One of the stairwell entrances to Manor House station, LUL Piccadilly Line, on the Cockfosters extension that opened as far as Arnos Grove on 19th September 1932, seen here on 9th December 2010. The stations on the extension were designed by Dr. Charles Holden (1875-1960), the Underground's Chief Architect between the two world wars. When opened, there was an additional subway from the sub-surface ticket hall giving access to two loading platforms on Seven Sisters Road for the trams running north-east/south west. The subway and platforms fell into disuse when trolleybuses replaced trams in 1939 but the platforms remained in situ until 1951. Trams continued to serve Manor House along Green Lanes from the south until 1952 and I am just old enough to remember trolleybuses here before they were withdrawn in 1961. There was a magnificent kaleidoscopic spiders' web of overhead wires where the Seven Sisters Road routes crossed those on Green Lanes. The passing bus in this picture, not half as romantic nor as comfortable as the trolleys, is HW 2 on route 141 en route to Palmers Green North Circular Road, the latter day truncated successor to the 641 trolleybus route that used to go all the way to Enfield.
Location: Manor House
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 73183