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Map of Kensington 1879

Map of the parish of Kensington, 1879

The parish of Kensington 30 years later showing the transformation from a rural to urban environment. Kensington although officially part of the County of Middlesex in reality was now part of London. Between 1862 and 1878 32,000 houses were built in southern Kensington alone and by the mid 1860s with the arrival of the railway the Borough as a whole accounted for ten per cent of all buildings erected in London.

Location of original: Local Studies map collection
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