‘During his lifetime as Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and King George IV seedy Battlebridge was not a place the aristocracy liked to promenade. He only became linked with with the area as his death approached in June 1830 as a gigantic statue was planned at the centre of the crossroads. This was to uplift the area as part of a grand entertainment complex, the Panarmonium. Henceforth the area was to be known as King’s Cross. The placing of the central statue can be seen in this map of 1830. The statue was demolished in 1845 to ease the flow of traffic.
‘Despite the Regents Canal being a short walk away, and despite the imposing presence of Regency architecture throughout London, the association between King’s Cross and the king is nowhere celebrated. To strengthen this link a plaque has been designed to the same dimensions as that celebrating the architect Lewis Cubbit, placed on the west side of the station facade. The blue background of Wedgewood pottery is used, so much in fashion at the time. It will turn out similar to the plaque celebrating George III’s physician.
‘To make such a plaque costs £581.40 inc VAT which will be raised by contribution, which can be as low as £1. You will only be asked to honour your contribution when a suitable place for the plaque has been agreed. Please email your interest and commitment to contribute please use the form below or mail Bob on firstname.lastname@example.org