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Kensal Green, Middlesex

Historical Description

Kensal Green, a metropolitan suburb in Chelsea, Paddington, Kensington, Hammersmith, and Willesden parishes, Middlesex. The suburb lies on the Paddington Canal, adjacent to four railways, and to junctions of them, 5 miles WNW of St Paul's, London, comprises Kensal Green hamlet and Kensal New Town, contains many streets and villas of recent erection, has a station on the L. & N.W.R., and is in the Western Suburban Postal District. The general cemetery was formed in 1832 by a joint-stock company, comprises 58 acres, is enclosed by a high wall and adorned with walks and shrubberies, and contains the graves of Dr Birkbeck, Sir M. J. Brunei, Calcott the artist, Allan Cunningham, Thomas Daniel the landscape painter, J. C. London the landscape gardener, John Listen the actor, Tom Hood, Dncrow the equestrian, Baife the musical composer, Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Harrison Ainsworth, Shirley Brooks, John Murray the publisher, Sir William Molesworth, two daughters of Sir Walter Scott, the Rev. Sydney Smith, George Dyer the historian of Cambridge, the Princess Sophia, and the Duke of Sussex. Many of the monuments are interesting, but some are in bad taste.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.


Online maps of Kensal Green are available from a number of sites:

CountyGreater London
Postal districtNW10
Post TownLondon