A Photographic Tour of London’s King Cross in 1990 by Peter Marshall

In 1990, Kings Cross was an area in London that was undergoing significant redevelopment. The area had a history of being a major transportation hub, with the iconic Kings Cross railway station and the adjacent St Pancras International railway station located there. The area also had a reputation for being a bit run-down and seedy, with a high crime rate and a prevalent sex trade.

However, by 1990, efforts were underway to revitalize the area and make it a more attractive place to live, work, and visit. The British Railways Board had begun a major redevelopment of Kings Cross railway station, which included the construction of a new concourse and the restoration of the historic train sheds. The area around the station was also being transformed, with new office buildings, shops, and residential developments being built.

In addition to the redevelopment of the railway station, there were also plans to build a new shopping and leisure complex called “The Regent Quarter” in the area, which would include a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

However, despite the redevelopment efforts, Kings Cross in 1990 was still a largely gritty and run-down area, with a high crime rate and many vacant or derelict buildings. It was also a diverse and multicultural community, with a large population of immigrants and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Here are some stunning photos of London’s King Cross in 1990 by Peter Marshall

#14 Fete, Camley St Natural Park, 1991

King’s Cross derived its name from the sixty foot high structure which was erected as a memorial to King

George IV in 1830-35. Built at the junction of the New Road (Euston Road), Maiden Lane (York Way) and Gray’s Inn Road, this structure was removed within fifteen years.

#22 Gasholders, Culross Buildings, Battle Bridge Road, Kings Cross, Camden, 1990

#23 Dancers, Mural, Stanley Buildings, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, Camden, 1990

#27 Under the 1864 Viaduct, Kings X Goods Yard, King’s Cross, Camden, 1989

#30 Railway Tavern,Jaidee, SMT contracts, 26-30, York Way, Kings Cross, Islington, 1990, 90-8a-53 The Railway Tavern and I think the rest were demolished in 2003

#45 Connaughts, Kings Cross Garages Ltd, York Way, Kings Cross, Islington, 1990

#53 Ideal Stores, Jaguar Daimler Motors, Jahn, York Way, Kings Cross, Islington, 1990

#56 The Union Tavern, pub, Kings Cross Road, 52, Lloyd Baker St, Kings Cross, Camden, 1992.

A pub here in the 1740’s was called The Black Bull or The Bull in the Pound. It was renamed The Union Tavern in 1807 and rebuilt around 1820. The current building dates from 1878

#59 Dancers, Mural, Stanley Buildings, Stanley Passage, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, Camden, 1990

#68 King’s X, Railway Lands, Planning for Real, Tonbridge St, Kings Cross, Camden, 1990

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