Kentish Town

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Underground station · Kentish Town · NW5 ·
JUNE
19
2019

Kentish Town is first recorded during the reign of King John (1208) as Kentisston.

By 1456 Kentish Town was recognised as a thriving hamlet, and in this period a chapel of ease is recorded as being built for the inhabitants.

The early 19th century brought a lot of modernisation, causing a lot of the area’s rural charm, the River Fleet and the 18th century buildings to vanish.

Large amounts of land were purchased to build the first railway through the area, which can still be seen today. Kentish Town was a prime site for development as the Kentish Town Road was the main route for the growing city of London to the South.

1877 saw the beginning of mission work in the area as it was, by then, poor. The mission first held their services outside but as their funding increased they built a mission house, chapel, and vicarage.

In 1912 the Church of St Silas the Martyr was finally erected and consecrated, and by December of that year it became a parish in its own right.

Kentish Town was to see further modernisation in the post-World War II period. This means that there are few signs of 19th century influence left in the area.

Today Kentish Town is a busy shopping and business area. It offers libraries, gyms and other entertainments to visitors and its community.

The station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1868 on the extension to its new London terminal at St Pancras.

The separate London Underground station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR), a precursor of the Northern line. The station was designed by Leslie Green with the ox-blood red glazed terracotta facade and the semi-circular windows at first floor level common to most of the original stations on the CCE&HR and its two associated railways, the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway and Great Northern Piccadilly & Brompton Railway which opened the previous year.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


Reg Carr   
Added: 10 Feb 2021 12:11 GMT   

Campbellite Meeting
In 1848 the Campbellites (Disciples of Christ) met in Elstree Street, where their congregation was presided over by a pastor named John Black. Their appointed evangelist at the time was called David King, who later became the Editor of the British Millennial Harbinger. The meeting room was visited in July 1848 by Dr John Thomas, who spoke there twice on his two-year ’mission’ to Britain.

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Carol   
Added: 7 May 2021 18:44 GMT   

Nan
My nan lily,her sister Elizabeth and their parents Elizabeth and William lived here in1911

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT


Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.

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Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.


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Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Fumblina   
Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.


Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn

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BG   
Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1
LANCING STREET

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Added: 19 Dec 2022 20:09 GMT   

Tempest
I don’t know

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Kentish Town Kentish Town is first recorded during the reign of King John (1208) as Kentisston.

THE STREETS OF KENTISH TOWN
Allcroft Passage, NW5 Allcroft Passage was situated off of Allcroft Road.
Allcroft Road, NW5 Allcroft Road was built between 1862 and 1870 to links Queen’s Crescent with roads to the south.
Alma Street, NW5 Alma Street, like most ’Alma’ roads in London, marks the first battle of the Crimean War.
Anglers Lane, NW5 Anglers Lane once ran down to a small bridge across the River Fleet at a spot that was popular with fishermen.
Appleford, NW5 Appleford is a street in Kentish Town.
Arctic Street, NW5 Arctic Street was Franklin Street until 1937.
Ascham Street, NW5 Ascham Street runs west from Lady Margaret Road.
Ashdown Crescent, NW5 Ashdown Crescent commemorates its former landowner.
Ashdown Street, NW5 Ashdown Street, now demolished, was named after Edwin Ashdown.
Azania Mews, NW5 Azania Mews is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Barn Close, NW5 Barn Close is a street in Kentish Town.
Bartholomew Road, NW5 Bartholomew Road runs south from Leighton Road.
Bartholomew Villas, NW5 Bartholomew Villas is a street in Kentish Town.
Bellina Mews, NW5 Bellina Mews is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Brecon Mews, N7 Brecon Mews is a road in the N7 postcode area
Browns Lane, NW5 Browns Lane is a street in Kentish Town.
Burghley Road, NW5 Burghley Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Busby Place, NW1 Busby Place is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Carker’s Lane, NW5 Carker’s Lane is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Carleton Gardens, N19 Carleton Gardens is a location in London.
Carleton Gardens, NW5 Carleton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N19 postal area.
Castle Mews, NW1 Castle Mews is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Castle Road, NW1 Castle Road is a street in Camden Town.
Cathcart Hill, NW5 Cathcart Hill is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Cathcart Street, NW5 Cathcart Street dates from 1856.
Caversham Road, NW5 Caversham Road was named for 18th century landowner, Rev Robert South of Caversham, Cannon of Chris College, Oxford.
Caversham Road, NW9 Caversham Road is a location in London.
Charlton King’s Road, NW5 This is a street in the NW5 postcode area
Charlton Kings Road, NW5 Charlton Kings Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Cheriton, NW5 Cheriton is a street in Kentish Town.
Church Avenue, NW1 Church Avenue is a road in the NW1 postcode area
College Lane, NW5 College Lane is a street in Kentish Town.
College Yard, NW5 College Yard is a street in Kentish Town.
Countess Road, NW5 Countess Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Deane House, NW5 Residential block
Dowdney Close, NW5 Dowdney Close is a street in Kentish Town.
Dunollie Place, NW5 Dunollie Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Evangelist Road, NW5 Evangelist Road is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Falkland Place, NW5 Falkland Place once led to the Assembly House pub.
Falkland Road, NW5 Falkland Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Fortess Road, NW5 Fortess Road connects Kentish Town and Tufnell Park stations.
Fortress Road, NW5 Fortress Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Frideswide Place, NW5 Frideswide Place is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Gaisford Street, NW5 Gaisford Street is the southernmost street of the former Christ Church Estate.
Gilden Crescent, NW5 Gilden Crescent is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Grafton Road, NW5 Grafton Road leaves Prince of Wales Road and takes a northwesterly trajectory to Kentish Town West and beyond.
Grafton Yard, NW1 Grafton Yard is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Greenwood Place, NW5 Greenwood Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Hadley Street, NW1 Hadley Street is a street in Camden Town.
Hargrave Place, N7 Hargrave Place is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Hargrave Place, N7 Hargrave Place is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Healey Street, NW1 Healey Street runs from Prince of Wales Road to Castle Road.
Highgate Road, NW5 Highgate Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Highgate Studios, NW5 Highgate Studios is a street in Kentish Town.
Holmes Road, NW5 Holmes Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Inkerman Road, NW5 Inkerman Road is one of the ’Crimean’ streets of Kentish Town.
Islip Street, NW5 Islip Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Kelly Street, NW1 Kelly Street was built under the grounds of an inn.
Kentish Town Road, NW5 Kentish Town Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Kingsford Street, NW5 Kingsford Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Lady Margaret Road, NW5 Lady Margaret Road runs north to Ospringe Road with Leverton Street and Montpelier Grove running parallel to the east and west respectively.
Lady Somerset Road, NW5 Lady Somerset Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Lawford Road, NW5 Lawford Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Leighton Crescent, NW5 Leighton Crescent is a street in Kentish Town.
Leighton Grove, NW5 Leighton Grove is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Leighton Place, NW5 Leighton Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Leighton Road, NW5 The route of Leighton Road followed an original path from the Assembly House Inn on Kentish Town Road to Maiden Lane.
Leverton Street, NW5 Leverton Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Lewis Street, NW1 Lewis Street is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Little Green Street, NW5 Little Green Street was built in the 1780s and is one of the few intact Georgian streets in London.
Montpelier Grove, NW5 Montpelier Grove is a street in Kentish Town.
Northpoint Square, NW1 Northpoint Square is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Oseney Crescent, NW5 Oseney Crescent is a street in Kentish Town.
Ospringe Road, NW5 Ospringe Road is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Ospringe Road, NW5 Ospringe Road is a road in the N19 postcode area
Pandian Way, NW1 Pandian Way is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Pandian Way, NW1 Pandian Way is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Patshull Place, NW5 Patshull Place is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Patshull Road, NW5 Patshull Road is part of the Dartsmouth Estate.
Peckwater Street, NW5 Peckwater Street was built in the late 1850s.
Queen’s Crescent, NW5 Queen’s Crescent played a seminal role in the story of the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain.
Raglan Street, NW5 Raglan Street is part of the Kentish Town ’Crimea’ estate.
Railey Mews, NW5 Railey Mews is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Regis Road, NW5 Regis Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Rochester Place, NW1 Rochester Place is a street in Camden Town.
Rochester Road, NW1 Rochester Road is a street in Camden Town.
Rochester Terrace, NW1 Rochester Terrace is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Ryland Road, NW5 Ryland Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Sanderson Close, NW5 Sanderson Close is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Southampton Road, NW5 Southampton Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Spring House, NW5 Spring House is a block on Spring Place.
Spring Place, NW5 Spring Place is a street in Kentish Town.
St Mary Brookfield Hall, NW5 St Mary Brookfield Hall is a street in Kentish Town.
Stonegate, NW5 Stonegate is a street in Kentish Town.
Torriano Avenue, NW5 Torriano Avenue is a street in Kentish Town.
Torriano Cottages, NW5 Torriano Cottages is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Torriano Mews, NW5 Torriano Mews is a street in Kentish Town.
Wandsworth Place, NW5 Wandsworth Place is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Weedington Road, NW5 Weedington Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Wendling, NW5 Wendling is a street in Kentish Town.
Wiblin Mews, NW5 Wiblin Mews is a location in London.
Willes Road, NW5 Willes Road honours Lieutenant-General James Willes, Commander of the Royal Marines during the Crimean War.
Willingham Terrace, NW5 Willingham Terrace is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Wolsey Mews, NW5 Wolsey Mews is a street in Kentish Town.
Woodyard Close, NW5 Woodyard Close is a road in the NW5 postcode area
York Mews, NW5 York Mews is a street in Kentish Town.

THE PUBS OF KENTISH TOWN
Junction Tavern The Junction Tavern is an imposing Victorian building between Kentish Town and Tufnell Park.


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Lady Margaret Road (1905)
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London bus ticket issued from a Gibson ticket machine which were in use from 1953-1993
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Entrance to the Fleet River, c. 1750
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Children in Tufnell Park walk to school (1922) The junction of Fortess Roadd, looking up Dartmouth Park Hill, with The Boston pub out of shot on the right.
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Lady Margaret Road (1905)
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Little Green Street sign
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