Kensington is an inner city area of Liverpool, England, known locally as "Kenny". It is located immediately to the east of Liverpool city centre, and is bordered by Everton to the north, Fairfield to the east and Edge Hill to the south.
The majority of Kensington is in the Liverpool City Council ward of Kensington and Fairfield, whilst the westernmost area, Kensington Fields, is included in the Central ward. According to the 2001 Census, Kensington had a population of 12,740.
The area is occupied largely by Victorian terraced houses. A number of local shops, including newsagents and convenience stores as well as some supermarkets exist along Kensington, Prescot Road and Edge Lane, the area's three main roads. Many shop fronts have been refurbished by the Government's New Deal for Communities programme. The area boasts a number of traditional Liverpool pubs. Kensington is also home to the historic Deane Road Jewish Cemetery, which was awarded £494,000 in 2010 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to aid restoration.
Due to its close proximity to the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool, Kensington has developed into a popular student quarter, composed mainly of University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University students. In 2001, 12.29% of the population of Kensington were registered students.
The northwestern area of Kensington features a series of streets named in honour of the Beatles, which opened during the early 1980s, these include: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive, Epstein Court, Apple Court and Cavern Court.
Community and regeneration
Since the year 2000, an influx of money from the 'Kensington Regeneration' programme has allowed improvements to be made to the local area, with run-down houses having been redeveloped, and street monitors put in place to maintain good social order.
Kensington Vision a project funded by Mersey Broadband and co-ordinated by Liverpool john Moores University ran from 2005 to 2006 giving away 150 free broadband connections and internet enabled freeview set top boxes, developing a community web hub and training the local community in web design and video editing and production skills. In 2007 Stephen Faragher (ex ICDC and Kensington resident) and Wendy Miller (local resident and Kensington Vision volunteer} Most notably they organised "Kenny Questions" a question and answer event and "The K Factor" Talent competition, both events were videoed and put on the Kennyvision Website. From 2007 Steve and Wendy renamed and incorporated the organisation into KensingtonVision CIC a Social Enterprise Community Interest Company established in May 2007, developing community Radio Project KVFM 2007 to 2010, which then became LCR Liverpool Community Radio in 2012.
The project is now Liverpool's only community radio station broadcasting online www.l-c-r.co.uk and is based in a shopfront studio at 53 Holt Road. Access to the broadcasts is also available via smartphones using the tunein application (www.tunein.com) and a bespoke LCR iPhone app available to download free from the Apple Store. Unfortunately OFCOM are not offering full time community fm licences in the Merseyside area so LCR will have to remain online only but this does not stop LCR have a growing worldwide listenership, in over 60 countries worldwide from as far afield as Nigeria to Nicaragua.
- Terence Davies, screenwriter and filmmaker.
- Natasha Hamilton, singer and member of Atomic Kitten.
- John Head, musician and lead guitarist of The Pale Fountains and Shack.
- Mick Head, musician and lead singer of The Pale Fountains and Shack.
- Paul Mason, FC Groningen, Aberdeen F.C., Ipswich Town F.C. and Woodbridge Town football player.
- Joe McGann, actor.
- Mark McGann, actor, director, and musician.
- Paul McGann, actor.
- Stephen McGann, actor.
- Ian McNabb, musician.
- David Morrissey, actor and director.
- Sydney Silverman, Labour MP, co-founder of CND, led opposition to capital punishment.
- Geoff Taylor, musician for Age of Chance.
- Phil Thompson, footballer for Liverpool, Sheffield United, and England.
- Colin Welland, actor and film director.
On 14 July 1958, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and other members of the Quarrymen skiffle group, which later evolved into the Beatles, made their first sound recording at Phillips' Sound Recording Services studio located at 38 Kensington, Kensington, Liverpool.
Millionaire John Elliott spent ten days in the district living in a council flat under state benefits as part of the Channel 4 programme The Secret Millionaire (episode broadcast 6 December 2006). He assisted a family living in a council house as well as paying several thousand pounds to a local asylum centre. Strictly, the road he lived on throughout his stay, Balmoral Road, is in the Fairfield district. Shots of boarded up houses, edited into the film to support the opinion from a local person that there was little sign of regeneration in Kensington, were actually from the Gladstone Road area of Edge Hill district and were scheduled for demolition (currently underway). The person being interviewed was at the time on Balmoral Road, approx 1 mile away.
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