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A Quick Overview of Kentish Town
Kentish Town is an area of northwest London, England in the London Borough of Camden, immediately north of Camden Town. The name of Kentish Town is probably derived from 'Ken-ditch' meaning the 'bed of a waterway'.
Kentish Town was originally a small settlement on the River Fleet (the waterway is now one of London's underground rivers).
- It is first recorded during the reign of King John (1207) as kentisston.
- By 1456 Kentish Town was a thriving hamlet.
- In this period a chapel of ease was built for its inhabitants.