171 Strand

 

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This abandoned tube station, which served a branch of the Piccadilly line, opened in 1907 and closed in 1994.

Although the sign declares it “Strand Station,” the station was renamed “Aldwych,” after a nearby street, in 1915.

An interesting fact: during WWI and WWII, the station was closed temporarily and used to store art from the National Gallery–including the Elgin Marbles–thereby keeping the works safe from enemy bombing.

Marine Court

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Towards St. Leonard’s–a view from Hastings Pier (on a foggy day).

Marine Court, an Art Deco block of flats and shops (opened 1937), resembles an ocean liner–the Queen Mary, to be precise. It’s always captivated me, and I wish I could have a look ’round one of the flats.

Marine Court is often described as a part of Hastings. This designation is incorrect; instead, St. Leonard’s-on-Sea claims this fabulous, fanciful building.

If you’re interested, Iain Sinclair, has written a marvelously poetic piece on Marine Court. You can find it here.