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Locations - Oxford Station

 

"Can anything be more eternally immutable than Oxford Station? Paris, Berlin, Vienna, have built, and re-built, and built again, their monumental stations. Hundreds of feet below the surface of London, stations have sporadically spread after the manner of mushroom spawn. I have even lived to see Waterloo Station reconstructed and re-built. But Oxford Station never varies and today is exactly as it flashed upon my eager vision in '68. That it has been re-painted since then I know, for I was once staying in Oxford when this happened, and used to go specially to gaze at the man told off for the job, and admire his deliberate brushwork and the lingering care with which he would add a touch and then step back to admire it. But even then, when he had at last done, the station looked exactly as before."

[left] Sadly, the modern, uninspiring structure in the photo is the new Oxford Railway Station. It has nothing of the splendour which the older one had. The original station was off to the right of the photo and was demolished, amid much protest, in 1999. It was actually on another line which had been closedsince 1967.

 

 

 

 


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