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This is a short (about a mile) trip for those who are interested in unusual architecture. The station itself is a gem. Built in 1905 it has original high-backed wooden bright red seats on the platforms and green tiles at the booking office windows. The façade is classically elegant with lots of period features. 
After admiring the station, head left for the busy Talgarth Road. In front to the right is a Deco block of flats (pity about the prominent green stink-pipe). Immediately left something very different.  St. Paul's studios, designed for ‘bachelor artists’, were built in 1891.  This ornate row has huge north-facing windows on the top floor, while the living quarters for the housekeepers are in the basement.  Best viewed from the pedestrian island in the middle of the horrendous main road.  At long last some of the studios are undergoing restoration  - decades of grime being removed to enhance their much-ornamented exteriors.
Walk back over the railway bridge and turn right into Margravine Gardens, crossing to the south side. This has some attractive small-scale Arts & Crafts architecture, and you can look over the railway to see the backs of the studios. Pass through iron gates to Margravine Cemetery, opened in 1869 in response to the overcrowding of graveyards attached to churches. Walk past a long hedge, then take
the first turning, a path that curves to the right, to discover a small, octagonal Georgian building. This was a reception house for the dead of those so poor they could not afford a burial straight away. It's the only one left in London. Luckily it survived the WW2 bomb that caused so much damage elsewhere in the cemetery that eventually it was decided to bury the broken headstones and grass them over. The area was then declared a Garden of Rest - a designation sometimes ignored by local students.
Wander to the right along the main drive. Near the end is a memorial in the shape of a stone chair on the right hand side just before the Margravine Road exit.  

Leave the cemetery here,  going right at Margravine Road.  Right again into St. Dunstan's Road.  At the sharp bend, No.17 is the Arts and Crafts ‘cottage’ built for a painter in 1891. It was designed by  CFA Voysey, who influenced the design of thousands of suburban houses built in the inter-war years.  The building has undergone some alteration and is now a Hungarian Reformed Church, but it remains a charming example of the Voysey style. 
Go right at Margravine Gardens for the Tube station.

This 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 in the area covered 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. It's amazing what's out there!
© DR