TQ2982 : Caryatids at St Pancras

taken 17 years ago, near to Camden Town, Camden, England

Caryatids at St Pancras
Caryatids at St Pancras
St Pancras New Church was built c.1820 in Classic Greek Temple style with a row of 4 maidens supporting the projecting alcoves, as at the Acropolis in Athens. The statues, made of Mrs Coade’s famous 'artificial stone' - actually a type of ceramic - were brought to the church all ready to be put into place but (so the story goes) Charles Rossi, who made them, found that the measurements were wrong and he could not get them to fit. With a large crowd bemused at his misfortune Rossi needed to act quickly to regain his self respect, so he performed an operation and 12 inches were lopped from each of their midriffs. They still look very impressive, if grimy from the traffic that flows constantly before them along Euston Road.

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Category: Church
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TQ2982, 2035 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Natasha Ceridwen de Chroustchoff   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 12 May, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 20 May, 2007
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 298 826 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.6459N 0:7.7949W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 298 826
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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