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St. Pancras and Friends - a Journey through London's Stations Andrew Davies Wednesday 12 February 2020

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 castle and innovative engineering, stands proudly as a masterpiece.

 London’s stations have always been powerful and iconic structures, used every day by many more people than pass through our dull airports.  We will explore their history and architecture, from Charing Cross and Waterloo to Victoria and Liverpool Street. 

 We will also look at London’s underground stations, from Metroland and the inter-war Piccadilly stops to the gleaming Jubilee line masterpieces ( Foster’s Canary Wharf, Canada Water).  Also featured is the colourful array of posters encouraging travellers onto the railway network.  

Andrew Davies is an Extra-Mural Tutor for London, Essex and The Open University.  Author of 9 books, including The East End Nobody Knows.  Frequent contributor to radio and television;  has lectured all over the world; organises walks to complement his lectures.