Bow railway station

Bow was a railway station in Stratford, known on the west bank of the River Lea as Stratford-at-Bow (later just Bow), east London, that was opened in 1850 by the East & West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway, which was later renamed the North London Railway (NLR). The station was situated between Old Ford and South Bromley, and was located on the north side of Bow Road, close to the second Bow Road station which was open from 1892 to 1949. A covered footway connected the two stations between 1892 and 1917.

Bow Station (North London Line) 1865445 6c7a7f71.jpg
Remains of the entrance in 1961
Grid referenceTQ372830
OwnerEast & West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
Number of platforms4
Key dates
1850 (1850)Opened
1944 (1944)Closed
Other information
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

The original Bow station was replaced by a much grander station in 1870, designed by Edwin Henry Horne, which incorporated a concert hall that was 100 feet (30 m) long and 40 feet (12 m) wide. Bow was served not only by the NLR but also by Great Eastern Railway (GER) trains to Fenchurch Street and a shuttle service to Plaistow.

The NLR line was severely damaged in the Blitz of World War II and the line east of Dalston Junction was closed in 1944 and never re-opened to passengers. The station buildings remained in use as a parcel office until it was closed in 1965. After being left derelict, Bow station was ultimately demolished during the construction of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which reused the old NLR line. Today, the station site is occupied by a car hire firm, and directly opposite lies Bow Church DLR station.


Coordinates: 51°31′42″N 0°01′20″W / 51.52833°N 0.02211°W / 51.52833; -0.02211

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Burdett Road
towards Fenchurch Street
  London, Tilbury and Southend Railway   Old Ford
towards Dalston
South Bromley
towards Poplar
  North London Railway  
towards Plaistow
  London, Tilbury and Southend Railway