I’ve passed through one of my favourite London buildings – St. Pancras International Train Station.
It’s a stunningly ornate Victorian Gothic-style building. And as you walk through the red-brick archways and under the huge, arched glass roof, it’s hard to believe that 50 years ago it was on the verge of being torn down.
Now home to the international Eurostar services as well as trains to the north of England, it’s been beautifully restored and is worth a visit, whether you’re catching a train or not.
The station was originally built in the 1860s by the Midland Railway to connect London with the Midlands. St Pancras was a pretty slummy area at the time but the railway company went all out to impress by commissioning a grand, lavish station and hotel.
The train shed, designed by William Henry Barlow, was build on wrought-iron pillars topped with a 207 metre long and 70 metre wide glass arched ceiling – making it the largest enclosed space in the world at the time.
At the front was the Midland Hotel, designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott. He won a competition to design the hotel with his ornate Gothic red-brick design, impressing the railway company into blowing their budget on it.
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