The patch

It seems crazy but the boundary for the area ‘King’s Cross’ is hotly debated. There’s a ward to the south east of the station, there’s an area to the north east of the station, there’s King’s Cross station and the old railway lands behind it – now branded as King’s Cross aka N1C aka King’s Cross Central…

None of these really encompasses how people actually identify with the area they are in. So, we came up with a nifty idea – we cover the area a half mile from the perimeter of King’s Cross Station.

People who live, work, study or play in that area tend to think of themselves as being in King’s Cross, or at the very least experience the immediate impact of besing sited next to this massive transport hub.

There’s even a problem with that though. This half mile radius is split by two borough boundaries, two parliamentary constituencies, several railway lines, the Regent’s Canal and the A501 ring road (Pentonville Road, Euston Road and the much hated one-way traffic gyratory system). However, we think those splits do not detract from people here identifying themselves as being in King’s Cross.

We’ve produced a clickable map on Google which summarises our database of contacts. It includes community groups, schools and colleges, green spaces, arts and cultural organisations and more.

We’ve broken the area down by ‘super output areas’ used by the Government’s Office for National Statistics so that we can keep an eye on things like population and how we fare in the Indices of Deprivation.