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Historic St Pancras Church wins prestigious Betjeman award

Traffic dirt cleaned from stonework

17 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

The distinctive columns at St Pancras Church

BUILT long before Euston Road became a traffic-choked thoroughfare, St Pancras Church with its beautiful Greek Revival columns has long suffered from the noxious effects of car exhausts.

But last month the church, opened for parishioners in 1822, won the prestigious Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Sir John Betjeman Award for careful repairs to its facade. The award honours the memory of the church enthusiast and Poet Laureate, who grew up in Parliament Hill Fields, and celebrates repairs to historic places of worship in England and Wales.

The church was designed by father and son team William and Henry Inwood and boasts a portico that has Greek-style figures carved into columns. Scarred by fumes for decades, the work has included a careful cleaning of stonework and repairs to the roof.

Revd Anne Stevens said: “St Pancras Church has been one of the treasures of central London but the Inwoods had no idea that Euston Road would become one of the most heavily polluted in the country. This has caused, and still causes, severe damage to the decorative features. We were determined that the repairs to the roof, stone work and terracotta should preserve the original grace and beauty of the church. In an area blighted by poor development, the classical elegance of the building continues to lift the heart.”

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