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Prior to Charing Cross' construction, the site housed a village called Charing, which seperated the City of London from Westminster. In 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt led a rebellion against Queen Mary, who had announced her decision to marry Philip II of Spain; Wyatt's men clashed with Mary's troops in Charing village, with Wyatt eventually surrendering.
One of the many train stations that sprang up in the center of the city, Charing Cross was designed by Sir John Hacksaw and built in 1864 by the South Eastern Railway. The station's construction lasted four years, despite the building's proximity to the London Bridge.