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St Pancras and Friends: a journey through London's stations Andrew Davies Wednesday 04 September 2019

In 1963, Euston Station with its famous Arch was wantonly destroyed. St Pancras, just along the road, was to have been the next casualty, but a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman secured a reprieve. Today the newly refurbished St Pancras, an invigorating mix of Gothic fantasy and innovative engineering stands proudly as a masterpiece. London’s stations have always been powerful and iconic structures, used everyday by many more people than pass through our dull airports. This lecture will explore their history and architecture, from Charing Cross and Waterloo to Victoria and Liverpool Street. It will also look at London’s underground stations from Metroland to the gleaming Jubilee line masterpieces.

Andrew Davies is an Extra Mural Tutor for London, Essex and the Open University. He is the author of 9 books including The East End Nobody Knows. He is a frequent contributor to both radio and television programmes.