The Streets In This American Suburb Are Named After London Tube Stations

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 9 months ago
The Streets In This American Suburb Are Named After London Tube Stations
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Deep in American suburbia lies an homage to our beloved London Underground.

Victoria Station Drive, Turnham Green Court, Willesden Junction Terrace and more; The neighbourhood of Sterling, Virginia, has streets named after London tube stations; Turnham Green, Ruislip Manor, Regents Park. Even the Overground makes an appearance with Brondesbury Park Terrace and Willesden Junction Terrace.

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Our favourite has to be Mornington Cresent Terrace, not just because of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue but also the spelling error. That's a big mistake by whoever named the streets — or perhaps it's a 21st century version of a trap street?

Nearby, Holborn, Temple, Brixton and Poplar all make appearances in close proximity to each other.

Who exactly did name the streets, we hear you cry? Well... we don't know. We'd like to think the town planner for this part of the world is a London-obsessive but it looks more likely that they were a train obsessive in general; the next estate over from the London-centric one above is home to Caboose Terrace, Iron Horse Terrace, Locomotive Terrace and Golden Spike Terrace, all of which refer to the history of the American railroads. Grand Central Square is presumably a nod to New York City's famous Grand Central Station, and Guilford Station is a regional rail station in Connecticut.

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We can understand names alluding to America's own railway heritage, but those linked to London's tube stations are harder to fathom. We've asked both TfL and officials in Virginia, and neither could help.

That's why we're opening this challenge up to you, our readers. If you're a bit of an amateur sleuth, please help us discover why these streets are named after tube stops. Is it a case of someone who really loves the tube? Is this a bizarre twist on twinning where both sides have forgotten the relationship exists? Or something even stranger?

As an aside, Sterling is also home to Shagbark Terrace — nothing to do with railways, and most likely a nod to the local greenery, but it did make us snigger like naughty school children. The local equivalent of Cockfosters, perhaps, albeit one that locals aren't aware of ('shag' doesn't have the same colloquial meaning in American English).

Let us know what you find in the comments below.

Last Updated 01 August 2017


A friend of mine in Virginia lives on Thames St. All the adjoining streets also have British names. He's not in Sterling but not far away.


have they really gone with Tottenham Hale Court instead of Tottenham Court Road?

Al Boake

Shagbark is a type of North American Hickory tree. I have one in my front yard.


So where is this place?

Susan L

Hello from soon as I read this, I first ascertained that Sterling had no separate governmental offices; that's all handled by Loudoun County. I then looked up all of the listings for that county's offices and came across the Mapping & Geographic Info division. I spoke to a very friendly woman on Tuesday and she said she'd try to obtain information for me. I just heard back from her and she said the developer (who built those houses in 1998) hasn't responded (and it's doubtful they will). Her guess is that someone on the developer's staff had recently returned from London and thought it would be a neat & unique idea.

Richard Woods

I wonder how they attempt to pronounce Ruislip!

Clunking Fist

Wow, they even have a fair number of terraced houses in the area. Maybe the idea was to market the place to ex-pats?


How does anyone not notice there's 'c' in the middle of crescent? It's not an uncommon word.

Melvyn Windebank

Sounds like one for Michael Portillo in his North American Railways