How do you filter over 10,000 suggested street names down to just one?
In March 2013, a competition was launched asking members of the public to come up with names for ten new streets being created at King’s Cross. The response was beyond anything we anticipated, with over 10,000 entries pouring in – not just from people in the local area, but from all over the world!
This presented the challenge of how to choose a short list from such a wealth of suggestions. It resulted in a process that delves into the history of King’s Cross and looks at what and who have helped shape it into the place it is now, as well as looking to what the future might hold. The process considered not just the popularity of entries, but their relevance, local resonance, and reflection of the area’s rich history.
This new exhibition in the Visitor Centre reveals the winning entries and the fascinating story behind why and how they were chosen. Wollstonecraft Street is the first of these names to find its way onto a street sign. It will be the name for the road leading to the new King’s Cross Academy and Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.
10,000 : 1, Naming the Streets of King’s Cross will run from Friday 27 March to Thursday 1 May 2015.
See the exhibition at the King’s Cross Visitor Centre
11 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
Monday to Friday 10am — 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am—4pm