The Midland Railway into London opened in 1868.
Moorgate : Aldersgate : Farringdon : King’s Cross-St. Pancras : Camden Road : Kentish Town : Haverstock Hill : Finchley Road : West End : Child’s Hill : Welsh Harp : Hendon.
A line of ghosts.
Welsh Harp station, named after the Old Welsh Harp Tavern, was built following strenuous representations from the Tavern’s charismatic licensee W.P. Warner. It opened on 2 May 1870 as a single island platform between the slow lines.
The expresses thundered by, throwing out gouts of steam.
Its regular services from Town brought thousands for a countrified bean feast. An away day of eating, drinking, strolling, swimming, fishing or boating. A courtship with countryside thirty minutes from home
In the heady days of the mid-1880s crowds in excess of 25,000 could be expected over a bank holiday weekend; in 1881 on Easter Monday, trains delivered some 5,000 day trippers to the Harp before lunch.
However, it was all short-lived, a brief flurry of activity before tastes and the environment changed. By the early 1900’s the area was urbanised and day-trippers turned away from built-over green fields and a man-made lake to the coast and the seaside towns.
Welsh Harp station closed on 1 July 1903. It was 33 years old.
There are no visible remains.