Place:Kensington, London, England

Alt namesMetropolitan Borough of Kensington
TypeParish, Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.502°N 0.192°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoKensington and Chelsea (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough of which Kensington has been a part since 1965
Contained Places
St. Mary Abbot's Church
source: Family History Library Catalog


Kensington is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. In 1889 the parish was transferred to the newly-created County of London, and in 1900 it became Kensington Metropolitan Borough. Kensington Metropolitan Borough was abolished in 1965, becoming part of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Kensington is No. 16 on the map.

Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • A very useful FREE site for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800 is London Lives. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This site is FREE to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
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