January 13, 2007 8:34 AM   Subscribe

Metro-land: Railways Around Amersham & The Metropolitan Line. 'The name "Metro-land" was created in 1915 by the publicity department of the Metropolitan Railway. "Metro-Land" became the name of the annual publication of the railway's booklet which described the area the railways served through north west London, into Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Railway set up a separate company to develop housing and shops along the Metropolitan's line. Much of the area was extensively developed between the World Wars and created a distinctive atmosphere...'

A guide to the Metropolitan Line (prefaced by John Betjeman's poem 'Metro-Land') is here. The London Transport Museum website has an article on London Underground and 'Metro-Land'.
posted by plep (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You mustn't forget Diamond Geezer on this. He did an excellent series on Betjeman's 'Metroland' and how today compares with the dream.
posted by randomination at 8:44 AM on January 13, 2007

Great post, even for non-Londoners. I just wish that site didn't describe John Betjeman as a "port".
posted by imperium at 11:36 AM on January 13, 2007

posted by lorenzlm at 11:49 AM on January 13, 2007

posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 9:55 PM on January 13, 2007

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