Our area guide to Kentish Town 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
Kentish Town Overview
Kentish Town is first recorded during the reign of King John (1208) as kentisston. By 1456 Kentish Town was recognised as a thriving hamlet, and in this period a chapel of ease is recorded as being built for the inhabitants.
The early 19th century brought modernisation, causing much of the area's rural charm to dissapear and the River Fleet and the 18th century buildings to vanish athough pockets such as Little Green Street still remain. Large amounts of land were purchased to build the railway, which can still be seen today.
Today Kentish Town is a busy shopping and business area. It offers libraries, gyms and other entertainments to visitors and its community. Its proximity to Camden Town is ideal for further entertainment and a wider range of shops and is a haven for independent shops. A survey by the local Green Party found that of 87 shops on the high street, 53 were still independently owned.
Many of the old buildings remain, albeit hidden behind the facades of modern shops or neglected, and it is still possible to get a good impression of Kentish Town's heritage in present-day NW5.
Guide to Kentish Town transport links:
- Gospel Oak (London Overground Rail)
- Kentish Town (National Rail)
- Kentish Town West (London Overground Rail
- Kentish Town (256) (Northern Line High Barnet) Zone 2)
Council Tax Rates
Kentish Town is represented by Camden Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.