Esoteric London

No. 597: Parkland Walk, N6

Posted in The Tube, Transport, Wildlife by esotericlondon on June 12, 2012

Parkland Walk, London, N6. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From the information board on Parkland Walk at the site of the old Crouch End Hill station:

The walk follows part of the course of the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway. The line from Finsbury Park to Highgate (and on to Edgware) opened in 1867. A branch from Finchley to High Barnet opened in 1872, and from Highgate to Alexandra Palace in 1873. In the 1930s it was planned to transfer all the lines to become part of the Underground Northern Line. The sections north of Highgate to Barnet and Mill Hill were transferred in 1940. Although partly completed, the rest of the scheme was halted and then abandoned after the 2nd World War. Infrequent passenger trains continued to Alexandra Palace, but ceased in 1954. Some freight trains ran until 1964, and the last use was by London Transport to transfer tube trains until 1970.

[…] It has now become London’s longest nature reserve.

[…] Visable reminders of its railway past include the platforms at Crouch End Hill, the station house at Stapleton Hall Road for Stroud Green station, the viaduct in Muswell Hill and the brick building by Crouch Hill, which was built to house an electricity transformer for the Underground scheme but [was] never used.

[ The photograph above is of one of the two tunnels at the old Highgate Station. As mentioned above the old line is now a nature reserve and the tunnels have been improved to encourage bats to use them for winter hibernation. Of the seventeen species of bat found in the UK, seven have been recorded on or immediately adjacent to the Parkland Walk; Brown long eared, Common pipistrelle, Soprano pipistrelle, Daubenton’s, Leisler’s, Natterer’s and Noctule.

For more on London’s bats visit the London Bat Group website by clicking here. R.D.]

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