22 December 2013: An urban ramble from the Angel to Euston

On Sunday 22nd December six of us met at Angel tube station for an interesting urban ramble, first through Chapel Market then along the canal to Kings Cross passing some interesting community gardens and many narrow boats.

We came up from the canal into newly designed Handyside Gardens one of a series of flower gardens that will be created along the edge of the Regents Canal. We passed the skip garden and cafe and carried on to Granary Square with its 1080 fountains which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

By Betjeman's statue at St Pancras

By Betjeman’s statue at St Pancras

Next was a walk round Camley Street Natural Park followed by a visit to St Pancras Old Church believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in the UK. Then into St Pancras Station to look at the bronze statue of John Betjeman commentating the poets successful campaign to save the station from demolition in the 1960’s and the the huge one called the Meeting Place beneath the station clock.

Exploited Mutton

Exploited Mutton

We walked on past the British Library stopping to say hello to some sheep sculptures and behind the Shaw Theatre where we unexpectedly came across a van containing two small ponies waiting to pull Cinderella’s coach!

Small-time actors

Small-time actors

Three other Red Rope members joined us at Chutneys in Drummond Street for a tasty Buffet lunch after which four of us went for afternoon tea/coffee at the very smart St Pancras Hotel.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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