Euston Arch begins to fall - archive, 7 November 1961

7 November 1961 The destruction of Euston station's doric arch station does not elicit much sympathy

London Letter
The doric arch, massive and blackened with grime, still had an indestructible look about it this afternoon. But in the forecourt of Euston station a tall, red crane was silently and relentlessly on the move, lifting out sections of wooden flooring through a hole in the portico's roof. The destruction of the arch had begun. It did not elicit much sympathy. “There will be some crying and tears now,” a round-faced porter said with a happy chuckle. A woman with an eton crop and yellow stockings stood looking at the crane with a worried frown. “Are they really taking it down?” The porters clustered together. “It might have looked al right in Queen Victoria's day with green fields and all around it, but if you ask me it's an eyesore now.” A little old man chipped in : “It's been up long enough, ain't it? It will be a bit draughty, though, without it.”

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Source: Euston Arch begins to fall – archive, 7 November 1961