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!
If you are attending one of our Copenhagen Fields ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours and would like to collect your mug then, please select ‘local pickup’ at the checkout and we’ll reserve it for you. Likewise Club members can pick up their mugs at Thursday club meetings.
*more details in the book ‘An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station’ by Haslam & Thompson.