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  • History of St Pancras International station

  • St Pancras International station is run by Network Rail. For more information about its history and for up to date information about current work and future plans for the station please visit the St Pancras website.

    Chronology

    • St Pancras’ history goes back to 1863 when William Barlow first designed the station; building started in 1866
    • The red brick Grade 1 listed Gothic front facade was created as part of a competition in 1865 and was incorporated in Sir Gilbert Scott’s Midland Great Hotel completed in 1876
    • During both world wars St Pancras station was a meeting place for troops, a departure point for soldiers off to war, and to help transport children to the countryside
    • The Midland Grand Hotel was closed during the 2nd world war and was used as railway offices
    • Plans to amalgamate King's Cross and St Pancras in 1966 were thwarted when Sir John Betjeman supported plans to protect the station, resulting in a Grade 1 listing for both the station and hotel
    • In 1935 the Midland Grand Hotel was closed; the building was taken over by British Rail and renamed St Pancras Chambers and in the early nineties, emergency work was carried out on roof leakages and general decay
    • St Pancras station and St Pancras Chambers are popular locations for film and television productions, appearing in Harry Potter, Batman Begins and the Spice Girls' first music video
    • The St Pancras Chambers has been restored and is now a 5 star Marriot hotel with luxury private apartments on the upper levels

    Station design

    • The Barlow train shed arch spans 240 feet and is over 100 feet high at its apex; on its completion in 1868 it became the largest enclosed space in the world
    • St Pancras remains one of the great Victorian buildings in London, with impressive Victorian Gothic architecture
    • The Meeting Place is a 9m high bronze of a couple locked in an embrace by sculptor Paul Day; the couple stand underneath the famous St Pancras clock at the apex of the Barlow shed
    • Sir John Betjeman was responsible for saving both the St Pancras chambers and the station from demolition in the 1960s
    • In tribute to the famous poet and railway lover an 8 1/2ft sculpture by Martin Jennings has been designed to stand at platform level to celebrate the man and his poetry - the sculpture features the poet looking up in awe at the splendour of the Barlow shed whilst catching hold of his hat
    • The famous St Pancras clock has been reconstructed by the original makers Dent, and now hangs high at the apex of the Barlow arch once more