History of Somers Town Mural

A local history picture that doesn't seem to die!

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 Camden Council and the Arts Council. It was intended not just to be a decorative piece but also educational with posters and leaflets made up to explain the local history stories.

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!


Excellent condition, Slight water mark/fading at the top.

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If you know something about this mural that we have missed the please get in touch.

This mural is in good condition

Where to find it

St Mary and St Pancras School, NW1 1QP

From St Pancras Station, take a right. Head down Euston Road and take your second right down Charlton street.
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How to get there

Mornington Crescent

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