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Kensal Green Area Guide

History of Kensal Green

Named 'Kingisholt' ('The King's Wood') in 1253, the name Kensal Green is first mentioned in the 16th century.

The land in the surrounding areas was owned by the Countess of Richmond (the mother of King Henry VII) and All Souls' College, Oxford. It was primarily a rural area with farmland.

All Souls' Cemetery was opened in 1833 to solve the problem with burial grounds in London. As with so many other areas, the railways in the mid 19th century brought the influx of people and the Kensal Green became a suburb of London.

Large scale housing construction followed, mainly two-storey cottages. Sanitation was poor in the area. Despite gifts of land, libraries and clubs by Victorian philanthropists, Kensal Green had a reputation of being a bit of a slum.

At the turn of the century many houses were overcrowded and lack full amenities. As late as 1971 25% of Kensal Green housing lacked full amenities. Not enough attempts to redevelop the area in the 1950s–1970s were made. This saved Kensal Green's many Victorian houses which have all been renovated now.


Places of interest

Kensal Green Cemetery


Transport Links Visit Transport for London for more information

Kensal Green– Bakerloo line & Rail
Kensal Rise


Local Authority

Brent –

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