St Pancras station built by the Midland Railway Company in 1864 and completed four years later. The front was constructed as the Midland Grand hotel to bring more revenue to the railway company.
It is also still the terminus for Midland mainline trains and below ground is the Thameslink line that links the north of London to the south. Also deep below ground are the six underground lines that serve this and next door Kings Cross stations.
The lower level once served as storage space that was rented from the railway company but is now a mini shopping centre. The iron girder arch designed by William Barlow spans the platforms and is 698 feet long, 240 feet wide and a 100 feet high. It was at the time the largest enclosed space in the world. In the 1960`s under the ownership of our nationalised rail company `British Railways` (remember them) it was planned to demolish it. Sir John Betjeman fought tooth and nail -where does that saying come from?- to save it and it was eventually made a Grade I listed building and a fine Victorian Gothic building survives.
|Sir John Betjeman|
|`The meeting place` by Paul Day|
Below a few of the scenes around the base of the Paul Day Meeting Place sculpture.
Re- furbished hotel link