The North London (station at Broad-street, City), which runs right round the north-east and northern parts of the town with stations at Hampstead-road (Chalk Farm) (where it unites with the London and North-Western), Camden-road, Barnsbury, Islington, Canonbury, Dalston, Hackney, Victoria-park, Bow and Stepney. At Stepney it joins The London and Blackwall, whence the visitor can either go west to the City (Fenchurch-street-station), or east, to Limehouse, Poplar, East and West India Docks, or Blackwall. Passengers between Hampstead or Camden-roads, Caledonian-road, Islington, or Dalston, and Hackney, Victoria-park, Bow, or Stepney, change carriages at Dalston. The North London line from Broad-street is now so united to the metropolitan network of railways that passengers can book thence to Kew, Richmond,, and Putney, as well as to stations in the north, north-west, and eastern divisions.
Routledge's Popular Guide to London, [c.1873]