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A trip to Londinium 5

Without the man on the left, the poet Sir John Betjeman, St Pancras would have been demolished. So he deserves a statue. 

A trip to Londinium 5

Without the man on the left, the poet Sir John Betjeman, St Pancras would have been demolished. So he deserves a statue. 

comments (19)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Jul 2018, 02:09
that is such a nice statue of the poet

i like that he is so ordinary, if you know what i mean

also, the enormity of the statues on the right image is amazing

i like the tribute to the poet better
Bill Phillips: The statue on the right is some 30ft tall and I am not overly keen on it
Yes he does! Nice statues - and nice triptych!
Bill Phillips: Very much so. Just look what we would have lost
Three nice pics Bill, I didn't think much the giant statue.
Bill Phillips: I can't say it did a lot for me either Frank
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Jul 2018, 06:40
A truly great achievement for this relatively modest human being..
Bill Phillips: Indeed so.
Well, then. Good for Sir John Betjeman (whose name sounds very Dutch to me!).
Bill Phillips: He was very much an Englishman Ginnie
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Jul 2018, 06:41
J'aime beaucoup la première statue.
Bill Phillips: It captures the man very well
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Jul 2018, 06:49
I have been waiting for dear John
Bill Phillips: I had to include him! That giant statue on the other hand is a bit daft
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jul 2018, 07:01
A beautiful triptych! I remember former photos on SC by Chris. "The statue is standing on a disc of Cumbrian slate inscribed with Betjeman's name and dates and the words "Who saved this glorious station". Round the rim, Jennings has chosen words from the poem Cornish Cliffs: "And in the shadowless unclouded glare / Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where / A misty sea-line meets the wash of air." The lines aptly describe the arching roof of St Pancras station. Surrounding the statue and base is a series of satellite discs of various sizes set into the floor and hand-inscribed by Jennings with quotations from Betjeman's poetry."
Bill Phillips: Thank you Philine and for adding those lines
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jul 2018, 07:26
I can't image the carbuncle that would have been built in this place without his efforts to save it. I recall a series of programmes about the rebuilding of the station; good viewing.
Bill Phillips: Some sort of brutalist monstrosity perhaps?
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 20 Jul 2018, 07:33
What a place to walk around. I do have my questions about the huge "out of place" statue.... wonder who came up with the idea. Great pics on yesterdays post too, Bill
Bill Phillips: This is a link Philine posted. Pleased you like my snaps Lady P
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jul 2018, 08:34
A lovely triptych. That statue on the right where the man is holding onto the girl's derriere for the rest of his existence, is special. I can understand that you Brits are upset with it. I mean, a display of affection in public ... Aunt Viccie will turn in her grave.
Bill Phillips: Good Grief!! I hadn't noticed that....pass the smelling salts
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Jul 2018, 08:38
The one on the right is positively ghastly. Not the snapshot. - the sculpture.
Bill Phillips: It does nothing for me Chad. Philine tells me it is intended to evoke the romance of travel.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jul 2018, 08:45
"At the south end of the upper level of the station, a 9 metre high, 20 tonne bronze statue named The Meeting Place designed by British artist Paul Day is intended to evoke the romance of travel."
Bill Phillips: If that is the intention then it fails miserably as far as I am concerned Philine grin
The statue of Sir John is wonderful, Bill. I especially like the bag he is holding. It reminds me of shopping bags for groceries but probably isn't.
Bill Phillips: I think it probably is a shopping bag Beverly
A fine tryptch Bill. I've seen pictures of the sculpture on the right but hadn't realised how big it is.
Bill Phillips: It is ridiculously large Brian
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 20 Jul 2018, 18:31
like them or not, a visit to this place would be incomplete without pictures of those statues, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Very true Ayush.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 20 Jul 2018, 21:33
Nicely organized, Bill
Bill Phillips: Thanks Beth
He does indeed! Even though he was rather unkind to Slough smile
Bill Phillips: If he saw Slough now he would feel totally vindicated
Love that first sculpture.
Bill Phillips: It is great isn't it

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