Kentish Town is home to everything you could ever want to have and all it is missing is you. It is in the north of London and a part of the Borough of Camden. It is bordered by Highgate to the north, Chalk Farm and Camden Town to the south, Holloway and Tufnell Park to the east and Hampstead and Belsize Park in the west. Other nearby places include Dartmouth Park, Archway and Barnsbury. The local postcode district is NW5.
It was originally settlement alongside the River Fleet which flowed through the area but now runs underground. Its first recorded mention was in 1207 during the reign of King John when it was known as Kenisston. In 1456 the region was a thriving village with a new chapel being built around this time. Kentish Town remained low key until the early 19th century when the area began to urbanise. Casualties of this were its 18th century buildings and the River Fleet. Some parts still reflect this time such as Little Green Street. The rise in public transport to here and back to Loudon resulted in Kentish Town becoming a popular resort. Much of the land had to be purchased and transformed for the railway to be built. In 1877 major work was undertaken to help the poor in the area and later a foremost piano and organ manufacturers operated here. The church of St. Silas the Martyr was opened in 1912 and formed a new parish and is just one of several churches in the area. Despite continuing modernisation many parts of 19th century Kentish Town still exist.
Kentish Town has often been used as a location for filming films and television shows. Many of the stores here are independently owned but numerous high street chains are represented and continue to grow. Several world food stores, a long active bookstore and several delis can be found on the main street. Pubs have always been important in Kentish Town, epically those with live music. Many modern bands and singers such as Blur, Ash, The Pogues, Keane, The libertines and Coldplay have perfumed here. Several traditional pubs have opened in recent years including the CAMRA award winning Southampton Arms. Former cinema turned music venue The Forum is popular as are art galleries, which are on the rise with some notable examples being Spring Studios, the Zabludowicz collection and Leighton Space. The largest public building in Kentish Town is the St. Pancras public baths which has been recently refurbished.
Many notable people have been born or lived in Kentish Town including politicians Patricia Hewitt, Tessa Jowell and Siān Berry, actors Roger Lloyd-Pack, Tom Conti and Jim Sturgess, musicians Eddy Grant and Bert Jansch, comedians Lucy Porter, Noel Fielding and Jim Jeffries, writers Karl Marx, Hunter Davies, Ben Goldacre, Margaret Forster and R. Taber, television personality Giles Coren and radio DJ Scott Mills.
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