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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

St Pancras Church: yet more MDO.

A couple of less often seen MDO shots, together with their then & nows, above & below:

Self-explanatory, so I'll spare you:

This, however, may be of slightly more interest; a shot from 1941 showing not only the effects of the Luftwaffe on buildings directly opposite the church, but the plinth, then lacking its obelisk, also in place in 1968 and 2010:

These bombed out buildings were, of course, subsequently razed, to be replaced by the rather splendid art-deco tower block known as Cecil Rhodes House - which later loomed pleasingly in another favourite MDO pic, and continues to do so to this day:

In an impressive feat of incompetence, I managed to cock up the Coroner's Court shot for a second time, so once again that will have to wait (not that it matters).


  1. We should write to the Church to persuade them to grow hollyhocks again.

    I find it amazing that the fabs spent approximately 45 minutes in total at St Pancras Old Church and yet the session yielded such great photos (my personal favourites being the Hollyhocks and the railings ones).
    I wonder if Paul or Ringo will ever get nostalgic enough to make a private visit recreating the MDO.

  2. I can't be sure, but I think the bank on which their fabulous posteriors are parked might be the point of St Pancras Gardens where the 'lost' River Fleet is submerged. Certainly it is nearby. The paths of The Beatles and the underground river would also have crossed earlier that day at Swain's Lane in Highgate, before both the Fleet and the Fabs meet their destinations at the Thames.

    Apparently, the northernmost source of the River Fleet is in the woodland of 'Caen Wood'. More here,


  3. How interesting! I love this type of thing...clearly.

  4. I was just there at St PAncras church a few days ago and took video and pics. Seemed so small when you are actually there.