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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

St Pancras Old Church


Today I went past St Pancras Old Church. The graveyard has been shaved a little to accommodate the Eurostar Terminal. It's not the first time. When the Midland Railway was being built here in the 1870s young Thomas Hardy was the architect with the job of relocating graves. It's reckoned to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in Europe. It was also one of the venues on the Beatles Mad Day Out photo session, as seen in the gatefold of the red and blue albums.

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  1. By a complete stroke of luck I met Tom Murray last year, who also shot a few frames on the MDO. He'd had a call from Don McCullin to assist on a 'band shoot' but hadn't been told which band so only a took a few rolls of film - you can see a selection here.

    King's Road is a great place to spend an afternoon ticking off heavy-hitting pop culture sites from The Beatles and Stones to Monty Python to John Osborne and Disraeli Gears. I made a cut out and keep guide earlier this year

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  2. Hi I wonder if you came across any tailors from St. Pancras in the 40's. We are doing research on a family member who was a respected tailor and made clothing for notable people he came from Sweden name Hans Edger Thomas Ahlfors he married and lived on Denman Street his wife worked at the nearby Old Coffee House Soho. I don't think he owned a Tailors shop more likely worked for a local business on St. Pancras.
    I know it's a shot in the dark but you never know shop names could help tie some links.
    Thanks in advance if you can help.
    Mandy

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  3. I'm afraid I can't help. Lots of old St Pancras has disappeared with the re-development of that area around the station. I'm assuming you're enquiring from overseas. Next time you visit London you should try the British Library, through which you can access all the old newspapers and magazines (I'm thinking of old tailoring magazines like Drapers Record). This has the additional advantage of being in St Pancras. You can find out more here - http://www.bl.uk.

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