200 Regent’s Park Road (Old Station)

Site of Primrose Hill Station / 2013 Bikram Yoga

It tends to get forgotten that the stretch of road leading rightwards downhill to the Hampstead Road is still part of Regent’s Park Road. The curve follows the line of the ancient lane from Hampstead Road to the Chalk Farm Tavern. 

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Station, 1985

The lane was cut through when the main line from Euston to Birming- ham was builit in 1837. The original brick bridge was built in 1839, but it was demolished for railway widening in 1846 and re-built in iron. 

It was pedestrianised in 1972, and this block to through-traffic along Regent’s Park Road contributes much to the ‘island’ nature of the Primrose Hill area.

  • STATION                North London Railway        1851-92

This station was originally named Hampstead Road, became Chalk Farm Station from 1862-1950, and was Primrose Hill Station until it was closed to passengers in 1992.

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Station, 2005

It served platforms on the North London Railway, linking Kew with the City, and was popular with commuters.

The ticket office was through the door nearest to the bridge. The remainder housed a railwaymen’s club, and evidently some other shops and businesses:

  • BOOT REPAIRER   Leonard Presswell  1935
  • CAFÉ                      Joseph Fuller                     1945-50
  • GREENGROCER    Thomas Bland                    1955-60
  • CONCRETE DEALERS    Greenham Ready Mixed Concrete Ltd 1965-75
  • ARCHITECTS          Lanchester & Lodge      1975-1991
  • INSURANCE BROKERS  Winsover-Howden   2002-04
  • PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER  Venture  2004-?
  • STUDIO / CLINIC   Bikram Yoga           2013