The King’s Cross building being demolished

#Picture Number BT31

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the King’s Cross building, London, being demolished in 1845; heaps of rubble are scattered over the crossroads. This octagonal classical building with a statue of George IV on top was designed by Stephen Geary and erected in 1830. It was used as a police station and then as a public house; there was a camera obscura on the top floor. A Victorian writer described it as ‘a ridiculous octagonal structure crowned by an absurd statue’.