|KX 2009 – this is all one image, not a montage!|
Wandering around Kings Cross a few months ago I had a brainwave.
I had just finished leading my ghostsigns tour
there and I was thinking how the junction of Euston, Pentonville and Grays Inn Roads has evolved over the past 20 years, especially in front of KX station since the removal of extraneous buildings and the 1970s canopy over the forecourt. Though it's worth pointing out that by then end of the 19th century the forecourt was already littered with a patchwork of various structures; a mix of entrances and exits, offices, kiosks and shops etc.
Viewing the station today from the corner of Argyle Street it looks just as messy if not worse – The Great Northern Northern Hotel is now partially obliterated by huge circular vents for the Underground, though there is lots of open space and seating on the eastern/YorkWay side around Henry Moore's sculpture.
Pondering all this as I wandered up towards the canal I recalled one of my favourite films The Ladykillers
(the 1955 Alec Guinness original
, not that silly 2004 remake), and... "PING!"
I had the lightbulb moment... I should devise a guided walking tour linking the locations used in The Ladykillers
whilst highlighting how the area has changed.
It's all set up and ready to go.
Do join me. First tour 13th June at 2.30pm
. More dates throughout the summer – please see my walks listings here