Thursday, 24 February 2011

Gateway to Paris

or as some would say

 once earmarked

was  SAVED  by this man...

And in the shadowless, unclouded glare
Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where
A misty sea-line meets the wash of air.

The  words  above were taken from the poem

For those who have never seen this before ..
it is upstairs ...

along with this other statue

by British artist Paul Day

Quote taken from the internet ...

"It's like a giant signpost to direct the gaze up to the clock"

On reading the reviews - Some love it , some like it
and some think it is hideous!

Found this interesting link of the day the statue was placed.


  1. I love how easy it is to jump over to Paris from there. I've never noticed the statue of the couple before--must get there early enough next time to find it!

  2. We love John Betjeman in Cornwall! My John read and quoted Betjeman to me right from the early days of our relationship.

  3. Gorgeous, and I never knew that St. Pancras Station was slated for demolition! Thank you for this history lesson and gorgeous pictures!

    May spring reach your shores soon,

  4. That was a very interesting post. I didn't know that Pancras Station was down for demolition in the past, either. Isn't that a wonderful statute of Sir John Betjeman? Hope you're feeling a bit better again now, Anne. Spring is just around the corner, thank goodness!!

  5. Thanks for this Anne, as you say gateway to Paris. I have been to St Pancras station twice and I think I must walk around with my eyes closed, I have never seen the statues!!! Mind you that was before I was blogging so I was never so observant then :-)
    See you soon. Diane

  6. It was lovely to see you over at my Blog again today! Do hope that those stresses will go away. Not nice :(
    Yes, been very poorly for the past couple of weeks. I just haven't felt like switching my laptop on, let along worry about blogging, so I guess I must be feeling a bit brighter in myself today, though still very weak! Think we all need some sunshine!!

  7. I have never been to St Pancreas, sheltered life! Anyway I found this very interesting, have always liked John Betjemans poetry, love both the sculptures.

  8. I love the photo of the statue but did not know it's name so thank you for letting me know. Lovely post. x

  9. Great photos. Lover the Betjeman statue.

  10. Great statues and stories. I still don't know where St. Pancras is? London or the coast? I guess I need to get around more. I'd love to.

  11. That's nice that public space is decorated in such a manner - it becomes less anonimous for us

  12. I love places like this. It's so great when they manage to save them.

  13. I love the statue of the lovers. Wonderful stories and nice photos.

  14. Gorgeous pictures and the meeting place looks fantastic. What a nice meeting place your blog Anne!

  15. Fantastic photos Anne. I am so glad you shared them.

  16. Thank you for teaching me Anne. Thank goodness for people like Sir John Betjeman!! The words from the Cornish Cliffs poem are appropriate surrounding Sir Johns statue.


  17. Would love to be on my way to daughter will be visiting there between ending her school term in Carnsforth and heading to Sweden to do some Spring schooling.

    Thank you for your well wishes my sweet friend...they must of worked because today I am feeling so much better.

    Hugs. xoxoxo

  18. Great pics and good history, pity about The Euston Arch and Victoria Station in Nottingham.
    Will check out the statues next time I'm getting The Thameslink to Brighton :-)


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