Edgware marks the end of the Northern Line, well once branch of it anyway. It first opened on 18th August 1924 as the northern terminus of the then Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. In the 1930s, it was planned to extend the line northwards to Bushey Park but this was curtailed by the Second World War. After the war, the area the extension was to run through was designated as part of the new green belt and therefore housing development, which would have helped make the new route profitable, was prohibited. The plans were dropped in 1954.
The New Works plans would have also seen Edgware linked to the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line via Mill Hill. Again, these never saw the light of day and the link only made it as far as Mill Hill East, hence why it is now stuck out on its own on the map. If you think the Northern Line is confusing now, imagine how it would have been if this had been completed! All these projects were flagged as under construction in tube maps until the late 1940s – as seen on this map from 1946.
The station ticket hall is much the same as the others at this end of the Northern Line. However unique to Edgware is the impressive roof covering the platforms which is more reminiscent of a main line rail station.
The Pub: The Three Wishes, 122-126 High Street, Edgware, HA8 7EL
The Three Wishes is just under a ten minute walk from the station, head along Station Road passing the Broadwalk Shopping Centre, then turn right onto Manor Park Crescent and follow this till you hit the High Street and the Three Wishes is a couple of moments away on your right.
The Three Wishes is part of a mini-chain of suburban pubs, I’ve also visited one of theirs in North Harrow. In common with others I’ve visited for outer stops, the pub is located within a 1930s era shopping parade and with housing above it. The hanging baskets were in fine fettle we dropped in.
Inside, its a pretty roomy place and extended further back than I initially thought. There is a small area that looks set up for bands – the pubs listings point to regular live music taking place here at weekends. The interior has been decorated in a mixture of purple and dark green colours which seemed to go quite well together. The large windows stop the place getting too gloomy. As you might expect, there are a collection of black and white photos of old Edgware on the walls. The pub also has a small back garden.
Only one ale was available on tap on our visit, Greene King IPA. As far as food goes, I think they only extend to Sunday roasts. The Three Wishes has a number of TVs, set on a variety of channels from Sky Sports and At the Races. In contrast, the one near us was showing an international news channel. There is also a dart board as well as a quiz machine, although the latter was sadly broken when we tried it.
The Three Wishes is fine as places go to stop for a drink and it certainly didn’t feel like a locals only pub. That’s fortunate really, because I don’t think there are any other pub options nearby!