MIDLAND GOODS SHED: King's Cross, London

Author(s): Robyn Burgess, Keith Falconer

This area of the Great Northern Railway's King's Cross Goods Yard contains elements which date from the development of the site in 1850 but all the buildings and structures have been greatly altered, in some cases several times. The central 300ft long brick building known as the Midland Shed occupies the site, and retains some of the fabric of, Lewis Cubitt's 1850 Carriage Shed associated with the temporary 1850 passenger station of which some ironwork also survives. The Carriage Shed was heightened and converted into a Goods Shed for the Midland Railway circa 1857 and offices added, while the iron framed train shed of the temporary station was used as a potato warehouse. The potato warehousing was greatly extended to the east in 1864 with custom built trader facilities which have since been demolished. An accumulator tower for hydraulic power was added to the Goods Shed before 1888 when the intervening areas were roofed over utilising some elements of the 1851 train shed.

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