Kingsland  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kingsland like this:

KINGSLAND, a quondam hamlet, now a metropolitan suburb, in Hackney parish, Middlesex; on the Tottenham road and the North London railway, 2½ miles NNE of St. Pauls. It has post offices, under London NE, and a police station; and omnibuses run from it to the City. A lepers' hospital stood here in 1437; became annexed to St. ...

Bartholomew's hospital in London; and served as an out ward of that hospital till 1761. The main building was then taken down; but the chapel of it, under the patronage of the governors of St. Bartholomew's hospital, continued to be used till 1847. Extensive nurseries and market gardens were long on the E; but parts of these, and all the site of the hospital, are now edificed. A main street, called Kingsland road, goes northward from Shoreditch church; many streets branch to the right and left; and numerous houses have recently been built. St. Andrew's church, in Canal road, was erected in 1865, at a cost of £3, 200; and is a brick structure of varions colours, and of odd appearance, with square tower and zinc spire. Several Independent chapels are in Kingsland; and one of them was served by the Rev. John Campbell, the African traveller. The Birkbeck school here was erected in 1862; is of red brick and stone, in French Gothic style; and contains spacious rooms for boys, girls, and infants. The name Kingsland probably arose from Henry VIII. 's possessing some of the old hospital's land.

Kingsland through time

Kingsland is now part of Hackney district. Click here for graphs and data of how Hackney has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kingsland itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kingsland, in Hackney and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st November 2019

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