Location of the Euston Arch

The Euston Arch was, of course, the impressive Doric portico designed by Philip Hardwick which stood in front of the old Euston station before it was demolished by cunts in the 60s.

This was done in order to replace the original station, which was shit and made of sheds, with a new station, which was also shit, but made of concrete. It was kind of a rehearsal for replacing Birmingham New Street, which was also shit and made of sheds, with another station made of concrete but even more shit. They hadn't done anything like this before so they needed to practise to make sure they could make it shit enough.

Anyway there was a whole lot of bollocking on with John Betjeman and a bunch of other people trying to stop the arch being demolished and Harold Macmillan not being arsed to listen when they tried to tell him about it, and shit. I'm not going to detail it here because there is a fuck load of it and that's not what this page is about. There is a website eustonarch.org which goes into all the detail of the history and has lots of pictures and things. Apparently when it was demolished they chucked most of it into a river, and now the eustonarch.org lot have found the bits and they want to rebuild it, which ought to be a good idea except it would look stupid now with all the crappy modern buildings behind it. Maybe they could make a museum of the old winding house caverns at Camden and put it there instead, or something.

Note: before visiting the eustonarch.org website you might want to install the following UserJS, if you're using Opera, or install a version modified for whatever other browser you're using, in order to get rid of this like really fucking annoying and pointless shit they've got on the site.

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Anyway, now that's over we can get on with the LP. The point of this page is that probably the most difficult thing to get your head round when working out exactly what happened at Euston is where the fuck everything was, because it was all different back then with streets that don't exist any more and shit, and no fucker puts a decent map in their articles on it. The eustonarch.org website is better than most in that it does have before and after maps, but they are not overlaid so it still isn't easy to match up the locations between one and the other.

So what I've done is I've downloaded the maps and made a Thing wot superimposes the one on the other and lets you turn the overlay on and off while you look and see what's underneath it. I didn't understand where shit all was before I made this, but now I do, and I'm putting it on this page so that you can too. The red circle is where the arch is. The one thing it doesn't do is show how far the platforms come down the modern Euston station, which is dead and chewed, but there isn't a map of that. As far as I can tell they can't end any further south than Drummond Street, but they probably don't end much further north either.

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Map of Euston area




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