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The London Underground station that was nearly not built for a very British reason | UK | News

The London Underground station that was nearly not built for a very British reason | UK | News

Despite trailing behind Spain, France and Germany in modern railway technology, Britain was once a leader during the Industrial Revolution in the 1860s. Railways were being built across Britain, with the Metropolitan line link between Paddington and Farringdon becoming the world’s first urban, underground railway in 1863. An extension from Baker Street to Swiss Cottage was built just five years later. However, there was a very British reason why a crucial connection was never built. In 1864, plans for Marylebone station were drawn up by Sir Edward Watkin, chairman of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. He believed the line could be more profitable if it had a London connection. But its location near Lords Cricket Ground caused a problem. Cricket was the most popular sport in England at the time, and Lords was seen as its home. Many people protested that the line would cross the green turf, arguing it would be a tragedy to lose such an important place. Watkin promised that the Lords wouldn’t be disrupted by the railway, leading to an …