London’s Euston

Last week when I was waiting on Bangor station for the train to London, I heard announcements that referred to the London station that trains from Bangor go to as “London’s Euston“, rather than the usual London Euston or just Euston. I hadn’t heard it referred to in that way before so noticed it and thought it strange.

Euston station was built on land owned by the Dukes of Grafton, and named after Euston Hall his ancestral home in Suffolk, near the village of Euston, a name first recorded in Domesday Book, and possibly of Anglo-Saxon origin, maybe from “Efe’s Tun” (Efe’s farmstead).

There are a number of mainline railway stations in London that serve different parts of the country. As well as Euston, which serves northwest England and north Wales, there’s Victoria (for south and southeast of England, and an English queen); Paddington (for the southwest of England and south Wales, and for small Peruvian bears); Waterloo (for south and southwest England, and an ABBA song), and so on.

Details of how the major railway stations in London got their names.

This entry was posted in English, Language, Words and phrases.

2 Responses to London’s Euston

  1. Gareth says:

    You forgot the most important station: King’s Cross, which serves points along the East Coast Mainline (including York, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh) and also pupils on their way to Hogwarts 😉

  2. Alex M. says:

    The most important London station from a linguistic point of view is Vauxhall which was borrowed into Russian as вокзал, now the general Russian word for a large railway station.

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