In Pictures: the 1927 London Underground Map


London Underground map, by F H Stingemore, 1927

London Underground (or rather “Underground Railways of London”) issued small card folder maps in the 1920s prior to the diagrammatic map designed by Beck in the 1930s.

As can be seen above, this clearly shows the simplified geographical version then favoured as well as the tube system as it was in 1927.

The map shows the network prior to the extensions of the 1930s and ’40s (so the Central terminates at Liverpool Street and the Piccadilly at Finsbury Park) but after the extension of the Northern line through Waterloo and down to Morden. In addition some lines and services appear that have been lost (including the South Acton shuttle and the ‘Middle Circle’ to Addison Road (now Olympia) – along with several stations now closed including Down St, Brompton Road and York Road on the Piccadilly.

Written by Moe Quette