Tuesday, 8 April 2014

It was St Pancras Railway Station

Well done, Hilary, you got it right but you did admit that it was a bit of a guess. I am surprised. I truly expected all those of you living in the UK to know that the photo in my last post was the top of St Pancras Railway Station in London. Here is the complete, uncropped view that I had of the building as I walked along Euston Road towards the station to catch my train home to Leicester.

The Meeting Place, one of the statues in St Pancras Station
St Pancras Station has recently been renovated and is now beautiful, both inside and out. The front has been turned into a luxury hotel and the station is now called St Pancras International as it is the terminus for the Eurostar trains to France. The modernisation work combines the old with the new providing sculptures, art work, shops, cafes. There's even a Champagne Bar.

It's hard to believe that in 1966 they almost demolished the entire station. There were plans to amalgamate it with Kings Cross Station just across the way. Thankfully it was saved. This could have been due to public opinion following an earlier demolition disaster. In 1962 Euston Station was demolished. The 1960s saw a lot of demolition of old buildings. The nation seemed to show little interest in preserving them but Euston Station was different. It was of special architectural interest, with a magnificent Doric Arch as its entrance. A passionate 'Save the Arch' campaign was mounted but failed. The whole edifice was destroyed and all in the name of modernisation. It truly is heartbreaking but it may have been this campaign that prevented St Pancras from suffering the same fate.

Have any beautiful old buildings been replaced by uninspiring 'improvements' in your area?


  1. I don't remember that part of the station, but when I first arrived in London, in September 1959, St. Pancras station was where I first put my feet down on London soil, or I should say concrete.

    1. I seem to recall that St Pancras was rather drab and soot-covered in the late 1950s. You wouldn't recognise it now.

  2. Lovely full pic and neat story. Glad it's been saved. Visit Dallas and the whole place is "tear down old stuff and put up new glass buildings". Ugh. Glad you value your history and have pride to restore. I know it takes money, but gosh it's valuable to honor the past

  3. Hi Ros .. for now with the A-Z challenge around my ears .. my brain is not functioning in other directions - though I did recently see five exhibitons on Monuments ... small Quadriga Gallery in the Wellington Arch.

    I used to pass St Pancras for 3 months going up to St Pancras Hospital .. where my Ma was before we managed to get her down here .. so my train trips were pretty mind bending .. and St Pancras (new) was being rebuilt all through that period ...

    Cheers - things are much more protected now .. but not all .. cheers Hilary

  4. The centre of Swindon must once have been lovely ... surely ...

  5. It's so lovely and good they didn't tear it down.

  6. What a majestic building! So glad they left it standing, it would have been a awful sin to knock something so beautiful down!

  7. Some day, some day, some day I want to get to England and Scotland... So many lovely old buildings that have survived so much.

  8. So much history in these buildings-- they need to be preserved.

  9. What a beautiful station! Sounds like they built some interesting additions, while still maintaining the historical landscape.


  10. Lovely..I pass through its portals every time I visit London! The inside, wwith the arch is wonderful! Here, as you know, the council is busily selling off all our nice bits to their friendly developer to turn into ''luxury flats''.