Kenton, London

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Kenton
Travellers Rest, Kenton, HA3 (5890534036).jpg
The Beefeater Travellers Rest pub, and its adjoined Premier Inn hotel
Kenton is located in Greater London
Kenton
Kenton
Location within Greater London
Population35,600 (2015 data, Kenton ward; Kenton East ward; Kenton West ward.)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ175885
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHARROW
Postcode districtHA3
Dialling code020
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
UK
England
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51°35′16″N 0°18′31″W / 51.5878°N 0.3086°W / 51.5878; -0.3086Coordinates: 51°35′16″N 0°18′31″W / 51.5878°N 0.3086°W / 51.5878; -0.3086

Kenton is a district that spans the boundary between Harrow and Brent to the east of Harrow in Greater London, historically in Middlesex. The main road through the area is Kenton Road, which also forms the boundary between the London boroughs of Harrow and Wembley, now part of Brent; the section East of the junction with Woodcock Hill was originally the Eastern extent of Kenton Lane running to the far side of what is modern Kingsbury.[2] Today Kenton covers a relatively sizable area to the east/northeast of Harrow, with a more distinct South Kenton part to the south.

History[edit]

The London to Birmingham railway, train photographed near present-day Kenton (1839)
The Windermere, located next to South Kenton station

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.[3]

The Windermere is a Grade II listed public house in Windermere Avenue.[4] It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors[5] and was built in 1938.[4] 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.

Geography[edit]

The Wealdstone Brook by a footbridge near Shaftesbury Drive

From its original location near The Grange, Kenton expanded toward Wealdstone, Wembley and Stanmore after the opening of Kenton station on the Euston to Watford Junction railway in 1912 and grew into a suburb of London from the 1920s.

The South Kenton area is distinct from Kenton, being almost contiguous with North Wembley and Preston.[6] It is entirely within Brent.

Most of the district is part of the HA3 postcode, but the southern part is in HA9 and Northwick Park is in HA1.

Waterways[edit]

The Wealdstone Brook is the only visible waterway within the area. It has two branches, one originating in Wealdstone and the other in Stanmore; these combine underground near the junction of Kenton Lane and Kenton Road. The Western (Wealdstone) branch is in culvert as far as the south side of the Kenton Recreation Ground; the Eastern (Stanmore) branch is mostly in culvert from near the source on Clamp Hill to where it combines with the Western branch. It functions mainly as a land drain devoid of wildlife until it reaches Woodcock Park and was previously heavily polluted by run-off water and illicit connections from adjacent houses; a 2013 Thames Water project[7] in the vicinity of Woodcock Park identified 140 premises discharging into the Brook.

Housing[edit]

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
Pre-1914
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)
1919–1923
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)
1924–1933
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)
1934–1939
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)
Thornhill
(Royal Borough of Greenwich)
21 380 1598 18.1 per acre (45/ha)
Whitefoot Lane (Downham) 49 n.a n.a.
  1. ^ Source says 2589 – transcription error
  2. ^ Part of a larger PRC estate around Huntsman Road

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.


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,[8] the only known reference to Kenton in modern popular culture is the song "Kenton Kev",[9] 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.

Demography[edit]

Kenton is represented by three electoral wards: Kenton East and Kenton West in Harrow, and Kenton in Brent. All together the population was 35,600 as of 2015.[1]

Kenton has a high degree of its population belonging to ethnic minorities, over 70% in all three wards and higher than the Harrow and Brent averages;[1] like much of Harrow and Wembley, there is a particularly large number of people from Indian descent.[6]

The Kenton ward in Brent has a female life expectancy of 91.6 years, which is the third-highest in Greater London. The male expectancy was 83.3 years.[1] The crime rate of Kenton East ward in Harrow was 33.5 in 2014/15, which was one of the lowest out of all wards in Greater London.[1] Kenton East also has the lowest proportion of bicycle commuters in Greater London, amounting to only 0.2% of the population.[1]

Governance[edit]

Kenton is part of both the Harrow East parliamentary constituency, most recently represented by Bob Blackman (Conservative), and the Brent North constituency which is represented by Barry Gardiner (Labour).

Public services[edit]

Kenton Library (1955)

Kenton Library, run by Harrow Council, is located in Kenton Lane. Kenton Ambulance Station is located at the eastern end of Kenton, near Kingsbury Circle. Northwick Park Hospital is located very close by Kenton.

Parks and sports[edit]

There are three large open spaces in or near Kenton: Woodcock Park, Kenton Recreation Ground, and Northwick Park directly to the west in the northern part of Wembley.

The Kenton Sports Club and its ground is located on Kenton Lane which consists of cricket, tennis and table tennis.[10]

Education[edit]

Secondary schools in the area are: St Gregory's Catholic Science College, Claremont High School, and JFS.

Religion[edit]

Kenton Methodist Church
Tower of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, on Kenton Road

Kenton has several religious institutions. Churches in the area include the Kenton Methodist Church, Kenton Evangelical Church, Kenton Baptist Church, and further east on Kenton Road are the All Saints Roman Catholic Church, and the St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church, one of the capital's few Greek Orthodox churches outside North London.[11] The building of St Panteleimon's dates back to 1932.[12]

There are two Hindu mandirs: Haridham Swaminarayan Temple on Woodcock Hill, and Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple by Kenton Road. Kenton is also home to one of the UK's Derasars on the east side of Kenton Road which serve followers of Jainism.[13] By Woodcock Park is also a United Synagogue.[14] There are no mosques in Kenton itself but the Harrow Central Mosque is quite proximate from some parts.

Transport[edit]

Bus H18 in Kenton Lane

Buses[edit]

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 Northwick Park Hospital H9: anticlockwise Northwick Park Hospital H10: clockwise London Sovereign
H18/H19 Circular Harrow H18: anticlockwise Harrow H19: clockwise London Sovereign

Tube/trains[edit]

Stations in the area are:

Notable people[edit]

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