Well, some of them at least. For the next few weeks, you can get up close and even touch hallowed heritage as some of the stones from the Euston Arch return to the scene of their demise.

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It’s part of an exhibition about the Euston Arch, put on by the group behind the long simmering campaign to rebuild the arch.

It’s only a modest little exhibition, more to drum up awareness of the campaign than to convey any detail about the plans themselves, which are still in a state of some flux. After all, they still don’t have somewhere to put the arch, let alone any money to pay for it.

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But if awareness is the goal, then on my visit, it’s failing, as not a single commuter in a 10 minute loiter joined me, or barely glanced at why someone was taking photos of some old stones in the grass.

Maybe the wet weather and prospect of missing a train causes commuters to rush past, and more leisurely travellers will linger during the day.

But for many, it will be less the spartan information boards that will be of interest than the sight of actual genuine original stones from the actual original Euston Arch, sitting on the grass next to Euston Station.

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The stones themselves were ones recovered from the Prescott Channel in Stratford, where they had been dumped as filler when the arch was demolished. Their removal being part of the Olympics preparations, when there were overly optimistic ideas of using barges to cart away more of the Olympic Park building rubble than actually took place.

The exhibition is open for 6 weeks.

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6 comments on “Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station
  1. steven way says:

    I stopped and had a look on Saturday, there were at least half a dozen others also looking at the same time so perhaps more awareness than you experienced

  2. Sean McGrath says:

    Good luck with the campaign. Euston Station a classic example of 1960s architectural vandalism. It is an ugly unremarkable space as opposed to the classic railway terminal building it once was like St Pancras, Kings X, Waterloo etc

  3. Pedantic of Purley says:

    If awareness is the goal it must have succeeded because it attracted your attention and made a wider audience aware of it – far more than they would ever have managed by relying solely on “passing trade”.

    • ianvisits says:

      Well, it “attracted my attention” as I follow them on Twitter and they mentioned the exhibition. Still nothing about it on their website though.

  4. Robert says:

    I saw them yesterday and I was impressed by how big they were. The original arch must’ve been a wonder in it’s day. Sadly, it was destroyed to be replaced by the ugly black secret services looking blocks.

  5. Roy Hepper says:

    I lived a matter of a few hundred yards from the amazing Doric Arch from the late 40’s to early 60’s and even at a very early age knew that this very very big building was special, I was heartbroken on my return to the area in the 70’s to see it’s replacement – here I was looking at an ugly dull station where once stood a beautiful historical and magical piece of MY history…. McMillan should have been hung drawn and quartered for his part in it’s demise.

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