King's Cross is a station in north-central London, which is named after the area of King's Cross. On a junction next to the station there was once a monument erected to King George IV, who served as Prince Regent from 1811 until 1820 when he became king. He died in 1830 and the monument was erected in 1835. It is thus King George IV that the King of King's Cross refers to. King George IV was unpopular due to his laziness, profligacy, indulgence and the way he treated his wife, and the statue wasn't very popular either - it was a 60-ft structure with an 11-ft statue of the king on top - and so it was pulled down in 1845. People still called the area King's Cross, however. Before the erection of the statue the area was a village called Battlebridge. I did a guided walk yesterday along the route of the old River Fleet and we began outside King's Cross station as Battlebridge was originally located at a ford and popular crossing place of the river.