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The poem was first included in his collection Continual Dew. Betjeman had a fondness for Victorian architecture and was a founding member of the Victorian Society. He wrote on this subject in First and Last Loves and more extensively in London's Historic Railway Stations in , defending the beauty of 12 stations. He led the campaign to save Holy Trinity, Sloane Street in London when it was threatened with demolition in the early s. He fought a spirited but unsuccessful campaign to save the Propylaeum, known commonly as the Euston Arch , London. He is considered instrumental in helping to save St Pancras railway station , London, and was commemorated when it became an international terminus for Eurostar in November He called the plan to demolish St Pancras a "criminal folly".
On the reopening of St Pancras station in , a statue of Betjeman was commissioned from curators Futurecity. A proposal by artist Martin Jennings was selected from a shortlist. The finished work was erected in the station at platform level, including a series of slate roundels depicting selections of Betjeman's writings. Graham's death in Betjeman's lease included furniture from the house by Burges, and Betjeman gave three pieces, the Zodiac settle , the Narcissus washstand, and the Philosophy cabinet, to Evelyn Waugh. Betjeman responded to architecture as the visible manifestation of society's spiritual life as well as its political and economic structure.
He attacked speculators and bureaucrats for what he saw as their rapacity and lack of imagination. In the preface of his collection of architectural essays First and Last Loves he says, "We accept the collapse of the fabrics of our old churches, the thieving of lead and objects from them, the commandeering and butchery of our scenery by the services, the despoiling of landscaped parks and the abandonment to a fate worse than the workhouse of our country houses, because we are convinced we must save money.
In a BBC film made in but not broadcast at that time, Betjeman described the sound of Leeds to be of "Victorian buildings crashing to the ground". He went on to lambast John Poulson 's British Railways House now City House , saying how it blocked all the light out to City Square and was only a testament to money with no architectural merit. He also praised the architecture of Leeds Town Hall. Betjeman was for over 20 years a trustee of the Bath Preservation Trust and was Vice-President from to , at a time when Bath —a city rich in Georgian architecture —was coming under increasing pressure from modern developers, and a major road was proposed to cut across it.
From to he had served as Secretary to the Oxford Preservation Trust. Betjeman was also instrumental in saving the Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sir John Betjeman. Main article: Slough poem. Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!
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