The blog of the Euston Arch Trust campaigning for the rebuilding of the Euston Arch destroyed when Euston station was redeveloped in the 1960s. A proposed redevelopment of Euston offers the chance to rebuild the arch. A rebuilt Euston Arch would be an outstanding gateway to a new Euston Station.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
We now have 30 stones from the Euston Arch, thanks to the help of British Waterways. Whilst upgrading waterways serving the Olympic Park, British Waterways carefully lifted the stones, which are now in the care of the Trust. Dan Cruickshank attended the salvage operation and was excited to see another segment from one of the huge columns, similar to the first stone that was rescued in the '90s. The stones are remarkably well preserved, with tooling marks left by masons in the 1830s still clearly visible. We are working with British Waterways on a feasibility plan to find the best way of raising the remaining stones.
We have launched our most detailed plans to date, showing how the Euston Arch can be made fit for 21st-century use. Drawn up in collaboration with engineer Alan Baxter, the plans incorporate a room in the attic and a large basement beneath the Arch, which could be let to help pay for construction. Possible uses for the rooms include a banqueting room and nightclub respectively. There is even space for stairs and two lifts, allowing full disabled access to the Arch. Detailed drawings can be downloaded from our website: www.http://www.eustonarch.org/future.html
Network Rail appointed British Land as developers for the station in 2007 but have yet to produce any plans. In the meantime, Sydney & London Properties, a key stakeholder in the Euston area, has produced a Euston Arch Discussion Document in conjunction with its own scheme to redevelop the station and neighbouring offices. The Document, which can be downloaded at www.eustonvision.com , includes proposals to rebuild the Arch in the same position favoured by the Euston Arch Trust, between the lodges on Euston Road.
Recent press coverage has shown that support for the rebuilding of the Euston Arch is growing. 'We look forward to the return of a notable London landmark', remarked the Evening Standard, as a leader in the Daily Telegraph warned, 'this project must not be delayed until the rest of the station is redeveloped' - we quite agree! Our Patron, Michael Palin, was interviewed for BBC London radio about the Arch - a short excerpt can be heard here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8271887.stm
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Camden News Journal:
No stones unturned: Euston Arch raised
FOR nearly 40 years they have lain forgotten beneath the murky waters of the River Lea. But this week stones that were once part of the historic Euston Arch were recovered from their watery resting place.
Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, who has been campaigning to see the Arch reinstated at the entrance of a new Euston station, watched as the stones being lifted from the silt by a digger this week. He was joined by retired engineer Bob Cotton, who had been the foreman when the original arch was demolished and the stones used to plug a hole in the riverbed for the recently dredged channel.
Mr Cruickshank said: “The Euston Arch Trust has been campaigning for 15 years to re-build the Euston Arch at Euston station. The arch, completed in 1838, was the first great building of the railway age, the largest Grecian Doric gateway ever made and a building of great beauty. It’s destruction was an act of barbarism, but the careful raising of a number of its stones – a magnificent gesture on the part of British Waterways – moves the rebuilding campaign forward significantly.”
East London Advertiser:
Euston Arch mystery uncovered—Dan Cruickshank on the case
21 May 2009
PARTS of the famous Euston Arch which has been ‘lost’ for nearly half-a-century have been uncovered during dredging operations for work on London’s 2012 Olympics.
Stone blocks from the Grecian-style arch that stood at the entrance to Euston Station for 123 years were found in the River Lea in East London where the riverbed is being deepened to take heavy barges for the construction work.
The discoveries have boosted a 15-year campaign led by TV architectural historian Dan Cruickshank to get the arch restored.
He visited the dredging site at Bromley-by-Bow this week (pictured) to watch the ‘treasures’ emerging.
“It was the first great building of the Railway Age and was the largest Grecian Doric gateway ever made,” he said. “Its destruction was an act of barbarism.”
But he added: “Raising the stones means a great cultural wrong committed in the 1960s can yet be put right.”
The stones were lifted from the riverbed on Monday and handed over to Cruickshank’s Euston Arch Trust which wants to reconstruct the famous landmark, first built in 1838, and restore it to its original position.
The arch was demolished in 1961 and dumped in a tributary of the Lea when Euston was being redeveloped. British Waterways came across the stones during work on a new lock.
Not all the arch has been recovered. Where the rest of the stones are remains a mystery that Cruickshank is now trying to puzzle out.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
'Euston Arch' stones to be saved
Stones believed to be part of a giant arch that used to stand at Euston railway station are being retrieved from an east London waterway.
The 70ft Grecian arch stood at the front of the station for 123 years until its destruction in 1962.
The stones are being lifted from the Prescott Channel, where they were used to fill a hole in the riverbed.
Campaigners want to reconstruct the arch using as much of the original stone as possible.
The arch was demolished by the British Transport Commission when the station was redeveloped in the 1960s.
'Act of barbarism'
British Waterways will lift the stones from the channel, near Bromley-by-Bow, on Monday to enable barges to use the lock to transport materials in and out of the Olympic Park for the 2012 Games.
Historian Dan Cruickshank described the arch as "the first great building of the railway age" and said its destruction was an "act of barbarism".
He is a member of the Euston Arch Trust, which wants to rebuild the arch between two existing lodges on Euston Road.
Mr Cruickshank said: "The careful raising of a number of its stones - a magnificent gesture on the part of British Waterways - moves the rebuilding campaign forward significantly and means that a great cultural wrong committed in the 1960s can yet be put right."