Kingsbury

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Coordinates: 51°34′57″N 0°16′27″W / 51.5826°N 0.2743°W / 51.5826; -0.2743

Kingsbury is an area in the London Borough of Brent, northwest London. The name Kingsbury means "The King's Manor".

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History

Kingsbury was historically a small parish in the Hundred of Gore and county of Middlesex. Until the nineteenth century it was largely rural with only scattered settlements. Oliver Goldsmith lived at Hyde Farm in Kingsbury from 1771 to 1774. David William Murray, 3rd Earl of Mansfield was buried at St. Andrew's churchyard in 1840.

Although it lay close to London, development started slowly, and it was not until after World War I that the district became built up. An aircraft industry was established in the part of Kingsbury adjacent to Hendon aerdrome during the war, while the road network was improved to cater for the British Empire Exhibition in nearby Wembley in 1924.[1] The number of inhabited houses in the civil parish increased from just 140 in 1901 to 3,937 in 1931. By 1951 this had risen to 11,776.[2] Between 1921 and 1931 Kingsbury's population increased by 796%.[1]

John Logie Baird's experimental transmissions from UK to Berlin, Germany were transmitted from the stable block of Kingsbury Manor, now the Veterans Club in Roe Green Park.

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