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Kings Cross Gas Holders J890288

Kings Cross Gas Holders J890288


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Filename: J890288.jpg

Size: 5700 x 4563 (25.3MB)

Date: 11th December 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Kings Cross Gas Holders J890288

KINGS CROSS GAS HOLDERS, London. View from the canal looking south with St Pancras Station in the distance

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the industrial beauty and historical significance of the Kings Cross Gas Holders in London, specifically J890288, as seen from the Regent's Canal. Taken by renowned photographer Nigel Corrie for Historic England, this image offers a unique perspective of this urban landscape, with St Pancras Station in the distance. The Kings Cross Gas Holders, located in the heart of the city, are a testament to London's industrial past. Constructed between 1860 and 1900, these structures were once an essential part of the city's gas supply network. They held the coal gas that was produced at the nearby King's Cross Gas Works and distributed it to homes and businesses across London. As the demand for gas declined with the advent of new energy sources, the gas holders were gradually decommissioned, and many were demolished. However, a few, including J890288, have been preserved as valuable industrial heritage sites. This photograph not only showcases the architectural intricacy of the gas holders but also highlights their integration with the urban landscape. The reflection of the structures in the calm waters of the Regent's Canal adds an extra layer of visual interest, while St Pancras Station, with its iconic clock tower and red-brick fa├žade, serves as a striking contrast to the industrial backdrop. Nigel Corrie's composition invites the viewer to contemplate the past, present, and future of this fascinating part of London's history. The photograph is a reminder that industrial heritage sites, such as the Kings Cross Gas Holders, play a crucial role in shaping the city's identity and preserving its rich history for future generations.

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