Person    | Male  Born 28/8/1906  Died 19/5/1984

Sir John Betjeman

Categories: Architecture, Poetry

Poet Laureate 1972 - 1984. Conservation campaigner. Credited with saving the Midland Grand Hotel (now St Pancras Chambers) and the station at St Pancras from demolition and helping to achieve their Grade I listed status. This campaign in the 1960s is often given as the beginning of the conservation movement. He also helped save the Queen's Tower at Imperial College and Holy Trinity near Sloane Square. His friend the author Anthony Powell described him as having "a whim of iron".

Born 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, Lissenden Gardens (where oddly, 2014, there is no plaque, despite the Tenants Association having erected at least 6 others). Brought up in Highgate. Died at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and is buried in the nearby church of St. Enodoc.

2016: A bust of Betjeman (an exact replica of the St Pancras statue) was unveiled at Wantage where he lived 1951 - 72.

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Sir John Betjeman

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Bedford Park panel

On the back of the panel 8 Bedford Park men are featured, each with a paragra...

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Black Friar pub

The plaque is a perfectly nice pub plaque but the pub is adorned with many lo...

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John Betjeman - EC1

Note that, despite its blueness, this is not an English Heritage plaque.

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John Betjeman - Marylebone

As the gateway to Metroland, Betjeman was fond of this station.

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John Betjeman - N6

Sir John Betjeman, 1906 - 1984, poet, lived here, 1908 - 1917. English Heritage 

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Alexander Cruden

Camden Passage (link now dead) had a picture of the unveiling by Poet Laureat...

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Battishill Gardens

This stone frieze (13 metres long, 2 metres high) was originally unveiled on ...

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Cruikshank lived here for 25 years. The plaque was unveiled by Betjeman in 1...

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