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Saint Pancras Station, Sir John Betjeman

Saint Pancras Station, Sir John Betjeman
This is the delightful bronze statue of the late John Betjeman, sculpted by Martin Jennings, which stands at the end of the Eurostar platforms at Saint Pancras. - it's just under three meters tall, and captures brilliantly the slightly eccentric qualities of the man.

Betjeman, a lifelong railway enthusiast, was Poet Laureate at the time of the suggested demolition of the station in the 1960's, and was a vociferous leader of the public campaign to save the building, - although I suspect that the objections of Sir Niklaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, carried more weight at the time!

This pic also gives a better idea of the scale of the building, for example, look at the people near the exit on the ground floor, compared to the distance between the inner and outer ribs of the supporting girders (which is 1.8m, or 6ft), - and also the almost cathedral-like masonry, with it's faux Early English windows and Italianate details.

Canon Digital Ixus 960is, 7.7-28.5mm Canon zoom lens. Photo-finished in Gimp

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7 comments - The latest ones
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
Very nicely captured, so nice to see!
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Robert, thanks for your kind words!
3 years ago.
Thank you for sharing in Historical & Architectural Gems.
Have a great weekend ;-)
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
June, thanks for the encouragement, and good wishes!
3 years ago.
Very English ?? nice capture !
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to RobbeK
Thanks, Rob!
English? Yes, it's quite a nice place for visitors from Europe to arrive at, and it does date from that period in the nineteenth century when Britain was at the height of it's imperial self confidence, and right at the forefront of technical achievement. Some would probably argue that it's all been downhill ever since !! ;-))

As for Betjeman, despite his name, I always think of him as the quintessential English eccentric, - as well as being a poet and railway enthusiast, he was also, in his own words, "an amateur of churches" (you mentioned this context recently!), meaning, in his case, that he was extremely knowledgeable !!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
RobbeK has replied to Mikeinlagardette
A certain degree of eccentricity and flegma is much more entertaining than what is created by the sterility of the flock ! (imho)
best , Rob
3 years ago.