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Kentish Town is an area of northwest
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, immediately north of
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Camden Town
. Less than four miles north of central London, Kentish Town has good transport connections and is situated close to the open spaces of
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Hampstead Heath
.


Toponymy

The name of Kentish Town is probably derived from ''Ken-ditch'' or ''Caen-ditch'', meaning the "bed of a waterway" and is otherwise unrelated to the English county of
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Kent
. In researching the meaning of ''Ken-ditch'', it has also been noted that ''ken'' is the Celtic word for both "green" and "river", while ''ditch'' refers to the
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, now a
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. However, another theory is the name comes from its position near the Fleet; it has been suggested that Kentish Town, which lies in between two forks of the Fleet, takes its name from ''cant'' or ''cantle'' (from the Middle English meaning "corner").


History

Kentish Town was originally a small settlement on the
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(the waterway is now one of London's underground rivers). It is first recorded during the reign of King John (1207) as ''kentisston''. By 1456 Kentish Town was a thriving hamlet. In this period a
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was built for its inhabitants. The early 19th century brought modernisation, causing much of the area's rural qualities, the
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and the 18th-century buildings to vanish, although pockets still remain, for example
Little Green Street
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
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railway
, which can still be seen today. Kentish Town was a prime site for development as the Kentish Town Road was a major route from London northwards.
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Karl Marx
was a famous resident, living at 46 Grafton Terrace from 1856. Jenny Marx described this eight-room house in Kentish Town as "A truly princely dwelling, compared with the holes we used to live in" (March 11, 1861 letter by Jenny Marx, quoted in Rachel Holmes, "Eleanor Marx: A Life", Bloomsbury Books, London, 2014,P 10). 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,
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chapel
, and vicarage. One mission house of the area was Lyndhurst Hall which remained in use before being taken over by the council. The Council wished it to sell it for residential use, and the hall was demolished in 2006. During the 19th century and early 20th century the area of Kentish Town became the home of several piano and organ manufacturers, and was described by The Piano Journal in 1901 as "...that healthful suburb dear to the heart of the piano maker". A network of streets in the East of Kentish Town has streets named after places or persons connected with
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Christ Church, Oxford
viz:
Oseney Osney or Osney Island (; an earlier spelling of the name is ''Oseney'') is a riverside community in the west of the city of Oxford, England. In modern times the name is applied to a community also known as Osney Town astride Botley Road, just wes ...
, Busby,
Gaisford
Gaisford
, Caversham, Islip, Wolsey, Frideswide, Peckwater & Hammond. All these streets lay behind the Oxford Arms. Some of the freehold of these streets is still in the name of Christ Church Oxford. A network of streets in the north of Kentish Town was part of a large estate owned by
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. Lady Margaret Road is named after
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, foundress of St John's College. Burghley Road is named after
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, Chancellor to
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and benefactor of St John's. Similarly, College Lane, Evangelist Road and Lady Somerset Road are street names linked to the estate of St John's College. In 1912 the Church of St Silas the Martyr (designed by architect Ernest Charles Shearman) was finally erected and consecrated, and by December of that year it became a
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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
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in 1957). The present
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parish church is St Benet and All Saints, Lupton Street. In his poem ''Parliament Hill Fields,'' Sir
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refers to "the curious Anglo-Norman parish church of Kentish Town". This possibly refers to the former parish Church of St John Kentish Town. Kentish Town Road contains one of London's many disused Tube stations. South Kentish Town tube station was closed in June 1924 after
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at the
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meant the lift could not be used. It never reopened as a station, although it was used as an air raid shelter during World War II. The distinctive building is now occupied underground by a massage shop and on ground level by a 'Cash Converters' pawn shop at the corner of Kentish Town Road and Castle Road. There have been proposals to rebuild the station. Kentish Town was to see further modernisation in the post-
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period. However, the residential parts of Kentish Town, dating back to the mid-19th century have survived.


Political representation

Kentish Town is part of the Holborn and St Pancras seat which is held by
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MP and leader
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as of September 2021. Kentish Town was an early base for the
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and in recent years the increasingly
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population has returned large votes for the
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and Liberal Democrat parties. In May 2006 the Liberal Democrats won two of the three Council seats in Kentish Town, strengthening this hold by taking the final seat in a by-election in November of the same year. In the Council elections in May 2010, Labour regained all three Council seats.


Demography

In the 2011 census, 53% of the population was White British and 15% were White Other.


Filming location

In 2002 the comedy and drama film '' About a Boy'' was filmed in Lady Margaret Road, which is located at the top of Kentish Town, and Oseney Crescent. Many of the filming locations used in the 2006 film ''
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'', starring
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,
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, and
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were in Kentish Town. In 1959 Lady Somerset Road and Oakford Road were used substantially for the filming of ''
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'', a film exploring racial tension in London, directed by
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. The
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pub was the location for the 1971 film ''
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. The 1993 comedy '' Bad Behaviour'', featuring
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and
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, was set in Kentish Town and includes scenes set in several local streets and the Owl Bookshop. The 1947 Ealing Studios film ''
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'' had scenes shot in Clarence Way during 1944 or 46 showing Holy Trinity Church with just the lower part of its spire still intact following the destruction of the upper section of the spire in WWII. The entire spire has since been removed leaving the church, effectively, with a tower. Kentish Town was also used as the location for the BBC comedy series '' Gimme Gimme Gimme'' with its main protagonists Tom and Linda living with their ex-prostitute landlord and upstairs neighbour Beryl at the fictional and suggestively named "69 Paradise Passage". In addition, the video of the
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track "
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" was filmed at Islip Street School and the park in Kentish Town. The Anglican Parish Church of St John Kentish Town, now known as "Christs Apostolic Church", was used by ''
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'' as the backdrop (in external scenes) exterior of the Church where Damien was christened.


Shops and businesses

In 2005, a survey of Kentish Town by the local
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claimed that out of 87 shops on Kentish Town Road (locally known as Kentish Town High Street), 53 were still independently owned. The high street is a mixture of national retail chains and independent shops, including a long-standing bookshop, several delis and organic stores. Many 'World Food' shops have opened up on the street. However, since 2009 there has been a marked increase in independent shops being replaced with chain stores including
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Pret a Manger
,
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, Caffe Nero and Sainsbury's.


Kentish Town Health Centre

An
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was launched by
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and Camden Primary Care Trust and James Wigg Practice to design a new integrated care centre in Kentish Town that would deliver a flagship building, new models of care, enhance integrated working and provide a model for future delivery of primary care throughout the country. Through this process Architect
AHMM
were selected and the building opened in 2008 and has since been credited with a number of awards including RIBA Award for Architecture 2009 and ''Building Magazine'' Public Building Project of the Year 2010.


Culture, bars and music

Pub rock is usually traced back to the "Tally Ho" in Kentish Town, a former jazz pub, where
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started playing in May 1971, and were soon joined by
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,
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, Max Merritt and the Meteors,
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and others. Other music pubs include the Bull and Gate which featured early performances by
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Blur
,
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PJ Harvey
, and
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. The
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is a
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pub at 292–294 Kentish Town Road. In more recent years, the area has continued the trend for the resurgence of real ale pubs like the
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award-winning Southampton Arms, the Pineapple, an
Tapping the Admiral
which was the CAMRA North London Pub of the Year in 2013. Many of these are stocked with keg and bottled beers from the
Camden Town Brewery
Camden Town Brewery
, located in the arches under Kentish Town West London Overground station. Kentish Town is also home to
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(formerly known as the Town and Country club), during the 1950s a cinema, and now a live music venue. West Kentish Town features many art galleries, studios and creative spaces includin
Spring Studios
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Leighton Space
Spring 2014 saw Kentish Town to get its first speak easy, 1920s style hidden bar, when Knowhere Special opened its doors next to Kentish Town station. In December 2014, the Victorian toilets on the corner of Highgate Road and Fortess Road were transformed into a cocktail bar
Ladies and Gentlemen
Torriano Avenue, dating back to 1848, is a Kentish Town street home to Pete Stanley, one of the country's best-known bluegrass banjo players; British actor
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; and The Torriano Poets, where local poets have met for over 20 years and still hold weekly public poetry readings on Sunday evenings: its founder was John Rety. The street is also home to two pubs, one being an 1850s hostelry The Leighton, the other The Torriano, which was for many years an old-fashioned community off-licence. They take their names from the local landowners, Sir David Leighton and Joshua Torriano, who developed the land for housing in the mid 19th century. One of London's most famous
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, Rio's, is in Kentish Town. The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town is one of London's leading Fringe Theatre venues and is run by Cutting the Strings.


''The Kentishtowner''

Kentish Town is home to North London's only daily online magazine
''The Kentishtowner''
founded in 2010, which discusses the area's arts and entertainments scenes, and features contributions from a range of broadsheet journalists and readers.


St Pancras public baths

The largest municipal building in Kentish Town is the
St Pancras
St Pancras
public baths, opened in 1903, designed by Thomas W. Aldwinckle. The large complex originally had separate first and second class men's baths and a women's baths, along with a public hall. Little of the interior remains intact. The baths were closed in January 2007 for refurbishment and re-opened at the end of July 2010.


Architecture and geography

Kentish Town has a fairly large boundary, stretching from Camden Gardens to as a far north as the Highgate Road/Gordon House Road junction near
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. Kentish Town generally includes the areas to the west, around Queens Crescent and to the east around Torriano. Many of the old buildings remain, albeit hidden behind the façades of modern shops or neglected.


Estates

Peckwater Estate is a large estate of flats in Kentish Town. It is located in the postal district of NW5 just off Islip and Peckwater Street. Next to the estate is Kenbrook House, another large block in the area, with a main entrance on Leighton Road. Adjacent from Kenbrook is the large Willingham Close Estate, another large estate consisting of four blocks. Hilldrop Estate is located in the easternmost part of Kentish Town, and adjourns Camden Road.


Notable residents

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* Jim Sturgess, actor and musician *The Roots, band * R. N. Taber, poet * Gillian Tindall, writer and historian * Roz Walker * Astrid Zydower, sculptor * Katherine Pierce, actress


Transport

Kentish Town has a range of transport connections: a mainline railway station on the St Albans/Luton Airport to Brighton/Gatwick line; Underground station, overground connection (at Kentish Town West and Camden Road stations) and multiple bus routes with the majority going into or around Central London.


Bus Routes

The following Bus Routes serve Kentish Town: London Buses route 88, 88 (24 hour), London Buses route 134, 134 (24 hour), 214 (24 hour), 393 and Night Bus Route N20.


Nearest stations

* Kentish Town station * Gospel Oak railway station * Kentish Town West railway station * Camden Road railway station * Camden Town tube station * Caledonian Road tube station


Neighbouring areas

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Camden Town
and Chalk Farm to the south * Barnsbury to the south-east * Tufnell Park and Nag's Head, London, Holloway to the east *
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and Archway, London, Archway to the north-east * Highgate to the north * Hampstead and Belsize Park to the west


Footnotes


References

* * {{Authority control Kentish Town, Areas of London Districts of the London Borough of Camden Places formerly in Middlesex