Holdenesque

Gants Hill

Photograph of the interior of Gants Hill underground station

Photographer: Photo Centre Ltd
Architect: Charles Holden (1875-1960) for Adams Holden & Pearson
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections


Work on Gants Hill station started in 1937 but was not completed until 1947 because of the war. Located under the busy A12 road intersection, the station was built within a network of pedestrian subways, leading to the ticket hall. At the foot of the escalators was this grand barrel-vaulted waiting hall between the platforms. The design was apparently a tribute to the Moscow Metro, opened in 1935. The Soviet engineers took advice from London Underground after being impressed by Piccadilly Circus and copied Holden's lighting scheme.

 
 
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