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THIS MIGHT LOOK like just an old gash­older by the Re­gent’s Canal, the sort of sight that typ­i­fied the ur­ban canal­side scene in the days be­fore ur­ban wa­ter­way re­gen­er­a­tion be­came fash­ion­able. But if you know the canal, you’ll no­tice that it’s on the op­po­site side from where Lon­don’s largest gas­works once stood – and that’s be­cause it’s only just been erected, as Lon­don’s new­est and most un­likely canal­side park. It is one of an im­pres­sive set of four dis­used but his­toric Vic­to­rian gash­old­ers which stood in the way of an ear­lier stage in the re­de­vel­op­ment of the area be­hind King’s Cross and St Pan­cras sta­tions. The 16 hol­low cylin­dri­cal cast iron col­umns, in two tiers and two lev­els of wrought iron riv­eted lat­tice gird­ers, of Gash­older 8’s frame were care­fully dis­man­tled and stored. It has now been re-erected and a cir­cu­lar lawn laid in­side it to cre­ate Gash­older Park. Mean­while, the frames of Gash­old­ers 10 to 12, which were linked to­gether as a ‘Si­amese triplet’, are also be­ing re­stored and will be re-erected around the new hous­ing just vis­i­ble to the right of the pic­ture.

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