Kensal Town

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Kensal Town
Kensal Town is located in Greater London
Kensal Town
Kensal Town
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London borough Kensington & Chelsea
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Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district W10
Dialling code 020
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Coordinates: 51°31′26″N 0°12′36″W / 51.524°N 0.210°W / 51.524; -0.210

Kensal Town is a district of London. It is located at the boundary of the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, at grid reference TQ243821, though the name is generally little-used, with most considering it a part of North Kensington.[1] It is included in the W postcode area and was first recorded in 1876 as Kensal New Town.[2] This name had been used since the 1840s to distinguish the area south of the Harrow Road where new housing was largely occupied by Irish immigrants. By the late 1800s the area had deteriorated into a slum, though much of these were cleared and replaced with council housing during the mid 20th century.[3][4]

It was a detached part of the ancient parish of St Luke Chelsea, and was also known as Chelsea-in-the-Wilderness or the Hamlet of Kensal Town.[5]

During the 19th century, the dog dealer Bill George's 'Canine Castle' establishment was on the Kensal Road.

Kensal Town is recorded in the 1861 England Census as the birthplace of a resident of St. Pancras and in the 1851 Census as a village in its own right.


  1. ^ Willey, Russ. Chambers London Gazetter, p 268.
  2. ^ Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)
  3. ^ Willey, Russ. Chambers London Gazetter, p 268.
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  5. ^ "Page 12: Chelsea-in-the-Wilderness, now Kensal". Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved 10 June 2015.