KINGS CROSS STATION

King's Cross was a rural area until the development of transport systems began with the building of a road. The "New Road" was built in 1756 and was a mostly straight new route from Paddington towards the City. It is now the Marylebone, Euston, and Pentonville Roads. 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. Little of this is certain and much is probably myth! An alternative explanation for the name is that it is a corruption of "Bradford Bridge" which is derived from a name "Broad Ford". The name "King's Cross" was not used before the 19th century.

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