King's Cross street naming competition announces first winner

A new street in King’s Cross has been officially named following a competition that attracted 10,000 suggestions from around the world.

Wollstonecraft Street runs next to the The Plimsoll Building and is where the new King’s Cross Academy and Frank Barnes School for the Deaf will open in September.

The street is named after Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th century writer, philosopher and women’s rights campaigner. Wollstonecraft lived in King’s Cross before her death in 1797, shortly after giving birth to Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Wollstonecraft Street is the first new street to be named as part of the 67-acre regeneration site behind King’s Cross station.

The street naming competition attracted entries from 95 countries. Entries were judged on criteria including their strength of their connection to King’s Cross and divided into themes such as station history, site history, rail industry connection, local people, local area and nightlife.

The competition organisers, King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), presented the shortlist to our customer services team, Royal Mail and the emergency services and together we approved 30 names for use.

10,000:01 exhibition

An exhibition marking the outcome of the competition opens at King’s Cross Visitor Centre on Friday 27 March. Titled 10,000:01, it includes a range of infographic displays developed to explain the selection process. The exhibition will run until Thursday 30 April from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Find out more at King’s Cross Visitor Centre.

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