Camden; The Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameCamden; The Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Camden
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCamden

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ289845
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  • Weinreb, Ben and Hibbert, Christopher (eds), 1983 (rev edn 1993), The London Encyclopeadia (Macmillian)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1
  • Walford, E., 1878, 'Camden Town and Kentish Town' Old and New London Vol. 5 online transcription