Exuberant gothic …or Adventures in the undercroft

First issued in Directions 47

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The train shed was designed by Victorian engineer William Barlow and when St Pancras was originally completed in 1868 the station had the largest single-span roof in the world, 100 feet high at its apex. As a result of Betjeman’s campaigning, St Pancras was designated a Grade 1 listed building in 1967 and over forty years’ later his influence still resonates. Betjeman wrote:

… the great arc of Barlow’s train shed gaping to devour incoming engines, and the sudden burst of exuberant Gothic of the hotel…

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