Old Postcard, Liverpool Street Station, London
A postcard of Liverpool Street mailed in 1904.
Liverpool Street Station was built, on the site of the old Bethlem Royal Hospital, for the Great Eastern Railway. The station opened
in February 1874 and was fully operational towards the end of the following year with 9 platforms in use. It was built so that the
company could have a terminal closer to the city than that of their predecessor, Eastern Counties Railway, which was at Shoreditch.
Many people were forced from houses which had to be demolished for the construction of the station. The Chairman of the Great
Eastern in 1870, Lord Salisbury, said that Liverpool Street was "one of the greatest mistakes ever committed in connection with a
railway."  Given the present passenger numbers, not many would agree with him today !
Liverpool Street Hotel
As with all the major London termini, a hotel was a necessity, and the Great Eastern
Hotel, designed by Charles Barry and his son Charles Edward Barry, opened in 1884. It
was extended in 1901.
Liverpool Street
Station is one of the
four London railway
stations on the
English Monopoly
board.
In 1917, during World War 1, the station was the first place in London to be hit by German bombs. In May
1917 it took a direct hit which killed 162 people. During World War II a bomb in Bishopsgate completely
destroyed the glass roofing.
Liverpool Street Station
Many Jewish refugee children arrived
at Liverpool Street in the late 1930s.
In September 2006 a bronze
sculpture, designed by Israeli artist
and former refugee Frank Meisler,
was unveiled at the station.
The Murder of Sir Henry Wilson.
Field Marshall Sir Henry Wilson was CIGS at the end of WW1
and later a Conservative MP. He was an eloquent supporter
of Anglo-Irish Unionism. On 22 June 1922, he was at
Liverpool Street Station to unveil the memorial to Great
Eastern employees who lost their lives in the war. He took a
taxi home to Easton Place and as he was about to enter his
house he was shot dead by two IRA gunmen - they were
later captured about half a mile away and subsequently
hanged.
A plaque was later added to the memorial to commemorate
Sir Henry.
Follow
this link for more about the murder.
The station features in the film "Mission Impossible". A
CIA "Safe House" (fictional of course !) is situated above
the Old Broad Street entrance to the station, and the
film's main character (played by Tom Cruise) goes down
to the main concourse to use a payphone under the old
double staircase.
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Liverpool Street Station
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