Aldgate E1 - Site of the former Aldgate East Underground Station
The original Aldgate East underground station, opened in 1884 on this Whitechapel High Street site just 500 feet west of the present day Aldgate East Station.In 1914 the street level building was rebuilt with a Lyons tea house incorporated on the ground floor.
In 1938 the station was resited down the road as part of London Transport's 1935-1940 New Works Programme whereby the triangular junction of track at Aldgate was enlarged, to allow for a much gentler curve and for improved signalling and longer platforms to accommodate longer trains.
Following closure after the last train had ran on 30th October 1938. the new station opened the next morning. The old street level building survived in a derelict condition until it was demolished in the 1950s and as you can see here there are still some below street level remains to be seen behind the large advertising hoardings on Whitechapel High Street. Proposals are to use the site and demolish the buildings behind it to make a large development of a hotel and offices.
North Woolwich station opened in 1847 as the southern terminus of the line from Stratford. The current building photographed here was built in 1854.
In the 1980's the station building and a platform were closed and replaced by a minimalist white canopy entrance and passenger shelter on the south side. In 1985 the line from North Woolwich was electrified with the service running semi circular round inner north London & down to Richmond. I left my car in Richmond one night and after a night out woke up the next morning in Canning Town and remember this long slow train journey to Richmond before picking up my car and driving to work in Hampshire....
From 1984 to 2008 the original North Woolwich station buildings and one disused platform served as the North Woolwich Old Station Museum dedicated to the history of the Great Eastern Railway.
The "new" station closed in December 2006 as part of the closure of the Stratford to North Woolwich section of the Silverlink North London line. Parts of this line from North Woolwich to Custom House via Silvertown have been utilised by Crossrail.
There are current plans to convert the Grade II listed 0ld Station as a public workspace for artists, local residents and creative businesses and is to
receive funding by the London Regeneration Fund & the Mayor of London. As you can see from the latest pics the condition of the rear of the station has deteriorated in recent years.