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Kensington (Chenesit) began in Anglo Saxon times as a farming settlement. During the Norman conquest the De Vere family were holders of the manor and remained so until the 16c. During the 1600's a number of large mansions were built which had all the advantage of a country estate while being close the metropolis of London. In 1689 the clean air and genteel quality of the area prompted King William 111 to buy Nottingham House and convert it into Kensington Palace. So by the end of the 1600's it had become an elegant unhurried place of around 1,000 people. It became known as the London County Village and with its genteel grace could still be called that today. It became the "Royal Borough" as a result of Queen Victoria's birth in Kensington Palace.

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Earls Court

Notting Hill Gate


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