Wood Green and Alexandra Palace

INTRODUCTION

This website grew out of series of blog posts that I dubbed “London Station by Station”, and this post is along those lines.

ONOSNOOKERTRIPLCROWN

I have chosen today for this post because The Masters, one of the three tournaments which along with the UK Championship and the World Championship that constitutes Snooker’s triple crown is under way. This tournament is nowadays staged at Alexandra Palace…

The home of The Masters snooker tournament, Alexandra Palace. Image from google: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rVSI8L_R9pw/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/iOf_mQ2ABr8/s0-c-k-no-ns/photo.jpg
The home of The Masters snooker tournament, Alexandra Palace. Image from google: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rVSI8L_R9pw/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/iOf_mQ2ABr8/s0-c-k-no-ns/photo.jpg

AN EXTENSION

The Piccadilly line opened between Finsbury Park and Hammersmith in 1906, and was extended northwards in three stages between 1932 and 1933. Wood Green was part of the first stage of the extension, from Finsbury Park to Arnos Grove. Phase two was an extension from Arnos Grove to Enfield West (now Oakwood), and the final part of the extension was to Cockfosters.

Here are some maps…

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A promotional map showing the central part of the Piccadilly, with some extensions visible...
A promotional map showing the central part of the Piccadilly, with some extensions visible…
Finsbury Park is followed as you go north by Manor House and Turnpike Lane, before yo get to Wood Green.
Finsbury Park is followed as you go north by Manor House and Turnpike Lane, before yo get to Wood Green.
Rolling out the new extension!
Rolling out the new extension!

ALEXANDRA PALACE & WOOD GREEN

Why am I using an event at Alexandra Palace to write about Wood Green? Because the two are very close together, as this picture from an old A-Z atlas of London shows:

As this shows, Alexandra Palace and Wood Green are very close - and the two stations (one rail, one underground) are both comfortably walkable from the main attraction.
As this shows, Alexandra Palace and Wood Green are very close – and the two stations (one rail, one underground) are both comfortably walkable from the main attraction.

I once had family living in this part of London, and often travelled to one or other of the two stations on the above map section at that time.

THE ALEXANDRA PALACE WALK

Although this walk, from “100 Walks in Greater London” is based around using Alexandra Palace railway station, it would not require much extension to make use of Wood Green.

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HISTORY AND CONNECTIONS

A couple of final map pictures, showing the history of Wood Green station and the modern connections of Wood Green and Alexandra Palace…

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