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Kensal Green station, early 1900s

Kensal Green, site of England's oldest cemetary still in use.

Kensal Green is the site of Kensal Green Cemetery, the oldest English cemetery still in operation, which contains many elaborate Victorian mausoleums, including those of William Makepeace Thackeray and Anthony Trollope. Architects who are buried at Kensal Green are the famous Hardwick and Shaw family whose graves are by each others side.

Kensal Green is a residential area with good transport links to central London, surrounding districts include Willesden Green to the north, Harlesden to the west, Brondesbury and Queens Park to the east and Ladbroke Grove to the south. The names Kensal Green and Kensal Rise are used somewhat interchangeably by non-residents to denote the same district, although residents differentiate between the areas based on proximity to the local tube and railway stations.

Roughly speaking, the area west of Chamberlayne Road, north of Harrow Road and south of Kensal Rise railway station is considered Kensal Green while that to the east of Chamberlayne Road and north of the station is considered Kensal Rise. These boundaries are by no means fixed however and some residents are known to use both terms with little regard for geographical accuracy.

Kensal Green is first mentioned in 1253, translating from old English meaning the King's Holt (King’s Wood). Its location marked the boundary between Willesden and the then Chelsea & Paddington, on which it remains today. It formed part of one of ten manors, most likely Chamberlayne Wood Manor, named after Canon Richard de Camera (of the Chambers).

In the fifteenth century the then Archbishop of Canterbury Henry Chichele (1414–1443), acquired lands in Willesden and Kingsbury. In 1443 he found All Souls College, Oxford and endowed it with the same lands in his will. Resultantly, most of Willesden and Kensal Green remained largely agricultural until the mid-1800s, well into the Victorian era.
In 1805, the construction of the Grand Junction Canal passed through the district to join the Regent's Canal at Paddington. As the combined Grand Union Canal, this allowed passage of commercial freight traffic from the Midlands to London Docks, and hence onwards to the River Thames.

There were two dairy farms in Kensal Green by the early 1800s, which expanded greatly after the 1864 Act of Parliament which made it illegal to keep cattle within the City of London. Although by the late 1800s residential development had greatly reduced the farmland, still in the 1890s many sheep and pigs were raised in the district. One of the farms later became a United Dairies creamery, supplied by milk trains from Mitre Bridge Junction.

Rapid residential development led to local commissioners reporting in 1880 that there was inadequate drainage and sewerage facilities, with most houses having only improved access to what were the old agricultural drains. In that same year, All Souls College started to develop its lands north west of Kilburn Lane, including All Souls Avenue and College Road, with adjacent roads being named after leading Fellows of the college, and the installation of new sewerage facilities across the district. The college donated lands on which to build Kensal Rise Reading Room, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, in 1897. Opened by United States author Mark Twain in 1901, it was later extended and renamed Kensal Rise Library.

Kensal Green station opened on 1 October 1916 on the New Line on the north side of the existing London and North Western Railway (LNWR) tracks from Euston to Watford.

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Kensal Rise:   Former location of the National Athletic Grounds
Kensal Rise Library:   Kensal Rise Library was a public library opened by American author Mark Twain.
Princess Frederica School:   Princess Frederica School on the corner of College Road and Purves Road, NW10.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Harrow Road, Kensal Green (1900s):   The corner of Ravensworth Road and Harrow Road in NW10.
Rural Chamberlayne Road (1900s):   Until after the first world war, the area north of Kensal Rise was still fields.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Alma Place, NW10 · Ashburnham Road, NW10 · Bathurst Gardens, NW10 · Bayford Road, NW10 · Bolton Gardens, NW10 · Buller Road, NW10 · Burrows Road, NW10 · Chamberlayne Road, NW10 · Clifford Gardens, NW10 · College Road, NW10 · Compton Road, NW10 · Earlsmead Road, NW10 · Felixstowe Road, NW10 · Greyhound Road, NW10 · Hazel Road, NW10 · Hiley Road, NW10 · Keslake Mansions, NW10 · Langler Road, NW10 · Leigh Gardens, NW10 · Linden Avenue, NW10 · Mortimer Road, NW10 · Pember Road, NW10 · Plough Close, NW10 · Purves Road, NW10 · Rainham Road, NW10 · Ravensworth Road, NW10 · Regent Street, NW10 · Victor Road, NW10 · Wakeman Road, NW10 · Warfield Road, NW10 · Wellington Road, NW10 ·


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