Waterloo Station is named after the bridge which is named after the battle named after the town in Belgium where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. The bridge was going to be called the Strand Bridge but was being built when the battle took place. Until the 18th Century the area of London known as waterloo was known as Lambeth Marshe and there is still a street nearby called Lower Marsh.
Nowadays Waterloo is the busiest railway station in the UK and also the country’s largest station. According to Wikipedia if you count the Underground and Waterloo East stations, it is the busiest station complex in Europe.
The station was rebuilt in the early 20th century, opening in 1922, and included the Victory Arch over the main entrance, which commemorated World War I. Waterloo was the last London terminus to provide steam-powered services, which ended in 1967.
These photographs and others are courtesy of Graham Cosserat – his wonderful photographs can be found here.
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