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short walk to a park - but the main interest is the station itself

Sudbury Town station is a delight for anyone interested in Thirties design. Originally at the end of the line, it was created by CharlesHolden (1931). It is best viewed from the end of Station Road. The clean lines of the façade, inspired by Scandinavian architecture of the period, are reflected in the spacious, interior and cantilevered concrete roofs of the platforms. 

There are all sorts of fascinating details. For instance, on the right hand side as you enter there is an original deco newspaper kiosk above which, high up on the wall, is a barometer. The original wooden ticket office has been retained, though is no longer in use. 

It still contains a Westinghouse Rapid Printer complete with roll-top lid – truly a collector's item. 

Barham Park. About ten minutes walk from Sudbury Tube station is a municipal park in the gardens of a demolished Victorian residence which belonged to Sir George Barham founder of the Express Dairy in 1864. On his death in 1937 Titus Barham, son of Sir George, left Barham House to Wembley Borough Council. Sadly the Council let the house go to rack and ruin and it was demolished in 1957. 

The cheerful low black and white buildings that used to house the local library are part of a Georgian mansion that once stood on the site. In the park are pergolas, walled gardens and lawns with lovely trees. A pleasant place to go if you happen to be in the area. To get to it, go straight out of the station (keeping to the left hand side of Station Approach). Cross Bridgewater Road at the lights, then walk to the left along the curve of Fernwood Avenue.  Turn right at the bus stop when you reach the Harrow Road and cross at the pedestrian lights. You will see the park straight ahead. Once over the road turn left to find the entrance. 

An alternative might be go to Horsenden Hill, about ten minutes walk away from the Tube in the other direction, turning left from the station into Station Crescent and then left again into Allendale Road. At the end go right along Whitton Avenue towards the pedestrian crossing and cross to Whitton Drive. At the end you will find a gate into woodland. For further details go to the entry for Perivale.
Sudbury Town 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 even in the most unpromising areas 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 above link to see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!

© DR