Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Visiting the Fleet River on Christmas Day 2010
From designers, Barnbrook Studio
"The importance of St. Pancras church:
– Its location being a place of meditation since 315AD.
– The body of noted feminist Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was was once buried here, she is the mother of mary shelley, the author of ‘frankenstein’.
– Mary Shelley met Shelley the Romantic poet by the grave of her mother.
– The Beatles had their picture taken in the church for part of promo images of ‘Let it be’
– The moving of bodies in the 19th century and 20th century for railway works and Thomas Hardy’s reference to it in the poem ‘The Levelled Churchyard’
– A reference to the church in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens.
– The shape of the red telephone box by Gilbert Scott being based on the tomb of Sir John Soane.
The final part of the text is about Britain no longer being an island because of the Channel Tunnel. An interesting physcogeographical moment, the River Fleet has been replaced by a new river of people bringing a new positive influence upon us. ‘Sceptered isle’ refers to shakespeare’s description of the UK in ‘Richard II’.