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Bethnal Green Tube Station

I had to go to East London today and took time out at Bethnal Green station.

Heritage Plaque at Bethnal Green Station

This plaque is the first I’ve seen in a London Underground station and gives details of the architecture.

We need a lot more.

I’d been to the station before, when my late son and his family lived nearby and knew a little about the wartime disaster at the station.

Memorial Banner and Flowers to the Bethnal Green Disaster

173 people died not from enemy action, but from a rush down the stairs to get into the station. A memorial has been designed and given planning permission.  For more details of the disaster and the memorial see here.

I hope this memorial to the worst disaster on the London Underground goes ahead.

Memorial Plaque to the Bethnal Green Disaster

At least there is a plaque outlining the disaster.

May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Travel, World | , ,


  1. Touching post, I hadn’t heard of this tragedy. I think a memorial would be a nice tribute.

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