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Camden; The Castle

In the civil parish of Camden.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Camden.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Middlesex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ28928455
Latitude 51.54517° Longitude -0.14162°

Camden; The Castle has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Nothing is known of a castle at this location. It is not documented in Cathcart King nor in Weinreb and Hibbert. (PastScape)

The "Castle" Tavern, in Kentish Town Road, stands upon the site of an older house bearing the same sign, which had the reputation—true or false—of dating its origin from the time of King John. The front of the old building had the familiar and picturesque projecting storeys, supported originally by a narrow pier at the side of a bolder one. The interior of one of the rooms had a fireplace of stone, carved with a flattened arch of the Tudor style, with the spandrils enriched with a rose and a leaf-shaped ornament terminating in a snake's tail. This fireplace had been for years hidden from view by a coat of plaster. It is possible that, in their ignorance of Gothic architecture, the good people of Kentish Town ascribed a Tudor arch to the early part of the thirteenth century. (Walford)

Marked on 1873 OS map as 'Site of The Castle' in the type face used for antiquities.
Even by 1850 the area was under London urban sprawl so medieval landscape now utter impossible to read although this does seem to be the meeting point for several roads. The nature of the Tudor building is unclear but the location is consistent with a coaching Inn, presumably one decorated with crenellations.
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