Street Scene (Muswell Hill II)
16mm film Colour Silent c.1957 2:18
Summary: Amateur film of Muswell Hill railway station.
Title number: 286
LSA ID: LSA/377
Description: A survey around the abandoned platforms of Muswell Hill railway station. The station buildings remain and the track of the branch line from Highgate Station is still down, but the glass of the station windows is smashed indicating that this film is shot after the closure of passenger services in 1954 when the line continued to be used for freight only. A man walks along part of the track which is marked with ranging sticks and two surveyors are seen adjusting a transit level on the bridge carrying Muswell Hill over the line. The camera looks up Muswell Hill towards the Broadway and films a 21 bus driving up past the 'Green Man' public house (currently called 'The Hill') and two policemen walking down the pavement.
Keywords: Railway stations
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Haringey; Muswell Hill
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Kaz wrote on February 23, 2021:In about 1963, I was seven, and I managed the one time, with some difficulty, to get onto the station…In about 1963, I was seven, and I managed the one time, with some difficulty, to get onto the station platform, which was quite gloomy. Nostalgic about the station, and the signal (?) tower.
Usually, we would get onto the line, closed off, by crawling through a hole in the fence at the top of Cranley Gardens, or squeezing through a hole in the railings on Muswell Hill Road.
It was like a secret private playground for kids.
The rail bedding was still there, overgrown with grass. Pigeons under the bridge at Cranley Gardens, the station still there with ticket office, platforms, and waiting room. Going towards Highgate, there was a signal cottage (now gone) further up on the right, past the pumping station. Going towards Muswell Hill, there was like a small air raid shelter on the left (now blocked off/filled in). Further along, the way was blocked with corrugated iron, and allotments were on the left hillside (now just a small wooded area). The allotments could be accessed from St James Lane. The viaduct was blocked with corrugated iron. Further along the tunnel under Muswell Hill was wider, with room for a tube train to pass through.
Alan Barber wrote on July 26, 2019:Very sad to see this film.Now more than ever the Muswell Hill area could greatly benefit from a rail service Of…Very sad to see this film.Now more than ever the Muswell Hill area could greatly benefit from a rail service
Of course there wasn't the traffic on the roads in the 1950's