Elephant and Castle

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Elephant and Castle

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Elephant and Castle is one of five London tube stations named after a pub.

One thing Elephant and Castle is not named after is 'La Infanta de Castilla', seemingly referring to a series of Spanish princesses such as Eleanor of Castile and María, the daughter of Philip III of Spain. However, Eleanor of Castile was not an infanta - the term only appeared in English about 1600. María has a strong British connection because she was once controversially engaged to Charles I, but she had no connection with Castile. Infanta de Castilla therefore seems to be a conflation of two Iberian royals separated by 300 years.

Regardless, the pub of that name gave its name to the station, and in turn the station to the nearby area - originally called Newington.

Elephant & Castle tube station is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line between Kennington and Borough, and is the southern terminus of the Bakerloo Line.

The station was built in two stages. The Northern Line station opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the first deep-level tube, the City & South London Railway (C&SLR). The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (BS&WR) station opened on 5 August 1906, five months after the rest of the line. Although belonging to separate companies, the platforms were connected below ground from 10 August 1906.

The first baby to be born on the underground was born at the station in 1924. Press reports claimed that she had been named Thelma Ursula Beatrice Eleanor (so that her initials would have read T.U.B.E.) but this story later proved false, and she was named Marie Cordery. Elephant and Castle seems to specialise in names which prove false!


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THE STREETS OF ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
Albert Barnes House, SE1 Residential block
Applegarth House, SE1 Residential block
Arch Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Avonmouth Street, SE1 Avonmouth Street was formerly called Devonshire Street.
Baden Place, SE1 Baden Place is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Balfour Street, SE17 Balfour Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Barlow Street, SE17 Barlow Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Bath Terrace, SE1 Bath Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Bear Lane, SE1 Bear Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Belvedere Buildings, SE1 Belvedere Buildings is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Bodley Way, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Boyfield Street, SE1 Boyfield Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Brook Drive, SE1 Brook Drive is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Burrell Street, SE1 Burrell Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Catesby Street, SE17 Catesby Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Chancel Street, SE1 Chancel Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Chatham Street, SE17 Chatham Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Collinson Walk, SE1 Collinson Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Comus Place, SE17 Comus Place is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Copperfield Street, SE1 Copperfield Street was named after the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, by association with nearby Dickens Square.
County Street, SE1 County Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Crail Row, SE17 Crail Row is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Crosslet Street, SE17 Crosslet Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Darwin Street, SE17 Darwin Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Dawes House, SE17 Residential block
Dean’s Buildings, SE17 Dean’s Buildings is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Dickens Estate, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Dickens Square, SE1 Dickens Square is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Elba Place, SE17 Elba Place is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Elephant & Castle Station, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Elephant & Castle, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Elephant and Castle, SE1 Elephant and Castle is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Elephant Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 Elephant Castle Shopping Centre is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Elephant Road, SE17 Elephant Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Elsted Street, SE17 Elsted Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Ewer Street, SE1 Ewer Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Falmouth Road, SE1 Falmouth Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Flint Street, SE17 Flint Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Gaitskell Way, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Gambia Street, SE1 Gambia Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Garland Close, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Gay Street, SW15 Gay Street is a road in the SW15 postcode area
Gaywood Street, SE1 Gaywood Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Glasshill Street, SE1 Glasshill Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Great Guildford Street, SE1 Great Guildford Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Great Maze Pond, SE1 Great Maze Pond is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Halpin Place, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Hampton Street, SE1 Hampton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Hampton Street, SE17 Hampton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Hannibal House, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Harper Road, SE1 Harper Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Hemp Walk, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Henshaw Street, SE17 Henshaw Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Heygate Street, SE17 Heygate Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Hillery Close, SE17 Hillery Close is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Howell Walk, SE1 Howell Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Huntsman Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
John Maurice Close, SE17 John Maurice Close is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Kennedy Walk, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Lant Street, SE1 Lant Street derives its name from the Lant family who inherited the estates known as Southwark Olace.
Loman Street, SE1 Loman Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Maiden Lane, SE1 Maiden Lane is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Meadow Row, SE1 Meadow Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Morecambe Street, SE17 Morecambe Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Nelson Square, SE1 Nelson Square is a road in the SE1 postcode area
New Kent Road, SE17 New Kent Road is a road in the SE17 postcode area
O’Meara Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Ontario Street, SE1 Ontario Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Orb Street, SE17 Orb Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Pastor Street, SE1 Pastor Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Peabody Estate, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Pepper Street, SE1 Pepper Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Plantain Place, SE1 Plantain Place is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Pocock Street, SE1 Pocock Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Price’s Street, SE1 Price’s Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Princess Street, SE1 Princess Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Risborough Street, SE1 Risborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rockingham Street, SE1 Rockingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rodney Place, SE17 Rodney Place is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Rodney Road, SE17 Rodney Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Rushworth Street, SE1 Rushworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Sawyer Street, SE1 Sawyer Street is named after Bob Sawyer, a character in the novel The Pickwick Papers by local resident Charles Dickens.
Searles Road, SE1 Searles Road is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Shopping Centre Elephant Castle, SE1 Shopping Centre Elephant Castle is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Silex Street, SE1 Silex Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southwark Street, SE1 Southwark Street is a major street just south of the River Thames. It runs between Blackfriars Road to the west and Borough High Street to the east.
St Alphege House, SE1 Residential block
St Gabriel Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Stead Street, SE17 Stead Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Steedman Street, SE17 Steedman Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Street Gabriel Walk, SE1 A street within the SE17 postcode
Sumner Street, SE1 Sumner Street runs from Great Guildford Street to Southwark Bridge Road.
Surrey Row, SE1 Surrey Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
The 221 Estate, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Theobald Street, SE1 Theobald Street is (now) a short street lying off of the New Kent Road.
Thrale Street, SE1 Thrale Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tisdall Place, SE17 Tisdall Place is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Trundle Street, SE1 Trundle Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Union Street, SE1 Union Street was so-called as it linked two other streets.
Unit 323, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Victory Place, SE17 Victory Place is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Wadding Street, SE17 Wadding Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Webber Street, SE1 Webber Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Weller Street, SE1 Weller Street is one of several local streets named after Dickens characters.
Wollaston Close, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode




LOCAL PHOTOS
Elephant and Castle tavern
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Elephant & Castle, 1910.
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