In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Kensington like this:
Kensington.-- parl. bor. and par. with ry. sta., Middlesex, in W. of London, 2190 ac., pop. 163,151; contains the South Kensington Museum, the gardens of the Horticultural Society, the Kensington Gardens (300 acres), which extend to Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace (the property of the Crown since the time of William III.), in which Queen Victoria was born. Kensington parl. bor. is divided into 2 divisions - viz., North and South-1 member for each division; it was made a parl. bor. in 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Kensington has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Kensington and Chelsea. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Kensington and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kensington, in Kensington and Chelsea and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th July 2015
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