Courtesy of the Islington Archaeology & History Society I've just found out why Highbury and Islington Station looks so nondescript.
It was opened as a grand station in 1872. After being twice hit by bombs in the war, it ended its life as a storage space before being demolished during the construction of the Victoria Line.
Ooda thunk! Thanks IAHS.
Read more form IAHS at www.islingtonhistory.org.uk.
The direct hit of a V1 bomb didn't help much http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/highbury-corner-bomb
Town planners throught UK finished off what the Luftwaffe could not
Thanks for those links Alan
Yes, it's fascinating stuff - also worth noting that one of the original pillars from the grand old station remains, just visible to the left of the existing cattle-shed as you walk in.
Fin Fahey took this photo in 2006. He was scathing about how the wartime V-1 bomb damage was later used - in his view - as an excuse to demolish the remainder of the building.
I understand that the post office at Highbury corner is planned to close down soon. That building is falling apart anyway so I wonder if they will demolish it & relandscape the entrance to the station.it is a bit silly to have it hidden behind a building as it currently is.
A quick search shows various redevelopment plans for the station area and Highbury Corner going back at least a decade, though the only progress so far is a second entrance/exit within the station building.