Metropolitan Borough of Kensington
Kensington within the County of London
|- Succeeded by||Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea|
(and Royal borough from 1901)
|Government||Kensington Borough Council|
|- HQ||Kensington High Street|
|- Motto||Quid Nobis Ardut (What is hard for us)|
Coat of arms of the borough council
In 1901 it was granted the status of a royal borough, and therefore from then was also known as the Royal Borough of Kensington. The status was granted after the death of Queen Victoria, in accordance with her wish (she was born at Kensington Palace in the borough). 
A number of street name plaques still bear the designation "Royal Borough of Kensington." Indeed in the 1971 Disney classic, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the sign for Portobello Road is shown fleetingly.
The Town Hall in Kensington High Street was an Italianate building dating from 1880 designed by Robert Walker. It was demolished "in controversial circumstances" in June 1982.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is derived from those of the former Lords of the Manor, and that of the parish church, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Area and population
The Kensington borough covered 2,291 acres (9.3 km2) once part of Kensal New Town (a detached part of Chelsea before 1901) became incorporated. The population of Kensington recorded in the Census, which excludes Kensal New Town before 1901, was:
- "The King has been pleased to direct Letters Patent to be passed under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, granting the title Royal to the Metropolitan Borough of Kensington, and ordaining and declaring that the said Borough shall henceforth be called and styled the Royal Borough of Kensington, and the Council for the Borough The Mayor, Aldermen, and Councillors of the Royal Borough of Kensington." The London Gazette: . 19 November 1901.
- Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea website
- (Civic Heraldry) accessed 15 Jan 2008
- Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV); Census tables for Metropolitan Borough of Kensington
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