Kensal Town is a residential area of Kensal Green in Northwest London. It is located at the boundary of the Brent and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, at grid reference TQ243821 and forms the southern and eastern part of Kensal Green.[1] It is included in the W postcode area and was first recorded in 1876 as Kensal New Town.[2] This name had been used since the 1840s to distinguish the area south of the Harrow Road where new housing was largely occupied by Irish immigrants. By the late 19th century, the area had deteriorated into a slum, though much of these were cleared and replaced with council housing during the mid-20th century.Confusingly, the 'Queens Park Estate' is actually in Kensal Town. [3][4]

It was a detached part of the ancient parish of St Luke Chelsea, and was also known as Chelsea-in-the-Wilderness or the Hamlet of Kensal Town.[5]

During the 19th century, the dog dealer Bill George's 'Canine Castle' establishment was on the Kensal Road.

Kensal Town is recorded in the 1861 England Census as the birthplace of a resident of St. Pancras and in the 1851 Census as a village in its own right.

The area today houses the unique looking tower block Trellick Tower, designed by architect Ernő Goldfinger.


  1. ^ Willey, Russ. Chambers London Gazetter, p 268.
  2. ^ Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)
  3. ^ Willey, Russ. Chambers London Gazetter, p 268.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Page 12: Chelsea-in-the-Wilderness, now Kensal". Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved 10 June 2015.