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St Pancras Station: ‘Cathedral of the Railways’

Learn everything you need to know about the history and architecture of St Pancras Station by watching this 25 minute film, directed by Richard Copans, France, pour La Sept Arte, Le Musée D’Orsay et Les Films d’Ici, France, as part of the ACB ‘Architectures’ series.

Learn everything you need to know about the history and architecture of St Pancras Station by watching this 25 minute film, directed by Richard Copans, France, pour La Sept Arte, Le Musée D’Orsay et Les Films d’Ici, France, as part of the ACB ‘Architectures’ series.

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This glorious Gothic building features some of the most impressive architectural and engineering marvels constructed in the UK, which epitomise the Victorian Gothic civil architecture. The Midland Grand Hotel, designed by George Gilbert Scott, is a masterpiece of Neo-Gothic architecture, which opened in 1873. Behind the hotel, the train shed, the largest single-span structure built at that time, designed by William Henry Barlow, was opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway.

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St Pancras Station stands between the British Library, King’s Cross Station and the Regent’s Canal. This Grade I listed building escaped planned demolition in the 1960’s and has been recently refurbished to accommodate the arrival of Eurostar’s high-speed trains to Paris, Brussels and Lille. The former Midland Grand Hotel has gone through years of devoted restoration. Now the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is considered London’s most romantic building, once considered ‘too beautiful and too romantic to survive’, as Sir John Betjeman once said about this Gothic treasure.