Kenton is an area in northwest London, England, partly in the London Borough of Harrow and partly in the London Borough of Brent.

History

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.

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 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.

The main road through the area is Kenton Road.

The local school is 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.

Housing

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 nameAreaNo of dwellingsPopulation 1938Population density
Pre-1914
Norbury1121886719.8 per acre (49/ha)
Old Oak32736351923 per acre (57/ha)
Totterdown Fields39126232.4 per acre (80/ha)
Tower Gardens
White Hart Lane
9878359368 per acre (20/ha)
1919–1923
Becontree2770257691156529.3 per acre (23/ha)
Bellingham25226731200410.6 per acre (26/ha)
Castelnau51644285112.6 per acre (31/ha)
Dover House Estate
Roehampton Estate
147121253838.2 per acre (20/ha)
1924–1933
Downham60070963003211.8 per acre (29/ha)
Mottingham2022337900911.6 per acre (29/ha)
St Helier82590683987711 per acre (27/ha)
Watling38640341911010.5 per acre (26/ha)
Wormholt68783407811.5 per acre (28/ha)
1934–1939
Chingford21715407.1 per acre (18/ha)
Hanwell (Ealing)1401587673211.3 per acre (28/ha)
Headstone Lane142n.a5000
58654207811.3 per acre (28/ha)
Thornhill
(Royal Borough of Greenwich)
21380159818.1 per acre (45/ha)
Whitefoot Lane (Downham)49n.an.a.
Source: Yelling, 1995.
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

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", 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.

Transport

Buses

The following London Bus routes operate through the area:

RouteStartEndOperator
114Mill Hill BroadwayRuislipLondon Sovereign
183Golders GreenPinnerLondon Sovereign
223HarrowWembleyMetroline
H9/H10 CircularHarrow H9: anticlockwiseHarrow H10: clockwiseLondon Sovereign
H18/H19 CircularHarrow H18: anticlockwiseHarrow H19: clockwiseArriva Shires & Essex

Tube/trains

Stations in the area are:

Geography

Notable people