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Mychael Barratt: Notes From the Underground

A full key to all 270 underground destinations and illustrations by printmaker Mychael Barratt

By Scott Phillips | 06 Sept 2013

Notes From the Underground

Notes from the Underground by Mychael Barratt

This year, in Honor of TFL's 150th Anniversary, engraver and Printmaker Mychael Barratt has produced a relief print and etching comprising four plates printed side by side in a manner reminiscent of an ancient folding map. The print represents every station on the London Tube Map. Listed below, is the full key for each station representation.

This edition is limited to 100 hand numbered and signed prints by the artist.


Notes From the Underground: Full Key

Acton Town - The Who were from Acton
Aldgate - No. 30 St Mary Axe – ‘affectionately known as The Gherkin’
Aldgate East - Whitechapel Art Gallery
Alperton - Costume from Diwali celebrations
Amersham - Market Hall
Angel - Raphael angel
Archway - Vanished Banksy graffito
Arnos Grove - Arnos Grove station designed by Charles Holden
Arsenal - Arsenal Football Club icon
Baker Street - Sherlock Holmes
Balham - Book shop ‘My Back Pages’ named after Bob Dylan song
Bank - Bank of England as designed by Sir John Soanes
Barbican - Violin as the Barbican is the home of the London Symphony Orchestra
Barking - Dog barking
Barkingside - Fulwell Cross Library
Barons Court - Artist’s studio on the Talgarth Road
Bayswater - Marconi invents the wireless radio
Becontree - Home of the Becontree Brass Band
Belsize Park - Raleigh bike from Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
Bermondsey - Tank from corner of Mandela Way and Pages Walk
Bethnal Green - ‘Muffin the Mule’ from the Museum of Childhood
Blackfriars - Statue from the Blackfriars pub
Blackhorse Road - Tile motif from Tube Station
Bond Street - Prada handbag
Borough - Cezanne’s pears from Borough Market
Boston Manor - Boston Manor House
Bounds Green - Rock group ‘UFO’ was formed in Bounds Green
Bow Road - Mahatma Ghandi stayed in Kingsley Hall in Bow in 1931
Brent Cross - Trolley from the country’s first shopping mall
Brixton - David Bowie was born in Brixton
Bromley-by-bow - St Leonard’s Priory
Buckhurst Hill - Welcome to Buckhurst Hill sign
Burnt Oak - DJ and journalist Robert Elms was born in Burnt Oak
Caledonian Road - Housmans Radical Bookshop
Camden Town - Quintessential 1970’s punk
Canada Water - Canada Dry tonic water
Canary Wharf - Name came from connection with the Canary Islands rather than actual bird…
Canning Town - Tin of sardines
Cannon Street - London Stone from 111 Cannon Street
Canons Park - Handel is made Composer in Residence at St Lawrence Whitchurch
Chalfont and Latimer - John Milton retired to Chalfont St Giles to complete Paradise Lost
Chalk Farm - The Roundhouse
Chancery Lane - Sceptre taken from the painting ‘The Court of Chancery’ by Benjamin Ferrars
Charing Cross - David Gentleman artwork from Charing Cross Station
Chesham - Roger Crab, 17c haberdasher upon whom the Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter was based
Chigwell - Chigwell barrage balloons employed in WWII
Chiswick Park - William Hogarth’s dog
Chorleywood - Famous for the Chorleywood Bread Making Process
Clapham Common - ‘The man from the Clapham Omnibus’ symbolised the common man
Clapham North - Graham Greene, author of The Third Man was born here
Clapham South - George Jennings invented the ‘Monkey Closet’ or public lavatory
Cockfosters - Famous Fosters Beer advert with Paul Hogan
Colindale - Frigidaire had a factory in Colindale
Colliers Wood - Henry VI was crowned at Merton Abbey
Covent Garden - Area famous for Punch and Judy shows
Croxley - Croxley Mill
Dagenham East - Ford Cortina
Dagenham Heathway - Ford Anglia
Debden - Home of the Postal Museum
Dollis Hill - The colossus computer of Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill
Ealing Broadway - Home of actor Sid James
Ealing Common - Home of tennis ace and fashion label icon Fred Perry
Earls Court - Kangaroo symbolising large Australian community
East Acton - Wormwood Scrubs prison
East Finchley - Sculpture by Eric Aumonier of a kneeling archer
East Ham - Weathervane
East Putney - Marc Bolan lived in East Putney
Eastcote - Highgrove House
Edgware - Stained glass window from the Hale Lane Synagogue
Edgware Road - Famous for its shisha bars
Elephant and Castle - Statue, which is a symbol of the area
Elm Park - Elm leaves
Embankment - Sphinx guarding Cleopatra’s Needle on the Victoria Embankment
Epping - Epping Forest
Euston - George Bernard Shaw has a theatre named after him on the Euston Road
Euston Square - Charles Darwin lived near Euston Square
Fairlop - Fairlop Airfield Memorial
Farringdon - Smithfields Market porter
Finchley Central - Harry Beck’s iconic Tube map is commemorated here
Finchley Road - Charles de Gaulle lived nearby in Frognal
Finsbury Road - John Lydon aka ‘Johnny Rotten’ was born in Finsbury Park
Fulham Broadway - Marco Pierre White’s signature pig’s trotters at ‘Marco’, Fulham Road
Gants Hill - Commemorative Russian style tube sign as LU advised Moscow
Gloucester Road - Sir John Everett Millais’s painting Bubbles
Golders Green - Chollah bread representing large Jewish community
Goldhawk Road - Cooke’s pie and mash shop
Goodge Street - The Post Office Tower
Grange Hill - Roland Browning from the long running television series Grange Hill
Great Portland Street - Stethoscope symbolising the doctors of nearby Harley Street
Greenford - London Motorcycle Centre
Green Park - Buckingham Palace is nearby
Gunnersbury - Gothic boathouse from Gunnersbury Park
Hainault - Tube platform
Hammersmith - Home of artist Mary Feddon
Hampstead - Sigmund Freud lived in Hampstead
Hangar Lane - Twyford Abbey
Harlesden - Jubilee Clock
Harrow & Wealdstone - The ‘Wealdstone’
Harrow on the Hill - School boy from Harrow School
Hatton Cross - The Urban Farm
Heathrow 1, 2 and 3 - Luggage symbolising long haul flights,
Heathrow 4 - medium haul flights
Heathrow 5 - and short haul flights
Hendon Central - Pilot symbolising the Hendon Aerodrome
High Barnet - From the Cockney rhyming slang for ‘hair’
Highbury and Islington - The Highbury Clock
Highgate - Karl Marx is buried in Highgate Cemetery
High Street Kensington - Famous 1960s shop Biba was on High Street Kensington
Hillingdon - Home of penicillin discoverer Alexander Fleming
Holborn - Lewis chess piece from the British Museum
Holland Park - A peacock of Holland Park
Holloway Road - Edward Lear lived in Holloway
Hornchurch - Hornchurch RAF base
Hounslow Central - Classical house ‘The Lawn’
Hounslow East - Birthplace of musician Phil Collins
Hounslow West - Birthplace of actor Jack Wild
Hyde Park Corner - Wellington Arch
Ickenham - Swakeley’s House
Kennington - Charlie Chaplin live in Kennington as a child (although he was born in Walworth)
Kensal Green - Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – precursor to the computer
Kensington (Olympia) - Classical Olympic sculpture
Kentish Town - Kentish Town was renowned for piano manufacturers and shops
Kenton - All Saints Church Tower
Kew Gardens - Kew Gardens Japanese pagoda
Kilburn - Ian Dury from band ‘Kilburn and the High Roads’
Kilburn Park - Tricycle Theatre
Kingsbury - Jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine was born in Kingsbury
Kings Cross - Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni is buried under platform 9 of Kings Cross Station
Knightsbridge - Soldier from the Knightsbridge Horse Guards
Ladbroke Grove - From the cover of ‘London Calling’ by The Clash
Lambeth North - The name comes from landing place for lambs
Lancaster Gate - Peter Pan sculpture from Kensington Gardens
Latimer Road - The Westway
Leicester Square - Chinese soup bowl to represent Soho and Chinatown
Leyton - Leyton was heavily bombed by Zeppelins in WWI
Leytonstone - Alfred Hitchcock was born here
Liverpool Street - Richard Serra sculpture ‘Inside Fulcrum’
London Bridge - The Canterbury Tales started at a tavern close to London Bridge Station
Loughton - ‘Rock Drill’ as Sculptor Jacob Epstein lived here
Maida Vale - Bradley Wiggins was born in Maida Vale
Manor House - Clissold House from Clissold Park
Mansion House - The Lord Mayor’s ceremonial carriage
Marble Arch - The location of the Tyburn Tree where public executions were held
Marylebone - Original location of the Marylebone Cricket Club
Mile End - Rachel Whiteread’s sculpture ‘House’ at 193 Grove Road, Mile End
Mill Hill - East University of London’s Observatory in Mill Hill
Monument - Pudding Lane was where the Great Fire of London began in 1666
Moorgate - John Keats was born at the Swan and Hoop Inn, 199 Moorgate
Moor Park - Moor Park Golf Club
Morden - Joseph Bazalgette, designer of the London Sewer Network lived here
Mornington Crescent - Willie Rushton invented the game ‘Mornington Crescent’ on the radio show I’m sorry I haven’t a clue
Neasden - Sculpture from the façade of the Neasden Temple
Newbury Park - Newbury Park
North Acton - Tim Burton’s Batman was filmed in the Acton Lane Power Station
North Ealing - North Ealing lamppost
North Greenwich - The O2 Centre
North Harrow - Lord Byron went to school at Harrow
North Wembley - Soul and R & B singer Maxine Nightingale was born here
Northfields - Architect Charles Holden’s Northfields Station
Northolt - ‘Northala Fields’ – four large man-made hills
Northwick Park - Ambulance symbolising Northwick Park Hospital
Northwood - Director Derek Jarman lived here
Northwood Hills - Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury cleared Northwood Hills of trees
Notting Hill Gate - Home of the Notting Hill Carnival
Oakwood - Ancient ice well
Old Street - Tube train studios on a roof in nearby Shoreditch
Osterley - Osterley Park House
Oval - The Oval Gasomoter
Oxford Circus - Stanley Green, the Protein Man was a fixture of Oxford Street
Paddington - Home of Lord Baden Powell who started the Boy Scouts
Park Royal - Guiness factory
Parsons Green - The Fulham Pottery
Perivale - Entrance to the Hoover Building on Western Avenue
Piccadilly Circus - Alfred Gilbert’s statue of the Greek God Anteros popularly mistaken as Eros
Pimlico - Home of artist Aubrey Beardsley
Pinner - Elton John (Reginald Dwight) was born in Pinner
Plaistow - Dick Turpin
Preston Road - Sign from the Preston Tavern
Putney Bridge - Cardinal Wolsey crossed the river at Putney in 1529
Queen’s Park - Queen’s Park Library
Queensbury - Station is on Honeypot Lane
Queensway - Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Ravenscourt Park - Ravenscourt Park Café once the stable block of Ravenscourt House
Rayner’s Lane -Grosvenor Cinema now converted to a Zoroastrian Centre
Redbridge - Redbridge Town Hall
Regent’s Park - Home of London Zoo
Richmond - Deer from Richmond Park
Rickmansworth - Home of George Orwell
Roding Valley - Windmill
Royal Oak - Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the first ever iron bridge ‘Bishop’s Bridge’
Ruisip - Home of cinematographer Oswald Morris who filmed ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Ruislip Gardens - Actor Andy Serkis, ‘Gollum’ from Lord of the Rings was born here
Ruislip Manor - Ruislip Manor Farm
Russell Square - Charles Dickens lived nearby at 48 Doughty Street
St James’s Park - Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais in Victoria Tower Gardens
St John’s Wood - The Beatles from the album cover of Abbey Road
St Paul’s - St Pauls Cathedral
Seven Sisters - The musician Dave Clark was from Seven Sisters
Shepherds Bush - Steptoe and Son was filmed and based in Shepherds Bush
Shepherd’s Bush Market - Sign from Shepherds Bush Market
Sloane Square - Venus fountain in Sloane Square
Snaresbrook - Swan from Eagle Pond
South Ealing - Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery
South Kensington - Dodo from the Natural History Museum
South Harrow - Home of politician Screaming Lord Sutch
South Kenton - Cricketer Denis Compton was from Kenton
South Ruislip - Mary Bankes-Hawtry was a Royalist figure during the English Civil War
South Wimbledon - Home of the Wimbledon College of Art
South Woodford - Head of the Suffragette movement Sylvia Pankhurst lived here
Southfields - Home of the author George Eliot
Southgate - The singer Amy Winehouse was born in Southgate
Southwark - William Shakespeare as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre is on Bankside
Stamford Brook - The Raven Public House
Stanmore - Roger Moore lived in Stanmore
Stepney Green - St Dunstan Church
Stockwell - Vincent van Gogh lived briefly in Stockwell
Stonebridge Park - McVities Biscuit Factory was here
Stratford - Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metre gold medal at the 2012 Olympics
Sudbury Hill - Dev Patel, star of Slumdog Millionaire was born in Sudbury
Sudbury - Town Express Dairy
Swiss Cottage - Cuckoo clock
Temple - Statue of two poor knights sharing a horse from in front of a 12c Templar Church
Theydon Bois - Theydon Bois Avenue of Trees
Tooting Bec - Taken from apocryphal story of tourists mistakenly being taken to Tooting Common during the Tutankhamen exhibition
Tooting Broadway - Home of greyhound racetrack ‘Wimbledon Stadium’
Tottenham Court Road - Portrait of local man on the Fitzrovia Mural
Tottenham Hale - Luke Howard invented the scientific classification for clouds
Totteridge & Whetstone - Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal FC live in Totteridge
Tower Hill - One of the Tower’s ravens
Tufnell Park - Roofline of the Boston Towers tavern
Turnham Green - Battle of Turnham Green was fought here during the English Civil War
Turnpike Lane - Banksy graffito removed and sold in an American auction house
Upminster - Rev. William Derham accurately calculated the speed of sound
Upminster Bridge - Upminster Windmill
Upney - Eastbury Manor
Upton Park - Home of West Ham United FC
Uxbridge - John Rich the father of English pantomime lived here
Vauxhall - Tsar Nicholas I of Russia visited Vauxhall
Victoria - Queen Victoria
Walthamstow Central - William Morris
Wanstead - James Pound discovers Saturn’s satellites
Warren Street - Rabbit
Warwick Avenue - Houseboat from Little Venice
Waterloo - Napoleon
Watford - Salters Gardens Almshouses
Wembley Central - The stadium of the home of English Football
Wembley Park - A football
West Acton - Home of actor Adam Faith, famous for his starring role in Budgie
West Brompton - Wild Bill Cody’s show came to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
West Finchley - Terry Thomas lived in West Finchley
West Ham - Weathervane
West Hampstead - Home of Winnie the Pooh author A A Milne
West Harrow - Home of Roger Bannister, first man to break the 4-minute mile
West Kensington - Home of racing car driver Stirling Moss
West Ruislip - Brian Connely, lead singe of the group ‘Sweet’ lived here
Westbourne Park - Brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower
Westminster - Big Ben
White City - The marathon distance was set at the 1908 Olympics as the distance between
White City Stadium - and Windsor Castle – 26 miles and 285 yards
Whitechapel - Gilbert and George live nearby in Spitalfields
Willesden Green - Home of the famous Spotted Dog public house
Willesden Junction - Willesden Junction Library
Wimbledon - Uncle Bulgaria from The Wombles
Wimbledon Park - Strawberries, the favourite staple of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
Wood Lane - Historic home of the BBC
Woodford - Winston Churchill was the MP for Woodford
Woodside Park - Spike Milligan lived in Woodside Park
Wood Green - Alexandra Park antenna

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