History of Camden Town

Members from Rotary Clubs across London gathered at Camden Town Underground Station for a walk through the history of Camden Town on 05 August 2018. Under the leadership of Peter, our guide for the afternoon, we learned about the history of the area, starting with the overflow burial ground for St Martin in the Fields Church (located by Trafalgar Square), and about the Greek influence and the history of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in the area.

We learned about the distinguished residents of Camden Town including Charles Dickens who had lived there for a while (as well as many other places), and we were given a brief history of the life of the poet and writer Dylan Thomas, and the life of the painter Walter Sickert – both former residents.  Coming closer to today, we visited the house where Alan Bennett had lived, and which had featured in the film “Lady in the Van”.   Amy Winehouse had been a resident, and the band Madness had also started there.

And with thoughts of madness, we made a quick tour of the Camden Lock Market and strolled along the Regents Canal before ending up at the tube station again.  A really interesting place to visit, despite the crowds, and our thanks go to Kamal for organising the afternoon.