Edwardian London Underground Station Map

£7,500.00

[Map of London Underground lines with links to mainline termini]

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Un-titled, undated and without a printer, this exceptionally scarce early poster was created for display in stations, but establishing which ones presents a challenge.

We can date it with reasonable confidence to 1906. Our map predates the western extension of the Central London Railway to Wood Lane, which opened for the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908. Angel is still shown as the terminus of the City & South London Railway, but the western extension to Euston, which opened in May 1907, is under construction. The most likely date for our poster map of 1906 is supported by the use of a green border, which appears to be a nod to the successful series of green-bordered UERL maps introduced in that year.

However, it is not a UERL (Underground Group) map. Just three underground lines are highlighted, none of which were under the UERL umbrella in 1906: The Central London Railway, the City & South London Railway and the Great Northern & City Railway (the first two purchased by the UERL and the latter by the Metropolitan Railway, all in 1913). Two mainline companies are featured: the Great Northern Railway with its terminus at Finsbury Park and the Great Western Railway, which served Paddington. Of these two, the GWR is far more prominent, with an inset showing the route to Reading.

The map promotes travel across London using the highlighted routes at the expense of all others, including the UERL. It seems likely that it was a joint response by three of the independent underground railway companies to the growing power of the UERL, possibly in co-operation with the GWR, and was created for display in any of their stations. We have been unable to locate another example.

Condition & Materials

Edwardian station map, approx 40 x 60 inches (this example 101 x 150.5 cm), printed in colours, some restoration with small areas of loss along the folds made good, blank verso.

Title

Edwardian London Underground Station Map

Mapmaker(s)

Great Western Railway, independent London Underground companies

Place of publication

London

Date of publication

1906

Colour

original

Printed Area Measurements

101 x 150.5 cm