Streets of St Pancras: Somers Town & The Railway Lands

Streets of St Pancras: Somers Town & The Railway Lands


We traverse the historic heartland of the original parish of St Pancras in seven walks through the area north of Euston Road, which includes Somers Town, Bedford New Town and the extensive former railway lands, to the Camden borough border along York Way. The area was sparsely populated until the later 18th century and a popular rural retreat, but London’s advance brought brickfields and dust heaps. [More...]

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The transport revolution added three major termini, including St Pancras station, since the book was written transformed by Eurostar. The recent development of King’s Cross makes this book a historical document in its own right.

Somers Town was from the start cosmopolitan, attracting French, Spanish and Irish immigrants and with a sizeable Catholic population. The feminist Mary Wollstonecraft lived here and Dickens’ mistress Nellie Ternan lived in Bedford New Town. The poet Shelley stayed for a while in Pancras Road close to the workshop of Sir Henry Bessemer who undertook his steel experiments there.