In Pictures: The Kings Cross Clock Tower

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Sometimes, whilst researching a topic, unexpected opportunities arise. This proved to be the case recently at Kings Cross where, during a site visit related to a future piece on the station’s sub-surface logistics, it became clear that our Network Rail guide might just be amenable to a slightly loftier piece of photography as well.

And so, with thanks to Network Rail, and without further comment, we present a brief look at the state of affairs within the Clock Tower at Kings Cross and some views from the top of the station.

Update: We’ve now added some pictures taken during the restoration of the clock in November 2011. These pictures are all courtesy of Simon Hickman / English Heritage, to whom we give thanks for letting us reproduce them here. – JB

The Clock at Kings Cross

The Clock at Kings Cross

The clock access, looking suitably non-descript

The clock access, looking suitably non-descript

The stairs to the tower

The stairs to the tower

Behind the clock face

Behind the clock face

A look at the mechanism

A look at the mechanism

Another view of the mechanism

Another view of the mechanism

The pendulum chamber

The pendulum chamber

Looking out over the temporary frontage, due to be demolished next year

Looking out over the temporary frontage, due to be demolished next year

Looking across to St Pancras

Looking across to St Pancras

Looking down the shed roof

Looking down the shed roof

Construction is still underway on the wider Kings Cross site

Construction is still underway on the wider Kings Cross site

Looking out over the canal

Looking out over the canal

Restoring the Tower

The wooden frame of the tower roof, exposed during restoration

The wooden frame of the tower roof, exposed during restoration

The weathervane, awaiting regilding

The weathervane, dismantled and awaiting regilding

The surround, from the scaffolding

The surround, from the scaffolding

A close up showing the state of the surround to the clock face prior to restoration

A close up showing the state of the surround to the clock face prior to restoration

Written by Lemmo