Kentish Town

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Kentish Town
Administration
Borough:Camden
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Middlesex
Postal County:London

Kentish Town is a place in London in the London Borough of Camden.

History

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, although pockets still remain, for example Little Green Street. Between the availability of public transport to it from London, and its urbanisation, it was a popular resort.

Large amounts of land were purchased to build the railway, 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 then poor. The mission first held their services outside but as their funding increased they built a mission house, chapel, and vicarage. One mission house of the area was Lyndhurst Hall, which remained in community use for many years before being taken over by the Council and being run-down. The Council are now looking to sell it to property developers for residential use, amid some local opposition.

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. It can still be seen today along with the church of St Luke with St Paul and the Church of St. Barnabas (handed over to the Greek Orthodox Church in 1957).

Kentish Town High Street contains one of London's many disused Tube stations. South Kentish Town tube station was closed in June 1924 after strike action at the Lots Road power station meant the lift could not be used. It never reopened. The distinctive building is now occupied by a 'Cash Converters' pawn shop at the corner of Kentish Town Road and Castle Road although there have been proposals to rebuild the station.

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.

Anyone interested in further information about Kentish Town should read "The Fields Beneath" by Gillian Tindall, published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson (reissued 2002).

Kentish Town Today

Today Kentish Town is a busy shopping and business area. It offers libraries, gyms and other entertainments to visitors and its community. Notable shops include the independent Owl Bookshop, an old-ladies clothing store Blustons, and the discount -stretcher shop. Its proximity to Camden Town is ideal for further entertainment and a wider range of shops.

Kentish Town is currently served by several small independent mini supermarkets as well as a Somerfields and more recently a Tesco Metro.

Other

Other places of interest in the area:

Nearest stations:

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