London – St Pancras Station – Betjeman

To get to St Pancras Old Church in our previous posts, you walk right past St Pancras Station. Now the terminus for the Eurostar trains, the station’s very modern interior is in sharp contrast to its flamboyant Victorian Gothic façade.

The front of the station was formerly the Grand Midland Hotel, designed by George Gilbert Scott. The former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, is credited with saving this building from demolition in the 1960s. He was a great admirer of Victorian architecture and railway architecture in particular.

Re-opened in 2007, the new St Pancras Station has a statue of John Betjeman by British sculptor Martin Jennings.

John Betjeman St Pancras Station

 

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