What's in a name? For St Pancras, everything
There is a proposal afoot to rename the redeveloped St Pancras Station 'London Central'. Firstly, the station is not really in central London, and secondly, St Pancras is, in my opinion, too historical a name to lose easily.
The station is named after the Parish of St Pancras, in which it stands. The nearby Old St Pancras Church is one of the oldest in London, having been a Christian site since 313 AD, associated with the Kings of Northumbria.
St Pancras himself was a 14year-old Roman boy martyred under the notoriously cruel Emperor Diocletian. His relics, along with relics of Saints Peter and Paul, were sent by Pope Vitalian to King Oswy of Northumbria in 665 AD and the naming of the church probably dates from this period.
There are other options for the renaming of the station.
Simplest and easiest might be 'St Pancras International' as they have done at Waterloo Station, thus conserving a historical name. If you agree please take the time to email your comments to new. comments@ eurostar. co. uk and please inform as many people as you think may be interested.
Gillian Darley, via email