Black and white photo of Acton Town Underground Station ticket booth
Acton Station. Grade II Listed. © London Transport Museum List entry 1263471
Acton Station. Grade II Listed. © London Transport Museum List entry 1263471

13 Listed Buildings on the District Line

The first section of the district line, then known as the Metropolitan District Railway, opened on 24 December 1868, running services between South Kensington to Westminster.

Construction started in March 1865. Under the watch of engineer John Fowler, stations were positioned in the open where possible.

The construction method was called 'Cut-and-cover'. Shallow cuttings were dug along a street which were then roofed over. 

At first, services were operated by the Metropolitan Railway using wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives. But by 1871, the District Railway began operating its own trains, and services were extended to West Brompton and Mansion House.

In 1933, all the Capital’s bus, tram and railways operations were brought together under London Transport. In the same year the District Railway became the ‘District line’.

London Transport Museum collections on the List

London Transport Museum have enriched the list entry of every listed District Line underground station, adding historical photos and information from their collections.

What is the National Heritage List for England?

Listing celebrates a building's special architectural and historic interest so that it can be protected for future generations. The older a building is, and the fewer the surviving examples of its kind, the more likely it is to be listed.

The List has over 400,000 entries: tower blocks and tombstones, barrows and bunkers, palaces and pigsties, plague crosses and piers, cathedrals, windmills and rollercoasters.

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Featured contributions from the London Transport Museum Collection

Acton Station

Barking Station Booking Hall

Barons Court Underground Station

Bow Road Underground Station

Chiswick Park Underground Station

Ealing Common Underground Station

Earls Court Station

East Ham Underground Station

Fulham Broadway Underground Station

Gloucester Road Underground Station

Kew Gardens Underground Station

South Kensington Underground Station

West Brompton Station

London Transport Museum

Learn about 150 years of history on the District Line (London Transport Museum).

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