Posts Categorized: Local history

The story of Chris, living opposite Kentish Town West Station

Permission to reproduce this interview was given to IARA by Chris, and by the editors of the Ryland Road newsletter, which was produced daily for many weeks during the Covid 19 crisis. Corona diary Chris has been living under the bridge outside Kentish Town West station for several months now. He will be 61 next… Read more »


Before we start… please note this section goes over several pages and you need to spot the rather unnoticeable box at the foot of each page to arrow yourself into the next page. This part of the website consists of: 1. some quite old postings of a History of the Area in Maps – (ignore… Read more »

History of the Gates by Pamela Taylor

I live at 40 Prince of Wales Road, the first house in the terrace between Hampstead Gates and the railway bridge, and I’m one of the writers for Alan Godfrey who publishes reprints of large-scale OS maps with accompanying historical notes.   The map dates range from the 1860s to the 1930s, the scale is usually… Read more »

Pearly whites – false teeth in Anglers Lane – from our Special History Correspondent – Sara (13)

Claudius Ash (1792-1854) began his career as a goldsmith, but turned his skills to dentistry and manufacture of dental equipment, including artificial/false teeth.   Prior to his involvement, replacement teeth were either (very gruesomely) gathered from bodies on battlefields, or (cruel to animals) made from hippopotamus or walrus ivory, which were prone to discolouration. Ash’s idea… Read more »

Impressionism’s debt to Kentish Town – by Martin

[Some of you may have been on the excellent walk in our area guided by Daniel Hausherr, a Camden guide. I have compiled this using his notes, and adding material I have found elsewhere.]  This story begins in 1832, with the establishment of Winsor & Newton, famous for the artists materials that it makes. William Winsor was a scientist… Read more »