49056°N 0.21361°W / 51.49056; -0.21361Coordinates: 51°29′26″N 0°12′49″W / 51.49056°N 0.21361°W / 51.49056; -0.21361 London transport portal

Barons Court is a London Underground station in West Kensington in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London. This station serves the District line and the Piccadilly line. Barons Court is between West Kensington and Hammersmith on the District line, and between Earl's Court and Hammersmith on the Piccadilly line and is in Travelcard Zone 2.[7] East of the station, the Piccadilly line descends into tunnel towards Earl's Court and the District line continues in a cutting to West Kensington. The station is the last open air stop for eastbound trains on the Piccadilly line until Arnos Grove and has cross-platform interchange with the District line.

Location

The station is located on Gliddon Road, a short distance from Talgarth Road (A4).[8] East of the station, the Piccadilly line descends into tunnel towards Earl's Court and the District line continues on the surface to West Kensington.[9] West of the station, both Piccadilly line and District line continue to Hammersmith station. The station is located in a deep, brick sided cutting.

History

The station in May 1962 looking east with a westbound Piccadilly line train to Uxbridge.

The tracks through Barons Court were first laid on 9 September 1874 when the District Railway (DR, now the District line) opened an extension from Earl's Court to Hammersmith.[10] When the line was constructed the area now known as "Barons Court" was open fields and market gardens to the west of the hamlet of North End and there was no call for a station between North End, Fulham and Hammersmith stations.

However, by the beginning of the 20th century, the area had been developed for housing and, on 9 October 1905, the District Railway (DR) opened a station to serve these new developments and in preparation for the opening of the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR, now the Piccadilly line), then under construction.[10][9] The GNP&BR began operations on 15 December 1906, running between Hammersmith and Finsbury Park.[9]

In the 1990s, the Grade II listed station was carefully restored to its original appearance.[11]

Notable fatality

The former Formula One driver B. Bira, who was a member of the Thai Royal family, was found dead at the station on 23 December 1985.[12]

The unique bench on the eastbound island platform.

The station today

The station building was constructed to a design by Harry Ford in a style similar to that used at Earl's Court and Hammersmith and is now a Grade II listed building as it retains many of its original features, including terracotta facing and Art Nouveau lettering. The wooden benches on the platform with the station name along the back on enamelled metal panels are a unique feature on the entire London Underground.[6] The station has two island platforms to provide an interchange between the two lines - the inner pair of tracks is used by the Piccadilly line and the outer tracks by the District line.[9][10] The station building has been Grade II listed since 14 February 1985.[6]

Name

The name Barons Court is possibly inspired by the Baronscourt estate in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where Sir William Palliser, who built part of the area, may have had connections.[13] Unlike Earl's Court station, Barons Court is written without an apostrophe.[14]

Services

A 1973 stock Piccadilly line train stands at the eastbound platform.

District line

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

There is also a morning service every day from Acton Town (Ealing Broadway on Saturdays) to Edgware Road and a late evening service from Edgware Road to Ealing Broadway on Sundays only.[10]

Piccadilly line

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour (tph) is as follows:

Nearby places

References

  1. ^ "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c Historic England. "Barons Court Underground Station (1358562)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  7. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. August 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 September 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  8. ^ "Barons Court tube station". Google Maps. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Feather, Clive. "Piccadilly line". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Feather, Clive. "District line". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Baron's Court Ceremony". London Transport. 19 May 1997. Archived from the original on 4 August 1997. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  12. ^ "The Prince And I: The story of the last Thai F1 driver". BBC. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  13. ^ Barons Court station image caption at the Museum of London
  14. ^ "London 1994 - Incident on the Tube". Just for my boys. 9 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012.
  15. ^ "District line timetable: From Barons Court Underground Station to West Kensington Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  16. ^ a b "District line timetable: From Barons Court Underground Station to Hammersmith (Dist&Picc Line) Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Piccadilly line timetable: From Barons Court Underground Station to Earl's Court Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Piccadilly line timetable: From Barons Court Underground Station to Hammersmith (Dist&Picc Line) Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 1 June 2015.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barons Court tube station.
  • "Barons Court". Photographic Archive. London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014.
    • Entrance to GNP&BR tunnel between District Railway tracks, 1906. In the distance can be seen the Great Ferris wheel at Earl's Court exhibition ground.
    • Barons Court station, 1916
    • Booking hall, 1939
    • View of platforms, 1983
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