To provide a platform

(Wikipedia): “Scotland Yard is a metonym for the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police. The force moved from Great Scotland Yard in 1890, to a newly completed building on the Victoria Embankment, and the name “New Scotland Yard” was adopted for the new headquarters, designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw (see image). An adjacent building was completed in 1906. A third building was added in 1940. The first two buildings are now a Grade I listed structure known as the Norman Shaw Buildings.”

From: The District Line (2006), by M.A.C. Horne:

“Platform lengthening was usually carried out during other works, and by the end of the war most had been lengthened although some awkward sites remained. A programme began in 1955 to improve the position, starting at Monument…

Blackfriars was next…

Westminster followed immediately, the works being undertaken between September 1962 and April 1964. The extension was only possible at the east end and was complicated by running directly under the Norman Shaw building of what was then Scotland Yard, the world’s most famous police headquarters (there had once been a direct access into the building from platform level). It was necessary to make elaborate arrangements to support the building while the new structures were put into place, and the new extensions snaked past (and partly into) a particularly sensitive storage vault. When finished, the platforms were extended, one by 79ft and the other by 87ft.”

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“The discord within Rosebery was reflected as much in his actions as his words…one of the most graphic illustrations of this dual existence occurs in his reflections on a weekend at the beginning of April 1873…’…Finally, having lasted from midnight to half-past four the supper broke up. I drove Alma Egerton home and did not get to bed until 5.30.’

The next day he was up at 8.45 in the morning to go to the City Tabernacle in Islington to hear a sermon by the celebrated nonconformist preacher Charles Spurgeon. He was deeply moved by the scene…’…Neither the upper nor the lower classes are represented. Spurgeon is the apostle of the grocers…Which would win the battle, “Society” flabby, flippant and enervated with no ostensible strength except that wealth which is in reality its greatest weakness – or this serious band of Ironsides and round-heads, nerved by conviction and animated by genius?…’…

…Noting a conversation in March 1908 with Sir Robert Anderson, the former head of Scotland Yard’s detective department, Rosebery wrote that Anderson did not doubt Gladstone’s double life was ‘very immoral’. Anderson told Rosebery that in 1886 one of his constables had seen Gladstone going into ‘a house of ill-fame’ at noon one day…According to Anderson, the incident came to the attention of the leading nonconformist ministers, who learnt that ‘Gladstone was a constant visitor to the street…That’s why they changed their voting intention and why Spurgeon called Gladstone mad.’ (Charles Spurgeon, the ‘Prince of Preachers’ (1834-1892), was one of the great nonconformist leaders of the nineteenth century. In the mid 1880s part of the nonconformist movement broke away from Liberalism, ostensibly over Ireland, though Anderson here hints at a more personal cause for disillusion.)”

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