Streets of Gospel Oak and West Kentish Town

Streets of Gospel Oak and West Kentish Town


In six walks through Gospel Oak and the western reaches of Kentish Town, this volume describes the history of an area that was green fields until the 19th century.  It tells of abortive plans for middle-class villas, Victorian terraces that deteriorated in places into slums and the comprehensive redevelopment of the 1960s – so comprehensive that the original street layout is in places no more. There are however pockets of surprising architecture on these streets not least some remarkable churches.  [More...]

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We meet with a host of notable people among them Karl Marx, George Grossmith (Diary of A Nobody) and Jerome K Jerome (Three Men in A Boat) as well as the music hall artiste Gertie Gitana who made Nellie Dean famous.