Kings Cross History


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'The area was known then as Battlebridge and we still have Battlebridge Basin, on the Regent's Canal, and until recently there was a Battlebridge Road. The origin of the name Battlebridge is not universally agreed. The bridge took the Gray's Inn Road over the river Fleet, which still runs in culvert through the area. The battle was said to be between between Queen Boadicea and the Roman general Caius Suetonius Paulinus, and to have taken place in AD61. Boadicea was Queen of the Icenii (an East Anglian Celtic tribe), and a doughty fighter against the Romans. Battlebridge is said to have been her last battle, in which she was defeated, later taking her own life. Legend has it that she is burried beneath what is now the station.'

'The origin of the name is simple, a statue of the King, at the cross roads of The New Road (Now Euston Road), Maiden Lane (now York Way), Pentonville Hill (now Road), and Gray's Inn Road. The statue was erected in 1830-36 and demolished in 1842 (statue).'

'The Regent's Canal was completed through the area in 1820 and this enabled urbanisation to accellerate. The Imperial Gas Light and Code Company built a gas works, supplied with coal by canal boat (from the docks), soon afterwards. More industry followed as the century unfurled and of course, the railways arrived. An Act of Parliament forbade the railways from coming south of the New Road so King's Cross, St. Pancras, and Euston were all built ajoining it. King's Cross opened in 1850 from a temporary station, with the present station opening in 1852.'



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