TQ3082 : Blue Plaque, King's Cross Station

taken 4 years ago, near to Finsbury, Islington, Great Britain

Blue Plaque, King's Cross Station
Blue Plaque, King's Cross Station
This plaque has recently been installed on the pillar at the west side of the frontage of King's Cross Station.
"King's Cross Station. Lewis Cubitt (1799-1883) Architect. The station was opened in 1852 as the London terminus of the Great Northern Railway and was restored between 2008 and 2013 by Network Rail with support from the Railway Heritage Trust. The station is Listed Grade 1 and stands in the King's Cross & St Pancras Conservation Area."
Apologies for the rather fuzzy picture, it was a dull and rainy Friday afternoon in October, and the plaque is overshadowed by the canopy.
Blue Plaques
A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.

The world's first blue plaques were erected in London, England in the nineteenth century to mark the homes and workplaces of famous people.
The original blue plaque scheme started in the 1860s, is now run by English Heritage in London. It is believed to be the oldest such scheme in the world.
There are currently about 850 plaques in London.
Kings Cross frontage, now revealed
I have been arriving at Kings Cross from Yorkshire since the mid 1970's. Thursday 10 Oct 2013 was the first time I have been able to view the whole of the original frontage of the station. For so many years this open space in front was covered by a dreary entrance hall built in 1972. Over the past 3 years the station has been transformed, first by building the new bright and spacious entrance concourse on the west side of the building, and then by demolishing the buildings at the front. This square was opened 2 weeks previously, at the end of September 2013, revealing the frontage of the station as designed by Lewis Cubitt. I'd just arrived on Thursday at 9am on a bright cold morning, and was pleased to spend a few minutes looking at the new view.
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Date Taken
Friday, 11 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 13 October, 2013
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City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 302 829 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8485N 0:7.4363W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 302 829
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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