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Euston Arch to rise from depths

The Euston Arch
The original arch was built in 1838

A stone arch demolished during the rebuilding of Euston Station is to be salvaged from a canal and rebuilt.

The 21m (70ft) Euston Arch, built in 1838, was taken down by planners 50 years ago and the pieces submerged in the Prescott Channel.

But TV historian Dan Cruickshank tracked them down - and they are now being dredged from the waterway.

The new arch, which will cost £10m, will feature a nightclub and banquet hall. Plans will be submitted in 2010.

Mr Cruickshank, a member of the Euston Arch Trust, said destroying the original Greek-style structure was "an act of barbarism".

He said: "The arch was the first great building of the railway age, the largest Grecian Doric gateway ever made and a building of great beauty and international architectural and historic importance."

"The Euston Arch Trust has been campaigning for 15 years to re-build the Euston Arch at Euston Station."

Euston Station stands on the site of the original arch, so a new location on Euston Road has been suggested.



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