In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Camden like this:
CAMDEN-TOWN, a suburb of London, a subdistrict, and three chapelries in St. Pancras parish and district, Middlesex. The suburb adjoins the north-east side of Regent's Park, 3½ miles NW of St. Paul's; is intersected by the Regent's canal and by the North London and Northwestern railways; and has a railway station of Camden with telegraph, a railway station of Camden-Road, and three post offices, Camden-Town-High-street, Camden-Town-Park-street, and Camden-Road,‡ all under London N. ...
W. It was founded in 1791; it took its name from the first Marquis of Camden, the lessee of the manor; and it contains good streets, crescents, and places. Here are a veterinary college, St. Martin's alms-house, St. Pancras' workhouse, a cemetery, with the graves ofDibdin and Sir J. Barrow, and the depôt of the Northwestern railway, with the stationary engines for drawing the trains up an inclined plane.-The subdistrict is bounded by lines along High street, the Regent's canal, Gloucester place, Pancras-road, Brewer-street, Skinner-street, and New-road. Acres, 171. Pop., 23,266. Houses, 2,550. The chapelries are Camden Town, St. Paul-Camden-New Town, and St. Thomas-Camden-New Town. Pop., 15,832,5,145, and 5,000. The livings are vicarages in the diocese of London. Value of C.-T., £300;* of St. P., £350; of St. T., £420.* Patron of C.-T., the Vicar of St. Pancras; of St. P., the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's; of St. T., alternately the Crown and the Bishop.T. church stands in Camden-street; was built in 1828; and has an Ionic portico. St. Paul's church stands in Camden-square, and is recent and elegant. St. Thomas' church stands in Wrotham-road; was built in 1863; has a well proportioned tower, with a spire roof; and presents a picturesque but foreign appearance. There are several dissenting chapels. Extensive public baths were erected in 1867; and a memorial statue of Richard Cobden, in 1868.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Camden in Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th March 2017
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