Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906–1984) was an English poet, writer, broadcaster and railway enthusiast, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death. Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate, and a much-loved figure on British television. In the early 1970s, he began a recording career of four influential albums, in which his poetry was set to music.
In 2007, on the reopening of London’s St Pancras station, a statue of Betjeman was commissioned. This proposal, by artist Martin Jennings, was selected from the shortlist. The finished work was erected at platform level, with a series of slate roundels depicting selections of Betjeman’s writings.