Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Saturday Street: Goodge Street

The Saturday Street is our weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address





Goodge Street W1 Location: The Borough of Camden The tube station named Goodge Street actually faces out onto Tottenham Court Road and was indeed called Tottenham Court Road Station until 1908. There was once a campaign to rename it again, this time to Goodge Street Fitzrovia to create awareness of that hidden and much disputed London neighbourhood. The station takes its name from the street just around the corner, which in turn is dubbed for one John Goodge, who acquired nearby Crab Tree Field in the early 18th Century.


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