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Betjeman at St Pancras | by RichardBeech
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Betjeman at St Pancras

The back of the statue of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras railway station, following his gaze upwards to the renovated trainshed roof.

 

Designed by British sculptor Martin Jennings, the statue commemorates the poet's successful campaign to save the station from demolition in the 1960s. Betjeman had a fondness for Victorian architecture and called the plan to demolish St Pancras a "criminal folly". He described the trainshed, originally completed in 1868 by the engineer William Henry Barlow, as "the great arc ... gaping to devour incoming engines". At the time, the trainshed roof was the largest single-span structure built and earned St Pancras the title of one of the most spectacular stations in the world, often referred to as 'the cathedral of the railways.'

 

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Taken on March 3, 2012