The closest station for Mansion House is Bank, not Mansion House. Tottenham Court Road is even more confusing. I'm not sure that has an entrance on Tottenham Court Road any more, although Goodge Steet (formerly Tottenham Court Road) and Warren Street (formerly Euston Road) both do!
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2016 6:41:21 GMT by gantshill: Road not Toad!
Michael Travelling on the Central line from the 1960s until 2012.
Yes, it's not like The Embankment is only 200 yards long, is it? .
Many of the stations named after throughfares (Holborn, Embankment, Tottenham Court Road) made perfect sense in relation to the first line there, as it was the point where that line crossed the thoroughfare. It only became ambiguous when an interchange was built with a second line running along the road (in two of the cases I mention, the second line was actually the senior one, but had used a different name for its own station before the interchange was built)
Holborn station is not on Holborn proper at all, but High Holborn. The only station on Holborn itself is Chancery Lane, whose entrance was moved early in its history from the junction with Chancery Lane to the junction with Grays Inn Road!
Just to add to the exotica, there was a succession of stations on what became the extremity of the Central Line which might have fallen foul of some 19th cent trade descriptions act:
Epping, which was in Theydon Garnon parish North Weald, in Stanford Rivers Blake Hall, in Bovinger alias Bobbingworth (one of those rare cases of a parish having dual names (- another known in railway circles is Chappel alias Pontisbright) not to mention Chigwell Lane, in Loughton parish and some way from Chigwell.
This last is interesting in that when the LCC built their overspill estate near Chigwell Lane stn in 1945-, they asked the LPTB to change the station name to Oakwood, that being their chosen designation for the estate. But LPTB declined because of likely confusion with Oakwood (Enfield). So the LCC thought again and came up with Debden, as the Domesday vill of Tippendune had become, commemorated in field names and a hamlet a mile or so away....