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LONDON`S METROLAND

- June 2006
by Alan A Jackson
ISBN 978-1-854143-00-6
Book 22.7cm x 25.7cm Hardback 144 Pages 150 + B&W and Colour Illustrations
Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing
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The Metropolitan Railway's aspirations to provide a new route between London and Birmingham took it through much undeveloped land north-west from London. It sought passengers for its services by setting up an estates company to contribute to new housing development along its line. The Areas of suburban London, and beyond, that neighbored the route of the Met were given the name ‘Metro-land' by a creative mind in the railways publicity office in 1915. The name was in continuous use until the railway was taken over by the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933 and is still part of Londoners vocabulary today. This book is about the development of Metro-land from green fields to houses and shops. It looks at the ways in which both the Met and private developers encourage people to move out from districts closer to central London to ‘Live in Metro-land'.

Contents

  • Preface
  • Money & Measures
  • Abbreviations
  • Official Definitions of Metro-Land
  • 1. The True Extent of Metro-Land
  • 2. Colonising and Publicising the Extension Line 1880-1914#
  • 3. The Emergence of Metro-Land 1908-1919
  • 4. Metro-Land Ascendant 1920-1930
  • 5. The Last Years of Metro-Land 1931-1933
  • 6. Retrospect
  • Appendix 1: Residential Train Services & Traffic on the Joint Line
  • Appendix 2: Wembley Park Estate 1915-1921
  • Appendix 3: Abercrombie looks upon Metro-Land, 1944
  • Appendix 4: Beyond Amersham
  • Appendix 5: Outer Section Passenger Traffic & Receipts 1932
  • Sources
  • Select Bibliography
  • ‘My little Metro-Land Home’ Sheet Music
  • Index

Continent: Europe
Country: UK

 

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