Brunswick Life

St Pancras Talks

Stuart Tappin has sent a note about an interesting series of talks taking place during the year at St Pancras old church – which is well worth visiting, if you haven’t been there. Although little is left of the original building, you can sense the history of the site, which is believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The graveyard also has an interesting history: the novelist Thomas Hardy worked on the exhumation of graves when Victorian railway works cut through the site – a forerunner of the Channel rail link – and the remaining graves include the impressive family mausoleum of Sir John Soane, which inspired the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s design for the famous red telephone box.

The talks start on Saturday May 11, the eve of St Pancras Day, and are in aid of  an appeal to raise funds for the fabric of the church, as ancient drains are threatening this picturesque Grade II* listed building. All money raised will go towards building new drains and securing the cracks in the stone walls. Entry to the talks costs £10, and they are given by leading historians and authors including Roger Bowdler on the tombs, Gillian Darley on John Soane and St Pancras, and Simon Bradley on St Pancras Station.

For more information see this leaflet St Pancras lecture series 2013 or email: st.p.appeal@gmail.com.

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