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Eastern Coal Drops at Kings Cross Goods Yard

A Grade II Listed Building in St Pancras and Somers Town, London

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Latitude: 51.5359 / 51°32'9"N

Longitude: -0.1263 / 0°7'34"W

OS Eastings: 530054

OS Northings: 183550

OS Grid: TQ300835

Mapcode National: GBR H3.TL

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.RNMG

Plus Code: 9C3XGVPF+9F

Entry Name: Eastern Coal Drops at Kings Cross Goods Yard

Listing Date: 27 July 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1379214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478582

ID on this website: 101379214

Location: St Pancras, Camden, London, N1C

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: St Pancras and Somers Town

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Pancras Old Church

Church of England Diocese: London

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798-1/79/1738 (North side)
27/07/83 Eastern coal drops at King's Cross
Goods Yard


Coal drops. 1851-2. Probably by Lewis Cubitt. Late C19
southern section converted into a warehouse. Northern, coal
handling bays, damaged by fire, 1985. Multi-coloured stock
brick supported externally and internally by a framework of
cast-iron columns and beams in each bay. Slated hipped roof.
EXTERIOR: oblong plan; 2 storeys and mezzanine. South
elevation with single storey extension above which main
building with 4 lunettes, recessed oblong panels below and
brick pilasters supporting iron gable end.
Eastern elevation with segmental-headed ground floor openings
(cart loading bays), brickwork of arches extended and linking
to give impression of arcading with inset cast-iron Tuscan
columns. Metal framed windows with small panes. Occasional
flat circular pattern in brickwork of spandrels. Mezzanine
floor with half length segmental-arched windows and brick
cornice, breaking at the window heads. 2nd floor (railway
level), shallow brick arcading blind apart from lunettes in
arch heads; recessed oblong panels at the base of each arch.
Western elevation with similar arcading and remains of railway
line on round-arched viaduct at top floor level.
INTERIOR: has massive timber framing to support railway at
upper level and storage hoppers at mezzanine. Open composite
truss roof with timber tie-beams, rafters, collars and struts
and single iron rods from the apex; also queen posts of
wrought-iron. Wrought-iron plates at joints and cast-iron
brackets where principal rafters are formed of two timbers
joined at collar height.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the coal drops were built as part of a system
of distributing coal from the north-east and Yorkshire to the
London market. Originally the structure carried 4 high-level
railway tracks from which waggons discharged coal into storage
bins on the mezzanine floor above cart-loading bays. A waggon
traverser was provided at the southern end by which empty
waggons were transferred to a wooden viaduct west of the coal
drops. Approach by road is at a lower level.

Listing NGR: TQ3005483550

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