My second question concerns the two district bay platforms at High Street Kensington.
HSK in itself is already weird because of its name, in that the street above isn't HSK but KHS, Kensington High Street.
I read years ago that when HSK was built and when the Met and District were still competing that there were plans to extend the tracks in the two district bay platforms northwestward. But I can't envisage where they would have gone to as the 2 through roads go to NHG, and Olympia was already covered by the trains leaving the bays.
The only thing I can think is that they were planing a line to Latimer Road or maybe even White City or Shepherds Bush from HSK to interconnect the circles in some way....but that seems unlikely...doesn't it?
But is it as simple as that during those early days of competition that there were plans for four parallel roads at NHG, two for each company?
The London County Council had an absolute fetish for renaming streets. Hence Auckland Road Bow was renamed Zealand Road, and Green Street nearby, Roman Road. In the case of high streets, Londoners always referred to "High Street Homerton" or "Church Street, Kensington". But the LCC insisted on the place name coming first. In the case of HSK, the station preceded the renaming..... Outside the old LCC area, the ancient names were for the most part left alone, so High Road in Woodford Green is still that (and becomes High Rd Buckhurst Hill, but not at the boundary!)
James - of course, after 60 yrs or so of the LCC renamings, younger people would have used the new name. Almost nobody in Bethnal Green knows where Auckland Rd or Green Street were nowadays. My copy of Philips' ABC Pocket Atlas to London of 1949 has six closely printed pages of "recent name changes" including Church Street in the Met boro of Kensington being renamed "Kensington Church St", but I don't know exactly when they did it. Others in this list include eg Beresford St Southwark Met Boro to John Ruskin St ; Great St Andrew St in Holborn MB to Monmouth St and Park St Stoke Newington MB to to Yoakley Rd. Incidentally, some of the metropolitan boroughs didn't like the LCC's high-handedness, and installed two nameplates (eg "Zealand Road late Auckland Rd ") Interestingly, after 1916, when the London postal districts were first numbered, street renamings became less necessary, as people would refer to "Auckland Rd E3" if necessary to distinguish it from Auckland Rd Battersea.
Thanks, very inteseting all these LCC shenanigans. Sorry, my other post disappeared when I was trying to edit it. The gist of it anyway was that when I was a kid in the 60s and 70s living just 200 yards from Ken. Church Street, we called it Ken Church Street, not Kensington just Ken. Rarely just Church Street, and never Church St, Kensington.
When I worked in Chelsea, I loved comparing current with old maps, and I can tell you Chelsea is chockerblock with name changes to streets and squares and so on. Most famously perhaps is that Chelsea Square used to be called Trafalgar Square in honour of that victory, but when Trafalgar Square itself was completed in all its glory, the rather plain original had to change its name to Chelsea Square. And not a lot of people know that!