By Dylan Hayes

Connecting Communities > Camden's Park in the Sky

If you’ve walked to our brewery from Kings Cross Station, you would have passed this bricked up doorway underneath a railway bridge on York Way. You may not have even noticed it. This is the former entrance to Maiden Lane Station.

The bricked up entrance of Maiden Lane Station on York Way, near Two Tribes Brewery in King's Cross

Maiden Lane Station opened in 1850 as a temporary passenger terminal while King's Cross Station was being built. It was used to receive the thousands of passengers arriving in London to visit the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, and was even used by Queen Victoria as she departed London for Scotland.

Station platform with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about to board Royal Train (possibly en route to Scotland). (At Maiden Lane temporary terminus before the opening of Kings Cross Station, c1850).

The station officially opened in 1855 as a terminus for cattle on their way to be sold at the Metropolitan Cattle Market (now Caledonian Park on Market Road), before transforming again into a passenger station in 1887 once the area had become more residential.

Map of Maiden Lane Station in the early 1900s

The station closed in 1917 during the war, and it looked like it would never reopen.

Maiden Lane Station looking west

That is, until now…

Last Thursday, we were excited to learn the news that the first section of the Camden Highline project had received planning approval from Camden Council.

The project was proposed by the Camden Highline charity who aim to transform 1.2 kilometres of old trainline into a ‘park in the sky’.

The proposed stairway from the Camden Highline at the old Maiden Lane Station on York Way

Inspired by the hugely successful New York High Line, the Camden Highline route is planned to connect Camden Gardens to the old Maiden Lane Station down the road from Two Tribes Brewery on York Way. It is hoped the Camden Highline will attract around 2.5 million visitors a year.

Disused railway in 2022, site of proposed Camden Highline

20,000 Londoners live within 500 metres of the proposed Highline, and this project provides them with much needed green space.

Access to green space has been shown to lead to numerous individual benefits from mental relaxation, encouraging social cohesion, supporting physical activity and reducing exposure to air pollution.

Camden Highline proposed route and resident population map

The Camden Highline will act as a new wildlife corridor for North London, providing habitats for birds, insects, bats and butterflies. The project promises to become an outdoor nature classroom for the young residents in Camden and Islington, acting as a space for local school visits.

Camden Highline - Bird and insect habitats in the Wilds

The Camden Highline will continue the work achieved by the Kings Cross redevelopment project (Coal Drops Yard) in enlivening the local economy and creating a vibrant and connected neighborhood.

Coal Drops Yard development, King's Cross

It is set to become a focal point for the community, fostering a sense of belonging and ownership over the local environment.

The Camden Highline will offer local artists a place to work and showcase their artwork, helping residents feel a deeper connection to the history and culture of King’s Cross, Camden and Islington.

Camden Highline - Trainspotting and gardening at the railway gardens.

The Camden Highline charity are now looking for donors to help it meet the initial £14m cost to begin construction. If all goes according to plan, the first stage (between Camden Gardens and Camden Road) will be completed by 2025.

Camden Highline Phase 1 - Camden Gardens, looking north

So, what are you waiting for?

Be a part of history and support the Camden Highline charity today.

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  • Keep me posted please

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