Grafton Road, NW5

Road in/near Kentish Town

 HOME  ·  ARTICLE  ·  MAPS  ·  STREETS  BLOG 
(51.55009 -0.14911, 51.55 -0.149) 
MAP YEAR:175018001810182018301860190019502022Show map without markers
ZOOM:14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 18 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 18
TIP: To create your own sharable map, right click on the map
Road · Kentish Town · NW5 ·
JANUARY
1
2000

Grafton Road leaves Prince of Wales Road and takes a northwesterly trajectory to Kentish Town West and beyond.





CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


Comment
Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

Reply
LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

Reply
Comment
Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

Reply

Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

Reply
Comment
ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

Reply
Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


Reply
Born here
Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

Reply
Lived here
Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

Reply
Comment
Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

Reply

NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Benevolent Institution for the Relief of Aged and Infirm Journey The Benevolent Institution for the Relief of Aged and Infirm Journeymen was founded on 10 February 1837.
Kentish Town West Kentish Town West station opened on 1 April 1867 as ’Kentish Town’ and was renamed ’Kentish Town West’ on 2 June 1924.
Queen’s Crescent Market Queen’s Crescent Market is one of London’s oldest street markets, and is still held every Thursday and Saturday.

NEARBY STREETS
Aland Road, NW5 Aland Road was named after the Åland archipelago in the Baltic.
Allcroft Passage, NW5 Allcroft Passage was situated off of Allcroft Road.
Allcroft Road, NW5 Allcroft Road was built between 1862 and 1870 to links Queen’s Crescent with roads to the south.
Alma Street, NW5 Alma Street, like most ’Alma’ roads in London, marks the first battle of the Crimean War.
Anglers Lane, NW5 Anglers Lane once ran down to a small bridge across the River Fleet at a spot that was popular with fishermen.
Arctic Street, NW5 Arctic Street was Franklin Street until 1937.
Ashdown Crescent, NW5 Ashdown Crescent commemorates its former landowner.
Ashdown Street, NW5 Ashdown Street, now demolished, was named after Edwin Ashdown.
Athlone Street, NW5 Athlone Street is named for Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.
Azania Mews, NW5 Azania Mews is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Baptist Gardens, NW5 Baptist Gardens is a street in Kentish Town.
Barrington Close, NW5 Barrington Close is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Bassett Street, NW5 Bassett Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Carker’s Lane, NW5 Carker’s Lane is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Cathcart Hill, NW5 Cathcart Hill is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Cathcart Street, NW5 Cathcart Street dates from 1856.
Chaston Place, NW5 Chaston Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Church Avenue, NW1 Church Avenue is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Coity Road, NW5 This is a street in the NW5 postcode area
College Lane, NW5 College Lane is a street in Kentish Town.
College Yard, NW5 College Yard is a street in Kentish Town.
Cressfield Close, NW5 Cressfield Close is a street in Kentish Town.
Dalby Street, NW5 Dalby Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Deane House, NW5 Residential block
Elaine Grove, NW5 Elaine Grove is a street in the Gospel Oak area.
Evangelist Road, NW5 Evangelist Road is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Gilden Crescent, NW5 Gilden Crescent is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Grafton Terrace, NW5 Grafton Terrace is a street in Kentish Town.
Grafton Yard, NW1 Grafton Yard is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Greenwood Place, NW5 Greenwood Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Haverstock Road, NW5 Haverstock Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Herbert Street, NW5 Herbert Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Highgate Studios, NW5 Highgate Studios is a street in Kentish Town.
Holmes Road, NW5 Holmes Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Inkerman Road, NW5 Inkerman Road is one of the ’Crimean’ streets of Kentish Town.
Kentish Town Road, NW5 Kentish Town Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Kiln Place, NW5 Kiln Place is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Lamble Street, NW3 Lamble Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Lismore Circus, NW5 Lismore Circus was a former Victorian circus with six streets radiating from it.
Maitland Park Road, NW3 Maitland Park Road is a street in Hampstead.
Maitland Park Villas, NW3 Maitland Park Villas is a street in Hampstead.
Malden Place, NW5 Malden Place is a street in Kentish Town.
Malden Road, NW5 Malden Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Mansfield Place, NW3 Mansfield Place is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Marsden Street, NW5 Marsden Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Meru Close, NW5 Meru Close is a road in the NW5 postcode area
Modbury Gardens, NW5 Modbury Gardens is a street in Kentish Town.
Perren Street, NW5 Perren Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Quadrant Grove, NW5 Quadrant Grove is a street in Kentish Town.
Queen’s Crescent, NW5 Queen’s Crescent played a seminal role in the story of the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain.
Raglan Street, NW5 Raglan Street is part of the Kentish Town ’Crimea’ estate.
Regis Road, NW5 Regis Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Rhyl Street, NW5 Rhyl Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Ryland Road, NW5 Ryland Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Southampton Road, NW5 Southampton Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Spring House, NW5 Spring House is a block on Spring Place.
Spring Place, NW5 Spring Place is a street in Kentish Town.
St Ann’s Gardens, NW5 St Ann’s Gardens lies off Queen’s Crescent.
Talacre Road, NW5 Talacre Road was formerly Weedington Street.
Thurlow Terrace, NW5 Thurlow Terrace is a street in Kentish Town.
Vicars Road, NW5 Vicars Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Warden Road, NW5 Warden Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Weedington Road, NW5 Weedington Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Wellesley Road, NW5 Wellesley Road is a street in Kentish Town.
Wilkin St Mews, NW5 Wilkin St Mews is a street in Kentish Town.
Wilkin Street Mews, NW5 Wilkin Street Mews is a street in Kentish Town.
Wilkin Street, NW5 Wilkin Street is a street in Kentish Town.
Willes Road, NW5 Willes Road honours Lieutenant-General James Willes, Commander of the Royal Marines during the Crimean War.
Woodyard Close, NW5 Woodyard Close is a road in the NW5 postcode area
York Mews, NW5 York Mews is a street in Kentish Town.

NEARBY PUBS
Abbey Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Bull and Gate This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
George IV This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
O’Reilly’s This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Sir Robert Peel This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Blue Sea Fish Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Fiddlers Elbow This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Grafton This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Lord Southampton This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Kentish Town

Kentish Town is first recorded during the reign of King John (1208) as Kentisston.

By 1456 Kentish Town was recognised as a thriving hamlet, and in this period a chapel of ease is recorded as being built for the inhabitants.

The early 19th century brought a lot of modernisation, causing a lot of the area’s rural charm, the River Fleet and the 18th century buildings to vanish.

Large amounts of land were purchased to build the first railway through the area, which can still be seen today. Kentish Town was a prime site for development as the Kentish Town Road was the main route for the growing city of London to the South.

1877 saw the beginning of mission work in the area as it was, by then, poor. The mission first held their services outside but as their funding increased they built a mission house, chapel, and vicarage.

In 1912 the Church of St Silas the Martyr was finally erected and consecrated, and by December of that year it became a parish in its own right.

Kentish Town was to see further modernisation in the post-World War II period. This means that there are few signs of 19th century influence left in the area.

Today Kentish Town is a busy shopping and business area. It offers libraries, gyms and other entertainments to visitors and its community.

The station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1868 on the extension to its new London terminal at St Pancras.

The separate London Underground station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR), a precursor of the Northern line. The station was designed by Leslie Green with the ox-blood red glazed terracotta facade and the semi-circular windows at first floor level common to most of the original stations on the CCE&HR and its two associated railways, the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway and Great Northern Piccadilly & Brompton Railway which opened the previous year.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Click here to see map view of nearby Creative Commons images
Click here to see Creative Commons images near to this postcode
Click here to see Creative Commons images tagged with this road (if applicable)

In the neighbourhood...

Click an image below for a better view...
London bus ticket issued from a Gibson ticket machine which were in use from 1953-1993
Credit: The Underground Map
Licence:


Entrance to the Fleet River, c. 1750
Credit: Samuel Scott
Licence:


'The Benevolent Institution for the Relief of Aged and Infirm Journeymen' was founded in Kentish Town on 10 February 1837. The asylum consisted of the chapel and ten houses; the dwelling at the south end being appropriated for the chaplain. Each house consisted of eight rooms, two being allotted to each pensioner. As reported in 1843, there were thirty-six male pensioners and their wives in the asylum. In addition to the apartments, each pensioner received 8 shillings a week plus coal.
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Sainsbury’s Allcroft Road depot
Credit: J. Sainsbury
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Haverstock Hill station in 1905 with its entrance on Lismore Circus.
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Spotted playing games with London Borough of Camden traffic wardens. Probably not recommended.
Licence:


Sainsbury’s open its first depot in Langford Mews, Kentish Town around 1880. This was where Sainsbury’s smoked bacon and had stabling and warehouses to supply the growing chain of Sainsbury stores until the Company’s headquarters moved to Blackfriars in 1891.
Credit: https://www.locallocalhistory.co.uk/
Licence:


Little Green Street sign
Credit: Wikimedia/IMS
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Betty Scott at her greengrocer stall outside 159 Queen’s Crescent, Kentish Town (1914)
Licence:


Print-friendly version of this page

  Contact us · Copyright policy · Privacy policy