Sunday, 15 July 2018

Mill Hill Focus #36 - Mill Hill Broadway is 150 years old and other local news!

Simmonds Mead AKA Mill Hill Village Green
Welcome to the 36th edition of our weekly newsletter for the Mill Hill Community. Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill?

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 The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools. If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday.



Mill Hill Broadway is 150 this week

Mill Hill Broadway railway station opened 150 years ago this week. Here is some info about the anniversary. For many of us, we pass through the station every day, yet give little thought to the history of the station.The more traditional stations on the line such as St Pancras and Kentish Town viewed by BR managers as old fashioned and expensive to maintain. Thankfully, as time moved on, we got a bit more enlightened in our thinking as to what makes a good station (Thanks to the Mill Hill Historical Society for bringing these to our attention! Click here for their Facebook page)

It was originally opened in 1868 originally as "Mill Hill". The influx of navvies who had come down to working on the railway cutting near Selvage Lane overflowed from The Green Man pub (now a Harvester) in the Hale and led to the creation of the nearby Railway Tavern by merging two cottages together. 
In 1950 it was given the suffix "Broadway". In the 1960s the original Victorian station was demolished and a concrete structure was built in its place to accommodate the construction of the M1.
The more traditional stations on the line such as St Pancras and Kentish Town viewed by BR managers as old fashioned and expensive to maintain. Thankfully, as time moved on, we got a bit more enlightened in our thinking as to what makes a good station
 Photos of the old station can be seen here: http://abettermillhill.blogspot.com/2017/09/
Images below from Gavin Morrison's "London Midland: Then and Now"




There are some fascinating pictures of Mill Hill over the years on the Mempics site (Click here to view).  .
The old, clapped out Bedpan Diesels


The height of modern design in 1966. Note there was a loo!
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