This mural, like a cat seems to have many lives. The mural you will be looking at is not the first version but the third and has move location twice.
The original 1452sq foot mural was created by Karen Gregory in 1984 and located in the St Mary and St Pancras School, NW1. It was funded by the Greater London Council with additional funds from
This mural portrays the history of Somers Town, an area just north of Euston Road. It shows a view looking out from old Somers Town , showing the industrial landscape of Victorian London in the left hand side of the mural, the Fleet river divides the picture and Old St Pancras church is seen sitting on the riverbank. On the right hand side is a modern house with contemporary people. Famous locals appear in the picture such as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley and Charles Dickens.
In 1993, the mural was under threat for the first time. Championed by author Claire Tomalin, she managed to create nationwide publicity to raise the £7,500 to restore the mural. The mural was also moved again in 2007. It was repainted after a vote from the local community to keep it. The mural now includes Claire Tomalin, the headteacher, Stella,McCalla-Gordon and Sue Child, a teaching assistant who has seen all 3 versions of the mural. Hopefully it has now met it's final destination and it will continue to be enjoyed by the locals!