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Camden Goods Station through tim
The book contains a wealth of imagery from old prints to paintings, drawings and photographs and other images both for Camden Goods Station and the main line from Primrose Hill to Euston, much of which will surprise and delight. The text and 200 illustrations trace the ways that the main line and the goods station have changed and developed over almost two centuries. The L&BR and its successors left a strong footprint on the landscape, and the book teases out the threads that link this complex of historical features in time and space. No expense has been spared in obtaining the best images, which have cost the Trust some £1250 in reproduction licences. We need to recover this from sales of the book. All the author's income goes to the Trust.
The book is available from all good bookshops and from Amberley Publishing www.amberley-books.com at £14.99. Alternatively you can contact the CRHT Secretary (Darleyp@aol.com or tel. 0207 586 6632) and order books directly at £12.00 including UK postage. Ordering from CRHT will not only be more cost effective but will contribute far more to our depleted coffers.
We are very proud to have the opportunity to tell this remarkable story, and would like you all to share it.
Camden Goods Station featured in the first of a new series of "Great British Railway Journeys" presented by Michael Portillo on 13 January 2014 at 6.30 pm on BBC2. Unfortunately we were given very little notice by the producers and so did not provide any advance notice on this site.
The Regent's Canal Information Centre at the Lock Keeper's Cottage (Grade II) opened officially in September 2013. Information is provided in a colourful set of wall displays. Greater historical detail may be found in a small room immediately to the right of the entrance.
Our original intention was to reveal Camden's key role as a transhipment or interchange centre between canal, road and rail as well as providing information on the geography, history and ecology of the Regent's Canal. Unfortunately we were not given the opportunity to check the wall displays before they went up. The displays are riddled with factual and locational errors, with the result that a so-called "Information Centre" is actually a mine of misinformation. We hope that the errors will be corrected in due course.
CRHT applied to upgrade the following structures from Grade II to Grade II*
The first two were recommended for upgrade by English Heritage and approved by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In the case of the Stables Complex, English Heritage recommended the upgrade of the Horse Hospital, and this was approved in January 2013.
So, including the Roundhouse, there are now four Grade II* listed structures on the Railway Heritage Trail. Such a concentration of highly significant heritage sites is very unusual. Each reinforces the others and we have started the research to support an application for a fifth such designation, the Roving Bridge at Hampstead Road Locks. Any images and information that may help this application should be sent to darleyp@aol,com.
Camden Railway Heritage Trust has joined the campaign to get the alignment of HS2 moved from under the Victorian villas on Gloucester Avenue to the northwest to run under the existing railway lines - passing under Stephenson's stationary winding engine vaults. CRHT's concern is that the HS2 development, together with other local developments at 44 Gloucester Avenue, safeguard the future possibility of opening the vaults to the public as a Museum to Robert Stephenson, one of our most notable engineers.
A possible use for the vaults as both museum and entertainment centre - bar/restaurant, gallery and performance space - is shown on the plan.
The Trust provides speakers for talks about the railway heritage to general groups such as libraries and to special interest groups such as railway societies, and is always happy to accommodate any request. Please contact the Secretary. The subjects of such talks include:
The Trust has set up stands at a number of local events and these have always attracted interest. If your event could benefit from our participation, please contact the Secretary.
Examples of talks that have taken place in 2013 are:
The Trust runs guided walks over the Camden Railway Heritage Trail both for societies and groups that can muster the participants and for individuals. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20. These have proved very popular, and provide participants with a fascinating and usually quite unexpected insight into an area many believe they know well.
Any formal group interested in a guided walk should contact the Secretary. Individuals and informal groups can obtain the dates of walks here and register their participation with the Secretary. If no such dates have yet been fixed, it would be helpful if they contacted the Secretary to express their interest, so that they may be contacted as soon as dates have been decided on.
The next dates for guided walks open to all are:
We meet on the steps of the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is close to Chalk Farm station on the Northern Line, and to a number of bus routes. Guided walks follow the Trail in reverse order, usually ending at Primrose Hill Tunnel East Portals, a 10 minute walk to Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage tube stations. They take about 2½ hours, and take in sites that would either not be accessible or not apparent to the general visitor.
The cost of a walk is £6 per person. Trail Guides are sold for £2 to participants. All proceeds directly support the Trust.
If either you as an individual or your group is interested in a guided walk, please contact the Secretary (0207 586 6632) for details and reservations.