John Betjeman @ St Pancras Station

07 Mar


Betjeman had a special fondness for Victorian architecture and was a great Victorian Society activist. He is considered instrumental in helping to save the famous facade of St. Pancras rail station in London and was commemorated when it reopened in 2007. He was said to have called the plan to demolish St. Pancras a “criminal folly.” About the station itself he wrote:

“What [the Londoner] sees in his mind’s eye is that cluster of towers and pinnacles seen from Pentonville Hill and outlined against a foggy sunset, and the great arc of Barlow’s train shed gaping to devour incoming engines, and the sudden burst of exuberant Gothic of the hotel seen from gloomy Judd Street.”

The newly reopened (Nov. 2007) St. Pancras now features a statue of Betjeman in the station on train level.


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Posted by on March 7, 2008 in photoblog


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One response to “John Betjeman @ St Pancras Station

  1. Stonch

    April 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I was lucky enough to attend the launch party of the Betjeman Arms on Thursday. A good bash. Click here to read my review of the pub.



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