Kentish Town History Books

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“A masterpiece of local history, by the Queen of the genre; Gillian Tindall has acquired a devoted readership through her lovingly researched works, such as the prize-winning “The House” by the Thames and “Celestine: Voices from a French Village”. A journey through time: from a scattering of cottages along a pre-roman horse track, to a medieval parish and staging post for travellers, onwards into a prosperous Tudor village favoured by gentlemen for their country seats and an 18th century resort of pleasure gardens eventually transformed by a warren of railway lines into a thickly populated working-class district. Fragments of this past can still be found by the observant eye. This is one of a precious handful of books (such as Montaillou and Akenfield) that in their precise examination of a particular locality open our understanding of the universal themes of the past. In this case it is Kentish Town in London that reveals its complex secrets to us, through the resurrection of its now buried rivers and wells, coaching house, landlords, traders, and simple tenants.”
The Fields Beneath

“This elegant publication visits over thirty remarkable locations within twenty minutes’ stroll of Kentish Town station, and tells their curious stories. Anarchists, poets, exiles, artists, African revolutionaries, 1930s fascists, all have left their mark in and around NW5. Do you know about the North London rent strike that inspired a Peggy Seeger song … or the horse tunnels built under the canals … or the spot where the long lost Fleet river breaks cover? This book brings you the last hurrah of the ‘beanfeast’ … a contemporary echo of the Crimea … the most touching of First World War memorials. You can follow in the tracks of the old piano industry, come across the craziest of London’s parish churches and hunt down a beery elephant’s head. The artist-designed map encourages readers to follow in the authors footsteps, across Kentish Town and around, from Regent’s Park to Tufnell Park, from Camden Town to Dartmouth Park, exploring hidden nooks and crannies and the memorable tales attached to them. All the locations are brought to life by stunning photographs, new and old, with expert design and layout throughout.”
Curious Kentish Town

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