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Kings Cross Station

A Grade I Listed Building in Camden, London

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Latitude: 51.5321 / 51°31'55"N

Longitude: -0.1233 / 0°7'23"W

OS Eastings: 530269

OS Northings: 183130

OS Grid: TQ302831

Mapcode National: GBR J4.GZ

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.TR5D

Entry Name: Kings Cross Station

Listing Date: 10 June 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078328

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477247

Location: Camden, London, N1C

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: St Pancras and Somers Town

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Pancras Old Church

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/85/420 (North side)
10/06/54 King's Cross Station


Railway terminus. 1850-52. By Lewis Cubitt (architect), and
Sir William and Joseph Cubitt (engineers). Yellow stock brick.
2 train sheds (originally 1 for arrivals, the other for
departure) closed by monumental plain brick screen of 2 glazed
semicircular openings, framed with recessed arches (echoing
the train sheds behind) with central and flanking towers;
ground storey obscured by late C20 additions. Central tower
with rectangular clock turret with pyramidical roof, eaves
cornice and weather vane. To the west, 3 storey 3 window
office block with booking hall and service rooms at rear; 1st
floor with thin, debased Venetian windows, cornice at 2nd
floor level, 2nd floor segmental-arched sashes (flanking bays
tripartite), cornice. On east side, an extension with archway
to the cab drive (now bricked up); rusticated surround to arch
and quoins; cornice above which 3 tripartite sashes and
INTERIOR: train sheds separated by round-arched brick
colonnade. Originally, train shed roofs of laminated wood,
inspired by the Crystal Palace, but these rapidly deteriorated
and were replaced by the present iron-ribbed roofs to the
eastern shed 1869-70, to the western 1886-7. (Laminated wood
trusses successfully used at 26 Pancras Road (qv).
HISTORICAL NOTE: when opened as the terminus of the Great
Northern Railway, was the largest station in England and is
the earliest great London terminus still intact.
The contrast of its functional simplicity with St Pancras
Station next door (qv) is powerful.
(Hunter M and Thorne R: Change at King's Cross: London: -1990:

Listing NGR: TQ3026983130

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