Tufnell Park

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Tufnell Park
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Administration
Borough:Camden & Islington
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Middlesex
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:LONDON
Postcode:N7 N19
Dialling Code:0207

Tufnell Park is a place in London which straddles the border of the London Borough of Islington and the London Borough of Camden.

Tufnell Park Road runs along the line of an old Roman road and for centuries the area was renowned for its dairy farms which kept London to the south supplied with milk. It kept a rural air well into the 19th century in its important role as a base for a number of dairies supplying the capital. In 1753 the area became the property of William Tufnell, who had attempted a building programme but for whom the leases he granted were left unused.

The estate passed to his brother George who married into a fortune owned by Mary Carleton in 1804, hence her maiden name appearing as two street names in N7. Serious building began from the 1850s. The housing stock was of a solid nature, and Tufnell Park kept its good name until the end of the century, when Charles Booth reported seeing an area "from which the rich are now going".

Tufnell Park was more fortunate than several of its neighbours. Whereas railway lines were sliced through Kentish Town and Camden in the 19th century, they by-passed Tufnell Park. Then as major roads were built in the 20th century, these too curved round rather than through the peaceful enclave.


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