Category Archives: Kings Cross local history

Fabulous ‘new’ 1895 map of Kings Cross online – five feet to the mile!

A wonderful online presentation of the 1893-95 Ordnance Survey sheets for London are available from the National Library for Scotland.  At this astonishing scale the detail is exquisite, even within some buildings such as the train stations (predating Google by … Continue reading

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From sex to shopping, a Kings Cross journey

Kings Cross used to be synonymous with its seedy sex industry – street workers, dodgy hotels and a Michael Porter-type cluster of  sex shops and the like.  The street workers seem to have gone (hopefully to somewhere safer) the hotels … Continue reading

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Kings Cross dashboard – can we bring to life the Knowledge Quarter’s knowledge?

A couple of years ago the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at the UCL Bartlett School, based on Tottenham Court Road produced this great City Dashboard that puts flesh on the bones of all the ‘smart city’ and ‘big data’ guff. … Continue reading

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Local Kings Cross memories from 7 July 2005

If local people would like to share their memories of the events ten years ago please do so in the comments below (or mail me and I’ll post them for you).  It seems to be popular online as an act … Continue reading

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Wonderful, rather moving map of Islington’s dead from WWI – ‘the streets they left behind’ #WW1

Islington Council has produced a touching digital memorial to the boroughs first world war dead in a map of the houses to which 9,400 people did not return.  Have a look – it’s rather poignant to see the name and … Continue reading

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Help Bob Stuckey create a plaque to commemorate George IV – the ‘King’ in Kings Cross

Local Bob Stuckey has got in touch with a lovely proposal to raise funds for plaque to put the King back into Kings Cross – Bob writes: ‘During his lifetime as Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and King George IV … Continue reading

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A radical walk around King’s Cross

The local socialist café Firebox is holding a walking tour celebrating the radical history of the area this Saturday. Marx and Lenin were both said to have been partial to a drink in the Water Rats on Gray’s Inn Road … Continue reading

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Kings Cross cemetery station and mortuary Randell’s Road

A rare 1954 photograph of the Kings Cross cemetery station on Randell’s Road/Rufford Street, replaced in the 1960s by the concrete plant now owned by Cemex.  This was the London end of a short lived North London funerary service, rather … Continue reading

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