Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain

Greater London

Euston Road (N1)  
(Station London St. Pancras International)

Sir John Betjeman

London 1906 - Trebetherick, Cornwall 1984
English poet, writer and broadcaster; helped to save St Pancras station from demolition in the 1960s
Martin Jennings

London /  Sir John Betjeman   London /  Sir John Betjeman


Bronze statue of Betjeman walking into the new station for the first time. He is looking up at the great arc of the train shed - which he always did because it took his breath away. He is leaning back and holding onto his hat, his coat tails billowing out behind him, caught by the wind from a passing train. He is carrying a Billingsgate fish basket containing books


The statue is standing on a disc of Cumbrian slate inscribed with Betjeman's name and dates and words from the poem Cornish Cliffs:

(Inner circle:)
Who saved this glorious station

(Outer circle):
And the shadowless unclouded glare
Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where
A misty sea-line meets the wash of air

Surrounding the statue and base is a series of satellite discs of various sizes set into the floor with quotations from Betjeman's poetry.


sculptor martin jennings 2007


Unveiled 12 November 2007 by Lycett Green, Betjeman's daughter, and the poet laureate, Andrew Motion.

London - Sir John Betjeman


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Location (N 51°31'49" - W 0°7'32")

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