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SWISS COTTAGE STATION

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The site of a former underground railway station, opened as the terminus of the Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway on 13th April 1868. After 30th June 1879 the St John's Wood became an intermediate station when the line was extended to West Hampstead, although the station was little altered. In the 1920s the Metropolitan Railway demolished the street level building on the west side of Finchley Road and replaced it with a revenue generating shopping arcade with three station entrances built to the designs of C W Clark . When the Bakerloo Line was extended between Baker Street and Finchley Road and a new station erected at Swiss Cottage (see TQ 28 SE 458), the London Passenger Transport Board intended to keep the Metropolitan station as an interchange. However, this proved short lived and the original Swiss Cottage station closed on 17th August 1940. Clark's street level building survived until the 1960s before it was demolished but platform remains are still evident.

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