The Hampstead Tube - A History of the First 100 Years, by Antony Badsey-Ellis
Book published by Capital Transport in 2007, 152 pages. Large Hardback with Dist Jacket - c.22cm by 25cm (N4725)
This book provides a fascinating history of part of what is now the Northern Line (part of the London Underground), and it is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white (and some colour) photographs, maps and drawings.
From the rear side cover: Today's Northern Line began life as two separate railways, the City & South London Railway between the City and Stockwell and the Hampstead Tube between Charing Cross and Golders Green or Highgate. The latter railway, opened in 1907, is the subject of this book. It was the first tube railway to venture into an undeveloped part of London, and quickly fulfilled its developer's dream when suburbs sprang up at Golders Green and the neighbouring Hampstead Garden Suburb.
It was one of the three tube railways - the others being the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo - owned by the London Electric Company., whose distinctive deep red terracotta stations made their mark on Edwardian London and survive today in many locations. The Hampstead Tube linked with the City and South London at Kennington in 1926, by which time its Hampstead branch had been extended to Edgware. Extension of the Highgate branch to Barnet followed in 1940 and today's Northern Line was then complete.
The book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of London's Underground, as well as people with a more general interest in this part of North London.
An excellent and immensley readable book, it comes highly recommended by one half of Di and Saul Books (who used to drive trains on the Northern line!)