Our challenge

The issue is simple. Ancient drains that lie beneath the church are collapsing.
As a result they are destabilising the structure of the church.

The problem has manifested itself in many ways. The most obvious are the number of substantial cracks that have appeared in the walls of the building.

These drains whose construction dates back several hundred years have decayed to such a state that they had allowed the subsoil to become saturated which has resulted in the destabilisation of the structure of the church.

This problem has been evident for some time and in part may have been exacerbated by the works that were undertaken as part of the redevelopment of St Pancras International for the introduction of Eurostar services. As you may have read elsewhere in the ‘Our History’ section, the site of the church has in recent times never been particularly stable. This is due to the large numbers of graves that were dug during the 19th century and then their subsequent reburial later that century when the original St Pancras station was first built. As a result the church is not sited on particularly solid ground.

The march of progress
A further potential contributory factor is the rail traffic which passes yards from the church and sets in motion an almost constant vibration through the ground. A phenomenon that can be observed in the organist’s mirror which vibrates constantly (some may like to think it is a deceased organist at work, but alas no!).

It is these factors that have led us to where we are today. A church that is slowly attempting to make its way down the gentle hillock that has been the site of Christian worship for over 1,000 years.