Poster; Golders Green, unknown, 1908
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1908
Collection : Posters
Reference number : 1983/4/45
H 1000mm, W 610mm
Reproduced in :
London Transport Posters. A Century of Art and Design, edited by David Bownes and Oliver Green, Lund Humphries, 2008.
Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd : 1908
Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd
Descriptive size :
Content text :
UndergrounD Sanctuary ''Tis pleasant,through the loopholes of retreat,/ To peep at such a world; to see the stir/Of the great Babel, and not feel the crowd;/ To hear the roar she sends through all her gates/ At a safe distance, where the dying sound/ Falls a soft murmer on th' uninjured ear.' William Cowper. The soonest reached at any time GOLDERS GREEN (Hendon and Finchley) A Place of delightful prospects
Additional information :
'Golders Green' was the first of many posters encouraging house-hunters to move out to new developments in the rural fringes of London. Work began on the new Underground railway from Charing Cross to Hampstead in 1903, when Golders Green was little more than a country crossroads. Within a few months, the terminus was the focus of a new community, complete with shops and avenues of Arts & Crafts-style houses.
This poster paints an idyllic picture of life in Golders Green. The words of 18th-century poet William Cowper beneath compare the suburb to a sanctuary. The station and train in the background remind us of the vital link to the City, which made such a lifestyle possible.