Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 198 months ago

Last Updated 03 December 2007

Monday Miscellanea
London Necropolis Station

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday3rd December ????: Nothing of any interest has ever happened in London on this date. Sorry.
  • Tuesday4th December 1882: The Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand are opened by Queen Victoria. Wednesday5th December 1905: Part of the roof of Charing Cross station collapses, killing six people. Thursday6th December 1983: Britian’s first heart and lung transplant operation takes place at Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge, west London. The operation goes well, but sadly the patient would die 13 days later. Friday7th December 1732: The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden is opened. It would later become the Royal Opera House.

    Random London Fact Of The Week

    Slightly south of Waterloo station, at 121 Westminster Bridge Road to be precise, is the remnants of what used to be the London Necropolis Station.

    The station was the northern terminus of a railway that was dedicated for funeral trains, mostly to and from Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. During the 19th century, coffins and mourners were ferried daily to and from the cemetery in three-carriage trains. The service’s frequency was gradually reduced during the 20th century, until the station was damaged during an air raid in 1941. The service was never resumed.

    London’s Weather This Week

    Despite clear skies at the moment, the forecasters are using words like ‘wet’, ‘blustery’ and ‘heavy’ this week. Hmmm.

    Picture of the site of the London Necropolis Station taken from etcher67’s Flickr photostream, and shot (we think) during Londonist’s guided walk in June.