Friday, 14 February 2014

An Urban Wander around Kings Cross

Regular readers may remember my first Urban Wander around Kings Cross back in the summer when the weather was simply glorious. Today's urban wander could not have been more different. There were moments of blue sky and sunshine, and I was fortunate enough to be able to get some pictures, but the wind was blowing ferociously.

First up here's an old sign for 

Robert Porter & Co Ltd

Some suggestions on the web that this may have been a brewery at one time.

Old sign in Crinian Street, Kings Cross London
Old sign in Crinian Street, Kings Cross London

Of all the disused London Underground stations I've seen, this is probably one of my favourites. Unfortunately the howling wind meant that the frayed edge of my iPhone cover kept flapping across the lens, so please excuse the blurry black towards the top of the picture.

York Road disused London Underground station, Kings Cross
 York Road disused London Underground station, Kings Cross

As anyone who's been anywhere near Kings Cross recently will know, the whole area is undergoing a massive redevelopment. The next few pictures all show various aspects of this.

Redevelopment at Kings Cross, London looking south from Stable Street
 Redevelopment at Kings Cross, London looking south from Stable Street

This next picture shows some before and after. On the left we have the about to be renovated buildings, and on the right is the former grain store, now occupied by the College of Arts and Design.

Renovation in progress, Stable Street, Kings Cross, London
 Renovation in progress, Stable Street, Kings Cross, London

Massively disappointed by the over exposure on this picture. There's actually a ghost sign on the building which reads

COAL OFFICE

but alas this does not show very well at all in the picture.

Old Coal Office, Kings Cross, London
 Old Coal Office, Kings Cross, London

Leaving the main hub of the redevelopment, my wander took me along the canal towards Camden, which presented some good photo opportunities along the way.

Looking south towards the Kings Cross redevelopment
 Looking south towards the Kings Cross redevelopment

As my drift continued I came across one of my latest, mild obsessions, a gas tower.

Gas tower on the Regent's Canal
 Gas tower on the Regent's Canal

Continuing along the Regent's Canal is the St. Pancras basin, just before the canal flows under the main line out of St. Pancras station, carrying trains to the continent.

St. Pancras Basin, London
 St. Pancras Basin, London

Walking beneath the train line out of St. Pancras
 Walking beneath the train line out of St. Pancras

I featured this water tower more prominently on my previous wander around Kings Cross, from much closer up, but I though this view of it across the canal was worth sharing.

Old water tower, Kings Cross, London
 Old water tower, Kings Cross, London

    

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes, I know this area. I've been about there before.

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