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Kingsbury is an area in the London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Brent
In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough had a total population of 2,022. This rose slowly throughout the 19th century, as the district became built up; reaching 5,646 in the middle of the century. When the railways arrived the rate of population growth increased...

, northwest London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

. The name Kingsbury means "The King's Manor".

History


Kingsbury was historically a small parish in the Hundred of Gore
Gore (hundred)
Gore was a hundred of the ancient county of Middlesex, England. It covered an area in the north of the county. According to it contained the following parishes and settlements*Edgware*Great Stanmore*Harrow on the Hill*Hendon*Kingsbury*Little Stanmore...

 and county of Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex is one of the historic counties of England and the second smallest by area. The low-lying county contained the wealthy and politically independent City of London on its southern boundary and was dominated by it from a very early time...

. Until the nineteenth century it was largely rural with only scattered settlements. Oliver Goldsmith
Oliver Goldsmith
Oliver Goldsmith was an Irish writer, poet and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield , his pastoral poem The Deserted Village , and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man and She Stoops to Conquer...

 lived at Hyde Farm in Kingsbury from 1771 to 1774. David William Murray, 3rd Earl of Mansfield was buried at St. Andrew's churchyard in 1840.

Although it lay close to London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

, development started slowly, and it was not until after World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

 that the district became built up. An aircraft industry was established in the part of Kingsbury adjacent to Hendon aerdrome during the war, while the road network was improved to cater for the British Empire Exhibition
British Empire Exhibition
The British Empire Exhibition was a colonial exhibition held at Wembley, Middlesex in 1924 and 1925.-History:It was opened by King George V on St George's Day, 23 April 1924. The British Empire contained 58 countries at that time, and only Gambia and Gibraltar did not take part...

 in nearby Wembley
Wembley
Wembley is an area of northwest London, England, and part of the London Borough of Brent. It is home to the famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena...

 in 1924. The number of inhabited houses in the civil parish increased from just 140 in 1901 to 3,937 in 1931. By 1951 this had risen to 11,776. Between 1921 and 1931 Kingsbury's population increased by 796%.

John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird FRSE was a Scottish engineer and inventor of the world's first practical, publicly demonstrated television system, and also the world's first fully electronic colour television tube...

's experimental transmissions from UK to Berlin
Berlin
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union...

, Germany were transmitted from the stable block of Kingsbury Manor, now the Veterans Club in Roe Green Park.

From 1923 to 1979 Kingsbury Road was the location of the Vanden Plas
Vanden Plas
Vanden Plas is the name of a company of coachbuilders who produced bodies for specialist and up-market automobile manufacturers. Latterly the name became a top-end luxury model designation for cars from various subsidiaries of British Leyland and the Rover Group.-Belgium:It originated in Belgium in...

 specialist motor body works, body makers for Bentley
Bentley
Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just "W O". Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later...

 and later part of Austin
Austin Motor Company
The Austin Motor Company was a British manufacturer of automobiles. The company was founded in 1905 and merged in 1952 into the British Motor Corporation Ltd. The marque Austin was used until 1987...

, BMC
British Motor Corporation
The British Motor Corporation, or commonly known as BMC was a vehicle manufacturer from United Kingdom, formed by the merger of the Austin Motor Company and the Nuffield Organisation in 1952...

, and British Leyland. The site is now Kingsbury Trading Estate.

In 1894 Kingsbury was included in the urban district
Urban district
In the England, Wales and Ireland, an urban district was a type of local government district that covered an urbanised area. Urban districts had an elected Urban District Council , which shared local government responsibilities with a county council....

 of Wembley
Municipal Borough of Wembley
Wembley was an urban district and later a municipal borough in Middlesex, England from 1894 to 1965.Wembley Urban District was created by the Local Government Act 1894 from part of the existing Hendon Rural Sanitary District, and originally consisted of two civil parishes: Kingsbury and Wembley...

. However as Kingsbury had only three councillors on the urban district council to Wembley's nine, Kingsbury's councillors felt the needs of the area were not well-served. In 1900 Kingsbury became a separate urban district with six councillors. The new council was immediately involved in controversy and in 1906 it failed to make a rate or meet its financial commitments. Following an inquiry initiated by ratepayers the council was increased to nine councillors, although personal difficulties between councillors continued for some years.

In 1934 the Kingsbury Urban District was abolished and merged once more in Wembley Urban District. The urban district became a municipal borough
Municipal borough
Municipal boroughs were a type of local government district which existed in England and Wales between 1835 and 1974, in Northern Ireland from 1840 to 1973 and in the Republic of Ireland from 1840 to 2002...

 in 1937 and in 1965 the area became part of the London Borough of Brent.

The first series of BBC children's drama Grange hill was filmed at Kingsbury high.

Notable people


  • Birthplace of Yes
    Yes (band)
    Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets...

     bassist Chris Squire
    Chris Squire
    Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire , is an English musician, known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes. He is the only member of the group to appear on every album.-Before Yes:...

  • No Doubt
    No Doubt
    No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California that formed in 1986. The ska-pop sound of their first album No Doubt , failed to make an impact...

     bassist Tony Kanal
    Tony Kanal
    Tony Kanal is an English musician, record producer and songwriter. Kanal is the bassist for the American rock band No Doubt...

  • England cricketer Mike Gatting
    Mike Gatting
    Michael "Mike" William Gatting OBE is a former English cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex and for England from 1977 to 1995, captaining the national side in twenty-three Test matches between 1986 and 1988...

     went to Fryent Primary School
  • Singer and songwriters Mutya Buena
    Mutya Buena
    Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena is an English recording artist who rose to fame as a member of girl group the Sugababes. With the Sugababes, Buena had four UK number one singles, an additional six top-ten hits and three multi-platinum albums. After leaving the group in December 2005, she released her...

     and Keisha Buchanan
    Keisha Buchanan
    Keisha Kerreece Fayeanne Buchanan is an English singer-songwriter and was a founding member of the BRIT Award-winning girl group the Sugababes. With the Sugababes, Buchanan had six number one singles and two number one studio albums, making the Sugababes one of the most successful British pop acts...

    , who both rose to fame as original members of pop group, Sugababes
    Sugababes
    The Sugababes are an English pop girl group based in London, consisting of members Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen. The Sugababes were formed in 1998 with founding members Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. Their debut album, One Touch, was released in 2000 under London...

    , were born and raised in Kingsbury and attended Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School is a large High School in Kingsbury, London, England notable for a number of reasons including its national reputation for Mathematics, its many eminent alumni and for the fact that the Upper School site at Princes Avenue, NW9 London, is recognisable to many British adults...

  • Footballer Stuart Pearce
    Stuart Pearce
    Stuart Pearce OBE is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of the England national under-21 team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team...

    , although born in Shepherds Bush, grew up in Kingsbury before he signed professional terms with Coventry City
  • Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts
    Charlie Watts
    Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of a jazz band, a record producer, commercial artist, and horse breeder.-Early life:...

     and James Hanratty
    James Hanratty
    James Hanratty , a petty criminal with no history of violence, was the eighth-to-last person in the United Kingdom to be hanged after being convicted of the murder of Michael Gregsten at Deadman's Hill on the A6, near the village of Clophill, Bedfordshire, England, on 23 August 1961...

     who was hanged for murder both lived in Kingsbury and attended Tylers Croft School.
  • Jet Harris
    Jet Harris
    Jet Harris, MBE was an English musician. He was the bass guitarist of The Shadows until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer Tony Meehan....

     who played with Tony Meehan
    Tony Meehan
    Daniel Joseph Anthony "Tony" Meehan was a founder member of the British group The Shadows with Jet Harris, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch...

     and The Shadows
    The Shadows
    The Shadows are a British pop group with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 as 'The Shadows' and 34 as 'Cliff Richard and the Shadows', from the 1950s to the 2000s. Cliff Richard in casual conversation with the British rock press frequently refers to the Shadows by their nickname: 'The Shads'...

     was born in Kingsbury.
  • George Michael
    George Michael
    George Michael is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley...

     went to Roe Green Primary, and spent the first year at Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School is a large High School in Kingsbury, London, England notable for a number of reasons including its national reputation for Mathematics, its many eminent alumni and for the fact that the Upper School site at Princes Avenue, NW9 London, is recognisable to many British adults...

    , before moving to Bushey and fame. His video for Round Here (George Michael song)
    Round Here (George Michael song)
    "Round Here" is a song by British singer George Michael from his fifth studio album, Patience. It was released on November 1, 2004 and reached number thirty-two on the UK Singles Chart. The song is about George Michael's childhood and how he remembers his first day at school...

    , about his childhood, features Roe Green Park, Roe Green Primary School, Colindale Snooker Club and other flashes of Kingsbury and Colindale
    Colindale
    -Transport:*Colindale tube station, on the Northern Line Edgware branch, is situated on the north side of the east-west Colindale Lane.-Development:...

    .
  • Julie Rogers
    Julie Rogers (singer)
    Julie Rogers is an English pop singer. She is best known for her multi-million selling song, "The Wedding".-Career:...

     of The Wedding (song)
    The Wedding (song)
    "The Wedding", sometimes credited as "The Wedding ", is a popular song from 1964 recorded by British singer Julie Rogers. The song was included on Rogers' extended play from 1964, which was also titled The Wedding, and has appeared on various compilation albums in the years since its...

     fame also lived in Kingsbury, as did Goldfinger
    Goldfinger (film)
    Goldfinger is the third spy film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1964, it is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film also stars Honor Blackman as Bond girl Pussy Galore and Gert Fröbe as the title...

     actress Shirley Eaton
    Shirley Eaton
    Shirley Eaton is an English actress.Eaton appeared regularly in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and achieved notability for her performance as Bond Girl Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger...

    . Both attended Tylers Croft Secondary Modern.
  • John Lingwood
    John Lingwood
    John Lingwood is an English drummer.John has played with many top people over the years Stomo Yamashta, Leo Sayer, Roger Chapman , Maddy Prior, Elkie Brooks...

     (drummer in assorted bands) went to Kingsbury County Grammar School
  • Dhiren Barot
    Dhiren Barot
    Dhiren Barot is a convicted terrorist from the United Kingdom.-Background:...

     (is a convicted terrorist) lived in Kingsbury and attended Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School is a large High School in Kingsbury, London, England notable for a number of reasons including its national reputation for Mathematics, its many eminent alumni and for the fact that the Upper School site at Princes Avenue, NW9 London, is recognisable to many British adults...

    .
  • Birthplace of Wycombe Wanderers
    Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
    Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football team from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, which has been promoted to Football League One after finishing third in Football League Two in the season 2010–11. The club's nicknames are "The Chairboys" and "The Blues", and they play...

     manager, Gary Waddock
    Gary Waddock
    Gary Patrick Waddock is a former professional and international footballer. He is currently manager at League One club Wycombe Wanderers. He formerly managed Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot Town...

    .
  • Baby D, singer ("Let me be your fantasy") lived in Kingsbury.

Neighbouring Areas



Buses


London Buses
London Buses
London Buses is the subsidiary of Transport for London that manages bus services within Greater London, UK. Buses are required to carry similar red colour schemes and conform to the same fare scheme...

 are also operating in Kingsbury. Although it is not that easy to catch a different bus route when changing, because all the routes are serving a particular area in Kingsbury. These are Kingsbury itself (Kingsbury Road), Kingsbury Circle, and Kingsbury Green.
  • The following buses serve the west of Kingsbury Road, and the station:
    • 183
      London Buses route 183
      London Buses route 183 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to London Sovereign.-History:...

      , Pinner
      Pinner
      - Climate :Pinner's geographical position on the far western side of North West London makes it the furthest London suburb from any UK coastline. Hence the lower prevalence of moderating maritime influences make Pinner noticeably warmer in the spring and the summer compared to the rest of the capital...

       (Love Lane) - Golders Green
      Golders Green
      Golders Green is an area in the London Borough of Barnet in London, England. Although having some earlier history, it is essentially a 19th century suburban development situated about 5.3 miles north west of Charing Cross and centred on the crossroads of Golders Green Road and Finchley Road.In the...

    • 204
      London Buses route 204
      London Buses route 204 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. This service is currently contracted to Metroline.-History:...

      , Sudbury Town
      Sudbury, London
      Sudbury is a suburb in the London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow, located in northwest London, UK.Sudbury is an historical area having once extended from the 'South Manor- Sudbury' to the area that is now known as Wembley Central...

       - Edgware
      Edgware
      Edgware is an area in London, situated north-northwest of Charing Cross. It forms part of both the London Borough of Barnet and the London Borough of Harrow. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London....

    • N98, Holborn
      Holborn
      Holborn is an area of Central London. Holborn is also the name of the area's principal east-west street, running as High Holborn from St Giles's High Street to Gray's Inn Road and then on to Holborn Viaduct...

       - Stanmore
      Stanmore
      Stanmore is a suburban area of the London Borough of Harrow, in northwest London. It is situated northwest of Charing Cross. The area is home to Stanmore Hill, one of the highest points of London, high.-Toponymy:...

       (Night Route)

  • The following buses serve Kingsbury Circle only:
    • 79, Alperton
      Alperton
      Alperton is a district in the London Borough of Brent in northwest London.There is a high incidence of Indians living in Alperton . There is also a small Sri Lankan community in Alperton , and 10% stated as others....

       (Sainsburys) - Edgware
      Edgware
      Edgware is an area in London, situated north-northwest of Charing Cross. It forms part of both the London Borough of Barnet and the London Borough of Harrow. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London....

    • 305, Kingsbury Circle - Edgware
      Edgware
      Edgware is an area in London, situated north-northwest of Charing Cross. It forms part of both the London Borough of Barnet and the London Borough of Harrow. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London....


  • The following buses serve Church Lane (Kingsbury Green), and the east of Kingsbury Road only:
    • 83
      London Buses route 83
      London Buses route 83 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to First Centrewest.-History:...

      , Ealing Hospital
      Hanwell
      Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent...

       - Golders Green
      Golders Green
      Golders Green is an area in the London Borough of Barnet in London, England. Although having some earlier history, it is essentially a 19th century suburban development situated about 5.3 miles north west of Charing Cross and centred on the crossroads of Golders Green Road and Finchley Road.In the...


  • The following buses serve Stag Lane and Church Lane (Kingsbury Green) only:
    • 302, Mill Hill Broadway
      Mill Hill
      Mill Hill is a place in the London Borough of Barnet. It is a suburb situated 9 miles north west of Charing Cross. Mill Hill was in the historic county of Middlesex until it was absorbed by London...


  • Overall, routes 79, 83, 183, 204, 302, 305, 324 and N98 serve Kingsbury.

School buses


There are a number of school routes serving Kingsbury, exclusively for the JFS secondary school:
  • 628, Southgate
    Southgate, London
    Southgate is an area of north London, England, primarily within the London Borough of Enfield, although parts of its western fringes lie within the London Borough of Barnet. It is located around north of Charing Cross. The name is derived from being the south gate to Enfield Chase...

     - Kingsbury (JFS) (journeys only towards Kingsbury. See 688)
  • 653, Muswell Hill
    Muswell Hill
    Muswell Hill is a suburb of north London, mostly in the London Borough of Haringey. It is situated about north of Charing Cross and around from the City of London. Muswell Hill is in the N10 postal district and mostly in the Hornsey and Wood Green parliamentary constituency.- History :The...

     - Kingsbury (JFS)
  • 683, Friern Barnet
    Friern Barnet
    Friern Barnet is a place in the London Borough of Barnet. It is a suburban development situated north of Charing Cross. The centre of Friern Barnet is formed by the busy intersection of Colney Hatch Lane , Woodhouse Road and Friern Barnet Road .-History:Friern Barnet was an...

     - Kingsbury (JFS)
  • 688, Kingsbury (JFS) - Southgate
    Southgate, London
    Southgate is an area of north London, England, primarily within the London Borough of Enfield, although parts of its western fringes lie within the London Borough of Barnet. It is located around north of Charing Cross. The name is derived from being the south gate to Enfield Chase...

     (journeys only towards Southgate. See 628)

Tube


Kingsbury itself has one tube station on the Jubilee line
Jubilee Line
The Jubilee line is a line on the London Underground , in the United Kingdom. It was built in two major sections—initially to Charing Cross, in central London, and later extended, in 1999, to Stratford, in east London. The later stations are larger and have special safety features, both aspects...

  • Kingsbury tube station
    Kingsbury tube station
    Kingsbury tube station is a London Underground station in northwest London, England. Although now only served by deep-level tube trains, the section of line serving the station is built to surface gauge and trains to that larger LU loading gauge occasionally pass through.-History:It was opened on...



Although in some places in Kingsbury, other stations are closer than Kingsbury:
  • Queensbury tube station
    Queensbury tube station
    Queensbury tube station is a London Underground station in Queensbury, London. It is on the Jubilee line, between Canons Park and Kingsbury, and in Travelcard Zone 4.-History:...


Local parks

  • Barn Hill Open Space
  • Fryent Country Park
    Fryent Country Park
    Fryent Country Park together with Barn Hill Open Space is a large park situated in the north of the London Borough of Brent. It covers 103 hectares of rolling fields and small woods.-Significant features:...

  • Kingsbury Green Recreation Ground
  • Roe Green Park
    Roe Green Park
    Roe Green Park is a park in the London Borough of Brent, northwest London, England. Its name may come from the Roe Deer that used to roam the area until the Medieval period at Roe Green House, on the site now occupied by Roe Green Village. The Barn Hill Conservation Group maintain the Roe Green...

  • Silver Jubilee Park
  • Grove Park Open Space

Schools

  • Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School
    Kingsbury High School is a large High School in Kingsbury, London, England notable for a number of reasons including its national reputation for Mathematics, its many eminent alumni and for the fact that the Upper School site at Princes Avenue, NW9 London, is recognisable to many British adults...

  • Jewish Free School (JFS)
  • Fryent Primary School
  • Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
  • Kingsbury Green Primary School
  • Roe Green Primary School
  • St Robert Southwell Primary School

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