Last chance to rename Archway station in honour of Whittington

The opportunity to rename Archway tube station after Dick Whittington has arisen for the first and perhaps last time with the underground tube map in the process of being re-designed to replace the existing one in November this year. The schematic diagra

The opportunity to rename Archway tube station after Dick Whittington has arisen for the first and perhaps last time with the underground tube map in the process of being re-designed to replace the existing one in November this year. The schematic diagram was first designed by Harry Beck in 1933.

For those of us who live in the vicinity of this gateway to the north and its surroundings, and for Londoners on the whole who cherish the history of this great city, it makes sense to rename Archway station after Dick Whittington in view of the fact that a major hospital, two pubs, a local park and a few buildings; all within a stone's throw from the tube station, are already in eponymous tribute of London's most famous son. Moreover the legend had its genesis only yards from where the station is located.

Already a London Assembly Member has taken advantage of this opportunity at Mayor's question time in City Hall in September, to put the case for the renaming of an Edgeware road station as an incentive for regeneration of his area, and it looks likely the Mayor will accede to his request. My request to the Mayor and TfL's marketing department a long time ago failed to merit a positive response.

The name Archway is as dull as ditchwater and representative only of the infamous bridge which spans the boroughs of Highgate and Haringey. The change would have a profound effect on tourism as it is more representative of local history, besides being an exciting brand name.


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Walter Roberts

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