The truth about ‘ghost stations’

It is commonly known that a great many stations of both the London Underground and several of the suburban surface railways that run across the city have been closed over the years; some have been relocated while the names of others have vanished from the map altogether. What is not widely publicized is that the official reasons given for these closures are, in many instances, totally bogus and have been promulgated by the authorities to prevent widespread public hysteria.

The truth is that these stations have fallen victim, in one way or another, to spectral invasions: from deep underground, originating in realms many miles beneath the deepest of the Tube lines – from the sea, having seeped up the Thames estuary and thence into the London groundwater – from outer space, being channelled down into the earth by the inadvertently conductive edifices of mankind – and from outside the material universe altogether. Here is a small selection of those stations whose reason for closure is known to the author at present; a list of all the disused stations acknowledged by the authorities ever to have existed can be found in various books and online sources, although it is very likely that some stations once existed that were found to have been built close to horrors so deleterious to the general sanity or even outright survival of mankind that their very existence has been erased from all published histories.

St. Mary’s (Whitechapel Road), District Line, closed 30 April 1938.

While Chamberlain attempted to appease Hitler in order to avoid another disastrous war in Europe, a top-secret House of Commons select committee was already preparing for the possibility of open hostilities with Germany and was taking every precaution to ensure that, in the eventuality of an invasion, Heinrich Himmler would be denied the opportunity to harness an assortment of cosmic, pre-human forces and entities which the committee knew to exist at various subterranean locations throughout the UK. One such entity has been known since at least the early Victorian era to exist deep underground in the Whitechapel area, and has been speculatively identified as the root cause of the astonishing number of disappearances, murders, suicides and cases of madness known to have occurred in the vicinity over the course of its growth from a small suburb in the early modern era to a major area of inner London by the 20th century. Indeed, some authorities on the urban occult have attributed the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders of 1888-91 to an avatar or emanation of this entity.

The station at St. Mary’s was closed to the public (ostensibly because it had been rendered redundant by the opening of the new Aldgate East station nearby) following a ceremony intended to create a permanent seal between the strata occupied by the entity and the upper levels in which the subsurface Tube lines ran. Whether the date of May Eve (‘Walpurgisnacht’) was chosen for reasons of occult auspice or is purely symbolic remains unknown.

York Road, Piccadilly Line, closed 17 September 1932.

This station – the above-ground structure of which is still extant – was abandoned following an infestation of spectral rats which caused a series of instances of mass hysteria in the late 1920s and early 30s. They are, in all likelihood, still there. No attempt has yet been made to control the population, nor is it known whether any material means exists to effect their extirpation. It is entirely possible that the abandonment of the station has simply provided them with the room required for them to breed, and that their population may reach such density that they shall eventually erupt onto street level in an irresistible verminous tide.

City Road, Northern Line, closed 8 August 1922.

The remnants of this station’s above-ground structure, situated between Old Street and Angel stations, constitute an immediately recognizable ‘entrance to hell‘. Only the lift shaft remains, the rest of the station having been demolished in the 1960s. The reason for the station’s closure remains obscure, even to students of the occult history of London, but it seems to have been related to the subtle energies flowing in a network of interlaced channels, like a complex mandala, that run at various depths throughout the soil and bedrock of London. Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his History of the Kings of Britain, allusively refers to this network by a Latin phrase variously translated as the ‘witch-web’ or ‘fairy girdle’, and which led Brutus of Troy to select the lower Thames basin as the site for his city of Troia Nova, ‘New Troy’, much later called ‘London’ as a corruption of King Lud’s name.

A particular confluence of these channels is located beneath the old City Road station. Although theosophists may well have known about this powerful nexus and tried to warn the City & South London Railway away from building a station here, such advice, it it was given, was ignored. A number of disturbances are known to have occurred here during the two decades in which the station was open, various in nature but tending to involve spontaneous outbreaks of extreme religious fervour, mass hallucinations including visions of angelic hosts (or, conversely, hordes of demons) and other instances of collective madness that resulted in a number of passengers throwing themselves in front of trains or running up to street level, bursting out onto City Road and being hit by cars.

Aldwych, Piccadilly Line, closed 30 September 1994.

One of the more recent closures, Aldwych was opened in 1907 by the Great Northern, Brompton & Piccadilly Railway and remained open throughout almost the entire 20th century. The reason it stayed open so long is that there was never any one watershed event connected with the station that gave the authorities a dramatic shock; rather, it was the accumulated weight of decades of rumour and whispered legendry that led to the eventual cessation of services.

These rumours began soon after the opening of the station and told of passengers having undergone a subtle alteration of face, voice and personality after having boarded or alighted from a train here; some seemed to have aged many years after a journey of just a few minutes, some underwent drastic changes of temperament and some appeared to have witnessed things they refused to speak of but which had clearly taken away some vital part of their inner essence.

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