August 13, 2010 /
St Pancras: old and (slightly) newer
I came across Old St Pancras Church as I walked home from a friends house a few weeks ago and thought it might be an interesting project. So a few days later I went back for a visit.
It’s believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England and is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras; I won’t bore you with a history lesson; wikipedia can provide you all the info here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Pancras_Old_Church Just enjoy the photos!
I then went a little further down the road and visited St Pancras International. I’ve been there many times before, but in the context of travelling rather than sight seeing. These states of mind are completely poles apart; it was great just to wander around the station, marvelling at the stunning Victorian architecture while dodging all the people rushing to catch their trains. It would have a been a tragedy if the station had been demolished in the 1960’s and it’s thanks to the campaign of John Betjeman to save the station, that we can all enjoy it after the multi million pound restoration project.
the man himself, still waiting for that train!
The series of bronze reliefs around the base of the (in)famous oversized kissing couple are really amazing. They are by British artist Paul Day.
I’m looking forward to the restoration of the hotel section of the station and if the prices aren’t too extortionate I might even stay a night!