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Turnpike Lane tube station

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The ticket-hall is built half underground

Turnpike Lane tube station is a station on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground, between Manor House and Wood Green stations, and in Travelcard Zone 3. It is located within the London Borough of Haringey.

When opened on September 19, 1932, it was the first Underground Railway Station within the Borough of Tottenham. The Bus station at the back of the station complex was covered in 1968 as part of a "reshaping plan" of London bus services. The roof has since been removed.

Architecturally, this tube station designed by the architect Charles Holden, is a well preserved example of the modernist 'house style' of London Transport in the 1930s. The station ticket-hall is an enormous brick box, half-sunk into the surrounding ground. Its high walls contain segmented windows which during the day allow natural light to shine far into the station. The effect in late afternoon light is akin to that in a cathedral transept.

The station is mentioned in the song Junkie Doll by Mark Knopfler on his Album Sailing to Philadelphia.

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