Site of Golders Green Underground station taken in 1904, before construction and development of the area. The view looks north-east along Finchley Road (Charles White album says Regent's Park Road), at the time a dirt road (foreground centre to background left) forming a crossroads at the intersection of Golders Green Road (left) and North End Road (right). A signboard in front of a dilapidated building (mid/ground right), marks the site of the station. A lamppost, bench and partly legible sign stating: 'Building Estates - Edward Howard', stand at the crossroads. A crematorium with a square tower stands in the middle distance surrounded by open farmland.
Photographed by E W Shroeder, 1904
Location: Golder's Green, NW11
Image no: U4950
Inventory no: 1999/20099
20th Century London caption: At the beginning of the 20th century, Golders Green was still a rural area. This view looks northeast along the Finchley Road as it forms a crossroads with Golders Green Road to the left and North End Road to the right. Golders Green Underground station opened on this site on 22 June 1907, as the sign on the left says. There was an almost immediate boom in speculative building, and people flocked to share this suburban idyll. This Tube line was financed by the American entrepreneur C T Yerkes. A Yerkes agent, Lauderbeck, and the engineer H H Dalrymple Hay are supposed to have driven in a hansom cab along the route of the Hampstead line. Lauderbeck gave a positive report about Golders Green to Yerkes, who apparently then decided the line should end there.