Our area guide to Gospel Oak gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out. Postcodes covered by this area guide include, NW5
Gospel Oak Overview
The name derives from an oak tree, under which parishioners gathered to hear an annual gospel reading when the area was still rural. Lords Mansfield, Southampton and Lisburne were the local landowners when development began in the mid-19th century. Plans were drawn up for elegant streets radiating from Lismore Circus but after two railway lines were extended across the area the first buildings were two- and three-storey cottages for "navvies and quarrelsome shoemakers." Later the neighbourhood became more respectable and solidly residential - although in 1909 when John Betjeman's family moved to West Hill, Highgate they obviously felt that they were a cut above Gospel Oak:
Gospel Oak is an inner urban area of north London in the London Borough of Camden below Hampstead Heath. It bordered by the more affluent areas of Belsize Park to the west, Kentish Town to the south, Eastern Hampstead to the North and Dartmouth Park and Tufnell Park to the east.
Guide to Gospel Oak transport links:
- Gospel Oak (National Rail)
- Kentish Town
- Kentish Town West
- Kentish Town (256) (Zone 2)
Council Tax Rates
Gospel Oak is is represented by Camden Council, Islington Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.