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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Birthday trip to Metro-Land

I can't believe a year has passed since I wrote about my mothers 90th birthday. Every birthday after 90 needs something special by way of celebration and this year for her 91st my son and I took her on a special trip run by the London Transport Museum on a 1938 London tube train. We travelled from Amersham to Harrow on the Hill and back - an area once known as Metro-Land.

The name "Metro-Land" was created in 1915 by the publicity department of the Metropolitan Railway. "Metro-Land" was the advertising slogan developed to entice workers from cramped homes in Central London out into the rural paradise of Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. "Metro-Land" became the name of the annual publication of the railway's booklet which described the area the railways served through north west London and beyond. The Railway set up a separate company to develop housing and shops along the Metropolitan's line.   Much of the area was extensively developed between the World Wars and created a distinctive atmosphere.  Posters which carried the name Metro-Land depicted a sylvan landscape where ladies in hats picked flowers and drifted through sun-speckled meadows.

 Some of our fellow passengers dressed in their best vintage 

This 1938 tube train was still in service in the 1980s - cigarette adverts!

 Gorgeous art deco light

I remember 'strap hanging' when I first lived in London

Mum and son

"Through Amersham to Aylesbury and the Vale,
In those wet fields the railway didn't pay.
The Metro stops at Amersham today."

Metro-land John Betjeman


  1. What a fun trip!

    My birthday is next Sunday.....plan something!

    xo jane

  2. What a lovely way to spend the day. The history is interesting. Your mum does not look 91. Great that she is out and about, enjoying life.


  3. Your Mum looks amazing for her age!.. sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy a day out.

    Dosn't it seem strange now to see cigaretes advertised like that x

  4. I can't believe your mum's age! She looks not a day past 21. ;-)

    And what an awesome day out! I'm rather jealous!!


  5. I shall pass all your lovely complements on to my Mum - she'll be thrilled! xx

  6. Happy Birthday to your mother, Louise !
    What a special gift, looks like you all had a wonderful day !
    Wish you a nice week,

  7. Louise,
    What a gift to have your mum still with you and looking so fabulous! (your son is a cutie also but you must take after your mom in not looking her age because you certainly don't look old enough to have a son his age)! Looks like you had a great day together, here's to many more!

  8. Fascinating - I had no idea about Metro Land

  9. wow that looks such fun! ive never heard of it!


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