Bronze statue of John Betjeman

John Betjeman at St Pancras International

Where: St Pancras International – Eurostar platform

What: Bronze sculpture of poet laureate John Betjeman with lettering at the base, by Martin Jennings. Two further slate plaques inset into the station platforms containing quotes from his poetry. John Betjeman was a rail enthusiast as well as a campaigner for the preservation of architecture, and had been instrumental in preserving the site of St Pancras station in the 1960s when it was under threat.

Text:

1_And in the shadowless unclouded glare, Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where, A misty sealine meets the wash of air. / John Betjeman, 1906 – 1984, poet, who saved this glorious station.

2_Imprisoned in a cage of sound, even the trivial seems profound.

3_Here where the cliffs alone prevail, I stand exultant, neutral, free. And from the cushion of the veil, behold a huge consoling sea.

Material: Slate

Artist:  Martin Jennings

Date: 2007

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Artist's signature on base of sculpture
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