Euston Station gates
Station Gates, London & Birmingham Railway. Gates from 'Doric Arch' of Euston Station. Heavy wrought iron with ornamental locks bearing L & BR crest.
These elaborate cast iron gates are from the Doric portico that formed the entrance to the original Euston station in London.
The gates were manufactured by the inventor and locksmith J J Bramah for the Euston terminus of the London & Birmingham Railway. The great stone portico, or Euston Arch, which contained the gates was designed by the architect Philip Hardwick as an architectural symbol representing Euston as the gateway from the capital to the Midlands and the North.
The arch remained at Euston for over 100 years. Electrification of the line to Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester, required the enlargement of Euston station and as a result the arch was demolished in 1961. This caused considerable public protest.