mobile nav


Philip Larkin Philip Larkin

Plaque: Philip Larkin

Erection date: 7/6/2014


We slowed again.
And as the tightened brakes took hold there swelled
A sense of falling, like an arrow-shower
Sent out of sight, somewhere becoming rain.
{Around the edge:}
These lines close The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin, a poem inspired by a journey from Hull to King's Cross.
The opening lines are carved in slate at Hull Paragon Interchange on the base of the poet's statue there.

The Whitsun Weddings (recalling a train journey on Whitsun Saturday afternoon in 1955) was voted one of the "Nation's Top 100 Poems" in 1995. The unveiling of a statue in Hull was the culmination of a festival mainly based in Hull, marking the 25th anniversary of his death. We read at the time that a statue was planned for King's Cross but, so far, all we have is this plaque.

Site: Philip Larkin (1 memorial)

NW1, Euston Road, King's Cross Station

View this memorial on a map

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Philip Larkin

Information Subjects commemorated

Philip Larkin

Born Coventry. Larkin spent 30 years in the northern port city of Hull workin...

Read More