Waterpoint near St. Pancras Station
[i.e., watertank for steam locomotives in American parlance]
According to the English Heritage site that announced its restoration, "The gothic-style waterpoint, designed to complement Sir George Gilbert Scott's St Pancras Station and the adjoining Midland Grand Hotel (now St Pancras Chambers), is the only survivor of seven structures located behind the station to supply water for steam locomotives. The upper section contains a cast iron tank the weight of which, when full of water, would be in excess of 80 tons. . . . The ornate red brick waterpoint formed an integral part of St Pancras Station and its adjoining buildings, but it is also a structure of significant architectural and historic interest in its own right. It is believed to be England 's only example of an original steam locomotive watering point designed as a whole building, rather than as a tank on columns or a plinth. . . ." [continued below]
Photograph 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee.
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