Highgate Common and the Development of the Archway Road Community: Part Two

Coleridge Buildings, on the corner of Archway Road and Shepherd's Hill, 1905
Coleridge Buildings, on the corner of Archway Road and Shepherd’s Hill, 1905

The extension of the Great Northern Railway and the opening of Highgate Station in 1867 caused a rush of development and in the next twenty years streets devoured most of the fields. Many local land owners sold out to builders; land that had cost £60-£70 per acre changed hands at £1000. So did the successors of Squire Jackson, for the construction of one of the railway tunnels. Nevertheless, the railway company made part of the site available for cultivation.

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The Piccadilly Line Extension: Part Two

Construction work, north of Manor House, 1930
Construction work, north of Manor House, 1930

As we’ve seen, Parliamentary powers to build the Piccadilly Line extension were given in June 1930 and the first section of the extension from Finsbury Park to Arnos Grove opened for business in September 1932.  Just over two years between conception and opening seems exceptionally speedy by today’s standards when large infrastructure projects seem inevitably to overrun. In fact, The London Electric Company (LER) under the stewardship of Frank Pick had been quietly working on the extension for many years.

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