A Short History of Baker Street Tube Station and One of the Men that Helped Build It
Stephen and Yhana go treasure hunting and investigate a few new Badger Holes – To their surprise they find a Neolithic Leaf Shaped Arrowhead.
- Published: 18 June 2021
- Location: Essex, England
- Duration: 9:16
- Photography – Stephen Robert Kuta / Yhana Kuta
- Written by – Stephen Robert Kuta
Welcome to the Metropolitan Railway Line, London and Baker Street Tube Station. Stephen and Yhana have been wanting to film a short video here at this station for awhile now, and although many of their most recent videos showcase treasure hunting in the UK, it is history in general and genealogy specifically where Stephen’s true passion lies. This year is his 25th year as a Genealogist, and although Yhana and Stephen have made a few tiny mentions about their family history in a few videos. for example, they covered some of their darkest family stories during October 2020 – 13 Terrifying True Stories for Halloween – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG… This video is their first family history video this year, and it’s a great way to celebrate 25 years of research too. Stephen and Yhana – tube stop at Baker Street Underground station was perfect timing. But why here? And why is Baker Street, London underground station associated with their family history. After 25 years of genealogical research, A lot of incredible family history has been uncovered. And Baker Street, London Underground Station is just one piece of fascinating history, the tunnels and the station were excavated by Stephen’s 3x great-grandfather Frank Bean, he alongside many 1000’s of men undertook the task of digging by hand and excavating the metropolitan line tunnels this underground tunnel would eventually become the worlds first underground railway line. Frank Bean was baptised on the 25th September 1825 at Saint Mary’s Church, Roxeth, Harrow, London. He was the fourth of eight children born to Thomas Bean (1793 – 1845) and Charlotte Prior (1791 – 1868). Frank spent most of his early years in Harrow on the Hill working as an agricultural labourer. He married in Paddington Green on the 13th July 1845 to Harriet Phipps (1828 – 1876). A good match, as she had an illustrious family history and came from a relatively good London stock. The couple had a big family, 13 children in total. By the 1860’s, and for almost two decades Frank Bean was employed as an excavator and builder. His hands and his hard-work alongside his many colleagues began the task of digging the tunnels. Baker Street is a London Underground station at the junction of Baker Street and the Marylebone Road in the City of Westminster. It is one of the original stations of the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first underground railway, opened on 10 January 1863 Frank also worked on the Harrow on the Hill extension in the late 1870’s and interestingly this is where Frank Bean’s family came from. In late life, and after twenty years of tiresome work helping to dig the metropolitan line, Frank Bean finally settled down in Chelsea, London. Although sadly in 1888 he spent his final days in Hendon Union Workhouse where he eventually passed away on the 27th October of that year from Brain Softening, Paralysis and exhaustion.
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