Tuesday morning saw us having breakfast in the station, whilst watching the Eurostar trains arriving; then it was a walk up to the Regents Canal and the Granary Wharf complex. We joined the canal there and turning right headed towards Camden Town. At the first lock, St. Pancras, one of the latest developments has begun to rise out of the ground.

The towpath opposite St. Pancras Yacht Basin is diverted onto pontoons. The photos and notes below take up the story.

I tend to take a photo of this boat every time we pass, moored at Camley Street I find it perversely attractive!
I tend to take a photo of this ‘Island Queen-ish’ boat every time we pass, moored at Camley Street, I find it a quirkily seductive craft to photograph!
Joe looks towards St. Pancras Lock...
Joe looks towards St. Pancras Lock…
The temporary pontoons diverting the towpath away from the major developments to the brownfield site to the right hand side and before the Midland mainline...
The temporary pontoons divert the towpath away from the major developments on the brownfield site to the right hand side and ahead of the Midland mainline which crossed the canal at this point…
A pinch-point at the entrance to the yacht basin...
A pinch-point at the entrance to the yacht basin…
The pontoon...
The pontoon…
The site, just visible in the foreground is the initial ground work for one of the gasometer frames...
The site. Just visible in the foreground is the initial ground work for one of the gasometer frames…
The temporary towpath rejoins the main towpath below the bridges carrying the Midland mainline out of St. Pancras...
The temporary towpath rejoins the main towpath below the bridges carrying the Midland mainline out of St. Pancras…

And what’s the diversion for, well…

This visual, pinned to the walls is an attempt to caputre what's planned for the site... several of the iconic gasometer frames that once dominated the entrance into St. Pancras Station are to be integrated into the development...
This visual, pinned to the wall adjacent to the diversion, is an attempt to capture what’s planned for the site… Several of the iconic gas holder frames that once dominated the entrance into St. Pancras Station are to be integrated into the development…
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Here’s another visual, showing the gas holder frames in more detail, a ‘single’ frame and a ‘triplet’ will eventually be on site…
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The iconic gas holders have been residents of King’s Cross for over 150 years.
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They dominated the skyline…
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Originally constructed in the 1850s, Gasholder No. 8 is a Grade II listed structure. Its 25m high circular frame has been painstakingly dismantled and is currently being refurbished in Yorkshire. In 2013 it will return to King’s Cross to be re-located on the north side of the canal.The gasholder guide frame will sit in new landscaping with paths leading down to the canal towpath and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over Regent’s Canal is planned.
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Gas holders Nos. 10, 11 & 12 known as the ‘Siamese Triplet’ because their frames are joined by a common spine. They were built for the storage of town gas manufactured on the site from coal by the Imperial Gas, Light and Coke Company.
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The Gas holders were originally constructed in 1860-67 and enlarged in 1879-80.
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The frames are highly decorative with three tiers of hollow cylindrical cast iron columns, cast iron capitals and three tiers of wrought iron riveted lattice girders. The triplet formed part of the largest gas works in London and remained in use until the late 20th Century.
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As with Gas Holder No. 8, the Triplet gas holders are being restored by a specialist engineering firm in Yorkshire.
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When they return to King’s Cross, their new home will be north of Regent’s Canal. Here the triplet frame will be re-erected around a series of apartment buildings. The historic, cast-iron structures, argue the architects: “…will create a stunning setting for new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, many with fantastic views over the water.”
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