It is sometimes the smallest structures that can lead to significant restoration projects and a case in point was recognised at the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards. When the main work was undertaken on the restoration at St Pancras the small drinking fountain, installed at private expense through the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association and dedicated to a Captain Robert Hansler who died in 1877, was omitted. However, in early 2018 work started, after careful evaluation, on a five-month project costing some £40,000 to restore the facility. The quality of the work undertaken and the level of research required were reflected when, in December 2018, it was announced that HS1 had been awarded the Supporters Award for the restoration at a ceremony held in Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. On Wednesday 26 June 2019 representatives of HS1, the award sponsors and the National Railway Heritage Awards gathered to see the plaque officially unveiled in a temporary location alongside the fountain. In due course, the plaque will grace the offices of HS1.

St Pancras fountain plaque unveiled
The unveiled plaque alongside the restored fountain at St Pancras on Wednesday 26 June with, from left, Chris Smyth, of the Heritage Railway Association and a trustee of the National Railway Heritage Awards, John Evans, B2D (contractor), Dr Mark Brown, Development Director of Amey Consulting, John Ellis, chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, Josie Murray, HS1 Senior Heritage Advisor, and Richard Armstrong, HS1 Project Manager. (Photograph taken by Sam Lane)
St Pancras fountain plaque unveiled
The restored fountain at St Pancras; although a relatively small structure, the complexity of the restoration was considerable and included the careful dismantling of the structure as well as the retention of its original brick base and the cleaning of the stonework by a specialist masonry conservator.