Liverpool Street Station (12)

I have been sent an image of the linocut done by Edward Bawden in 1962 of Liverpool Street Station:-

It was in the dying days of steam trains, but shows the cathedral-like magnificence of the railway sheds, which can still be seen if you go beyond the unattractive 1960s shopping mall which blocks the view. It remains one of the better preserved great railway stations of London. The plan to plonk a monster tower block on top of it and another next door will block out all the daylight and destroy the whole sense of scale of the building. Betjeman campaigned in the 1970s to stop Liverpool Street Station being replaced by the ‘slabs and cubes of high finance’. Poor Betjeman must be turning in his grave.


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