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This map of the parish of Kensington shows the area just before the landscape was transformed from a rural to an urban environment. The fields, orchards, market gardens and farms can be clearly seen with only a few building developments along the major roads. Two events were to have a significant impact; the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the 'new' railways. Thirty years later only a few patches of open land remained the rest covered by bricks and mortar.
Location of original: Local Studies map collection
Copyright: the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries (RBKC Libraries)
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