Once Upon A Time – Farringdon Station

Once Upon A Time draws on the rich and sometimes dark historical tales of Clerkenwell, from wife sales to prison bombings. Working in collaboration with UAL Chelsea College of Arts, BA Graphic Design Communication students were tasked with presenting a series of graphical vinyl designs to bring the stories to life during CDW’s 10th edition.

More than 50 design ideas were presented and seven winning entries were selected by a judging panel including; Max Fraser, CDW Content Editor, Priya Khanchandani, ICON Editor and David Barnett, Chelsea College of Art Course Leader, BA Graphic Design Communication.

Below we highlight the entries received for one of our locations, Farringdon Station and highlight the history of the area.

You can see all winning entries here.

Location One – Farringdon Station 

Farringdon Station opened on the 10th of January 1863, as the terminus of the world’s first underground railway, which ran from Paddington to Farringdon via Baker Street and King’s Cross.

People would have travelled here by tube to see Britain’s last public hanging (Michael Barratt) in 1868. The station initially named Farringdon Street, was originally a short distance from the present station building.

Originally called the Metropolitan Railway it gave the name “metro” to subsequent underground railways throughout the world.

Before it opened it was nick named “the sewer train” by the press. The Fleet sewer, which runs alongside the line in the Farringdon area, had to be culverted (put into a pipe) in order to construct the railway and it burst spectacularly onto the line on at least two occasions during construction.


Anya Mandal


George Power


Priscila Casanova


Hongxu Zhang 


Debra Otukoya


Viviana Cheng


Robyn Levy


Jurga Ramonaite


Lothar Daniel Wiessmann


Winning Entry: Alba Skottowe