Reviews and comments

Comment about King’s Cross: A Sense of Place from Simon Jenkins, journalist and author:

‘I was in on the ground floor at King’s Cross/St Pancras as member of the BR board in the 1980s. Disaster beckoned. St Pancras itself was coming down. The railway lands were blighted by indecision. King’s Cross was to be ‘modernised’. The story since has been one of rescue and, mostly, eventual triumph. King’s Cross has proved among the most exciting cases of urban industrial renewal in Britain. To see the story told and this part of London so vividly portrayed is exhilarating.’

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Reviews on
~ by Jeannie Burnett
‘Do you know the Regent’s Quarter? – and the area around King’s Cross? In the past it was chiefly notorious for drugs and prostitution: run down and squalid. The transformation to its present state is a fascinating story, and now there is a new book to tell it. The book is by Angela Inglis, a local resident and talented photographer.’
Click here for the full review.

More reviews on Amazon:
~ by Mr. Robert A. Choonos
~ by J. O’Brien

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Review for Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society
~ by Michael Bussell
‘This is a very approachable paperback, generously illustrated and nicely produced. Its attention to the community and the individuals who participated in the regeneration of the area rightly reminds us that, while buildings and structures are the artefacts of industrial archaeology, places are made by, and for, people.’
Click here for the full review (second review on page).

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Robert Thorne writes in The Victorian ‘Local historians will be delighted to see ‘King’s Cross: A Sense of Place’, and not just because it sits neatly on the bookshelf beside ‘Twentieth Century Buildings of Islington”. It is the story of a series of local campaigns that saved King’s Cross from the fate that befell the Docklands and there area west of Euston, both of which are unrecognisable from 50 years ago.’ by Robert Thorne

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‘What makes the book so prescient is its timing, because what links the three sagas is how much can be achieved when enlightened planners are enlisted by a local community, and how the support of politicians can be so valuable when allied to both.’ by Andrew Bosi, in Islington News, Journal of the Islington Society (page 5 of pdf)

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‘I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the story of Norma Steele and the other indomitable characters connected to the locality. It has made me want to explore the area, the photographs too are excellent. I want to check out the whole place!’ by Jane Shelton


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