Kenton, London

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Tower of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, on Kenton Road
Kenton is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population12,133 (2011 Census. Brent Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ175885
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHARROW
Postcode districtHA3
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°34′59″N 0°18′12″W / 51.5830°N 0.3032°W / 51.5830; -0.3032Coordinates: 51°34′59″N 0°18′12″W / 51.5830°N 0.3032°W / 51.5830; -0.3032

Kenton is an area of Greater London, England, partly in the London Borough of Harrow and partly in the London Borough of Brent, forming the eastern part of Harrow. The main road through the area is Kenton Road. Most of the district is part of the HA3 postcode, but the southern part is in HA9 and Northwick Park is in HA1.


The Windermere, located next to South Kenton station
The Beefeater Travellers Rest pub, and its adjoined Premier Inn hotel

The hamlet was recorded as "Keninton" in 1232. The name derives from the personal name of the Saxon "Coena" and the Old English "tun", a farm – and means "the farm of Coena" and his family who once lived on a site near here. Before the 20th century, the tiny settlement was concentrated around in what was Kenton Lane (the easternmost part of which remains as Old Kenton Lane to the east of Kingsbury station) and is now part of the present day Woodgrange Avenue and Kenton Road.[2]

The Windermere is a Grade II listed public house in Windermere Avenue.[3] It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors[4] and was built in 1938.[3] The Plough public house was Kenton's first, opening in the early 18th century; the current building is not the original. It is now an Indo-Chinese fusion restaurant and bar called Blue Ginger.

Local Primary Schools include Uxendon Manor on Vista Way and Priestmead Primary School on Hartford Avenue. The local high school is Claremont High School on Claremont Avenue off Kenton Road.

Kenton station was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 15 June 1912. The Metropolitan Railway's Northwick Park and Kenton station (later renamed Northwick Park) followed on 28 June 1923.


Nathans Road, a street near South Kenton station

The coming of the railways was soon followed by suburban development, most of Kenton being built between the Wars.

LCC Cottage estates 1918–1939
Estate name Area No of dwellings Population 1938 Population density
Norbury 11 218 867 19.8 per acre (49/ha)
Old Oak 32 736 3519 23 per acre (57/ha)
Totterdown Fields 39 1262 32.4 per acre (80/ha)
Tower Gardens
White Hart Lane
98 783 5936 8 per acre (20/ha)
Becontree 2770 25769[a] 115652 9.3 per acre (23/ha)
Bellingham 252 2673 12004 10.6 per acre (26/ha)
Castelnau 51 644 2851 12.6 per acre (31/ha)
Dover House Estate
Roehampton Estate
147 1212 5383 8.2 per acre (20/ha)
Downham 600 7096 30032 11.8 per acre (29/ha)
Mottingham 202 2337 9009 11.6 per acre (29/ha)
St Helier 825 9068 39877 11 per acre (27/ha)
Watling 386 4034 19110 10.5 per acre (26/ha)
Wormholt 68 783 4078 11.5 per acre (28/ha)
Chingford[b] 217 1540 7.1 per acre (18/ha)
Hanwell (Ealing) 140 1587 6732 11.3 per acre (28/ha)
Headstone Lane 142 n.a 5000
Kenmore Park 58 654 2078 11.3 per acre (28/ha)
(Royal Borough of Greenwich)
21 380 1598 18.1 per acre (45/ha)
Whitefoot Lane (Downham) 49 n.a n.a.
Source:*Yelling, J.A. (1995). "Banishing London's slums: The interwar cottage estates" (PDF). Transactions. London and Middlesex Archeological Society. 46: 167–173. Retrieved 19 December 2016. Quotes: Rubinstein, 1991, Just like the country.
  1. ^ Source says 2589- transcription error
  2. ^ Part of a larger PRC estate around Huntsman Road

The London County Council built the Kenmore Park cottage estate between the wars. There are 654 houses on the 58 acres (23 ha) site, a housing density of 11.3 per acre. (28/ha)

Thomas Francis Nash owned building companies which from the 1920s onward built numerous private housing estates in Kenton, Ruislip and other parts of the "Metroland" area of Middlesex. F. & C. Costin was another local building company that built much of Kenton between the wars. Local estate agents still use the term "Nash-built" or "Costin-built" to describe properties built by them in Kenton.

Culture and media[edit]

Apart from the infamous appearance of several of Kenton's streets in the "Gourmet Night" episode of the BBC-TV comedy series Fawlty Towers starring John Cleese,[5] the only known reference to Kenton in modern popular culture is the song "Kenton Kev",[6] by the Berlin-based punk-jazz band The Magoo Brothers on their album "Beyond Believable", released on the Bouncing Corporation label in 1988. The song refers to the "pleasant valley" high suburban boredom factor then prevalent in the area, and cites local characters and places, some fairly well known. It is said that "Kenton Kev" refers in fact to Kevin Jones, the US-based property magnate, who was actually born in Kenton. The song was written by Paul Bonin, Philip Ulysses Sanders and Melanie Hickford, all of whom grew up and lived in the area.



Bus H18 in Kenton Lane


The following London Bus routes operate through the area:

Route Start End Operator
114 Mill Hill Broadway Ruislip London Sovereign
183 Golders Green Pinner London Sovereign
223 Harrow Wembley London United
H9/H10 Circular Harrow H9: anticlockwise Harrow H10: clockwise London Sovereign
H18/H19 Circular Harrow H18: anticlockwise Harrow H19: clockwise London Sovereign


Stations in the area are:

Notable people[edit]




  1. ^ "Brent Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey maps, various, from 19th century to 1930s
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "The Windermere public house (1350348)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  4. ^ Brandwood, Geoff (2013). Britain's best real heritage pubs. St. Albans: CAMRA. p. 89. ISBN 9781852493042.
  5. ^ Torquay: the horrible truth, The Independent, 27 August 1999
  6. ^ GEMA work no.: 2142940-001
  7. ^ Jack Royston (31 March 2010). "Claremont High's Cup Glory". Harrow Times. Retrieved 29 March 2016.

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