Opposite Sides of the Tracks
4 Extra Debut. Joe Kerr visits King's Cross and St Pancras stations to explore the rivalry between two pioneering rail companies.
London's King's Cross Station was built in 1851-2 and was hailed an important work of engineering.
15 years later, the Midland Railways Company, desperate to impose itself on London and outdo rival companies, built a new station next door - only bigger, grander and more expensive - St Pancras.
Series in which architectural historian Joe Kerr visits pairs of neighbouring buildings built as responses to the rivalry between their builders.
Robert Thorne champions St Pancras while Helen Evenden speaks up for King's Cross.
Producer: Matthew Dodd
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.
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