From its very beginning, King’s Cross goods yard had a staff food facility – this developed into the ‘Goods Station Refreshment Club’ sometime between 1873 – 1884, continuing to grow in size into the last century. We have a model of this building on our 2mm scale layout, Copenhagen Fields. The prototype building was demolished by 1970, but during recent archaeological excavations a significant number of remains of Refreshment Club mugs were found, stylishly decorated with red banding and a transfer-printed circular ‘G.N.R.’ logo *.
The Club has had facsimile fine china mugs made with the characteristic banding and motif. They are a good size with a generous handle and ideal for dunking biscuits!
Club members can pick up their mugs at Thursday club meetings by selecting ‘Collect’
*more details in the book ‘An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station’ by Haslam & Thompson.