Cockfosters Underground Station, London, England

Another image from my photo walk last week, I was trying to visit a couple of the Charles Holden designed stations in the freezing cold I might add :-) but it was worth it.

I had never been to Cockfosters Underground station so I am always quite looking forward to what I will find and be able to photograph. This is the underpass that goes under the main road that allows you to exit and enter the station. I would have liked to had taken the image further back but there was alot of water damage on one of the corners of the tiles which was a right shame as this station was only refurbished few years ago but no one has fixed it.

I am really becoming a massive fan of Charles Holden and his designs, I find myself now trying to look for his other work around on the network and around the country as it seems he did the library in Bristol too. This station has elements of Gants Hill Underground station in parts and also has elements from other stations on the Piccadilly line however it doesn't have the grandeur of the other stations but is still a very cool station. I plan to visit its similar designed cousin on the other end of the line, Uxbridge at some point.

You maybe asking why I called this image Metroland. Well not long after this image when I got home there was a program on BBC4 I think called Metroland which was narrated by John Betjeman, it was quite an old program but it was him celebrating the way these suburban stations popping up on the outskirts of London. He was an interesting character and really like some of his poems that he wrote. He also was a big influence in saving St Pancras International station in the 60s from demolition so I suppose this image is my tribute to him! :-).

I am going to try and catchup with your photostream today. Oh also I have had some excellent news about couple of my images but I am not sure that I can divulge it quite yet what it is so will tell you in due course so keep an eye out.

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