A disused London tube station went on sale recently, though sadly I had neither the time to view or the means to buy it (yours for £180,000). If I had cash to burn, I would have been a sorely tempted. Given its location in (once) trendy Shoreditch, I bet whoever did buy it - and reports are that it went at auction for three times the guide price - turns into either a) hipster bar for people with very silly haircuts or b) razes it to the ground and builds a block of flats.
Of the great disused stations on the London Underground, Shoreditch is one of the least storied. Possibly because it only closed in 2006, so all it has accumulated is graffiti and some wear and tear, rather than ghosts and legends. Also as northern terminus of the East London Line it was a little used station on a little used and little-loved line. But still it's a disused station, and I for one will be taking a great interest in what it becomes.
|The old frontage of Hyde Park Corner station|
I'd like to think Shoreditch station has been bought by these people, who are nearby. They have a collection of tube carriages which have been turned into 'creative spaces' for artists, situated on the site of an abandoned viaduct. Sounds like the ideal place for a ghost station and ghost train nerd like me to get some inspiration.
Dan - Friday