Catching St Pancras and King's Cross

Published by Troubadour Publishing Ltd, Autumn 2007
RAILWAY LANDS Catching St Pancras and King's Cross

Railway Lands provides a visual timetable of change from the ancient church site of St Pancras through the unique Victorian complex of canal, rail and horse drawn transport, to the restoration of Barlow’s world famous station shed and the castellated grandeur of St Pancras Chambers. They set the scene for the opening of St Pancras International station in November 2007, and for the King’s Cross Central Development, the largest of its kind in Western Europe.

Through photographs, Angela Inglis captures the art and endeavour, in brick and metal, with which yesterday’s engineers responded to the challenge of the industrial revolution, and records how today’s developers collude or collide with this heritage.

To make room for the Midland Railway in 1866 graves were shifted from the Old St Pancras Church graveyard and bodies reburied in consecrated ground under the supervision of Thomas Hardy, then a surveyor, later the novelist. For the same railway construction 4,000 homes were demolished and 10,000 people made homeless.

Housing is still a pressing problem. Residents recently sought a judicial review, hoping to preserve the accommodation and Victorian heritage of the Culross and Stanley Buildings. Unfortunately they lost and the buildings are to be demolished.

About the Author: Angela Inglis has been a resident of Kings Cross and St Pancras since 1986. While Head of English at a local comprehensive school she studied photography under the guidance of Pat Clough. Her love and involvement with the area of King’s Cross and St Pancras coincided with her passion for photography. When it became evident that the local landscape was to undergo a massive change, Angela set about developing an impressive archive of photographic images recording the local landscape. Interest in her work has resulted in numerous photographic exhibitions.

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The book is currently on sale at the following bookshops*:
~ British Library Shop, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
~ Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
~ Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AG
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