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UPTON PARK District Line, H & City line
a short walk for football fans. Alas, no more!
The last competitive match was played on May 10th 2016. The Hammers are moving to the Olympic Stadium and Bolyen Road is to be redeveloped for housing.
Not the richest of areas, but it is home to West Ham United Football Club.   To see the somewhat eccentric facade turn right from the station, passing a couple of markets and a variety of shops.   Further on, most of the houses along the way are fairly rundown, though the doorways retain their pretty plasterwork.

Do not miss the advertising clock at the corner of Redclyffe Road with its 1930’s joke ‘ Don’t kill your wife, let us do it’ ( the laundry). Now for the football club.  The Disney-like castle frontage of the club is a reference to the fact that a servant of Henry Vlll owned an estate here and it is claimed that the king visited the house to court Anne Boleyn. Thus the stadium is known as The Boleyn Ground. The castle refers to a tower that once stood in the grounds. The logo of the club is a castle with two crossed hammers, a reminder of its origins as The Thames Ironworks team - fans still refer to it as The Hammers. 

The ironwork in the photo is the insignia of the London, Tilsbury and Southend Railway (LTSR) which Upton Park served from 1877 to 1962.

Upton Park is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings to be found, even in the areacovered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above and see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!

© DR