A Historic Icon: Kensal Rise Library from Above

Kensal Rise from above

This is Kensal Rise nearly one hundred years ago, with Kensal Rise Library in the top-right corner – and a steam train passing close by.

Mark Twain opens Kensal Rise Library

Mark Twain, one of the world’s great writers, opens Kensal Rise Library in 1900

The photograph was taken twenty years after the library had been opened by Mark Twain, generously donated by All Souls College Oxford to an area which has one of the highest child illiteracy rates in the capital.


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  1. Pamfoster59

    Lovely to see this old photo,I lived in bathurst gardens in the 1960s, and my first job was as an assistant in kensal rise library in 1965! i went home for lunch,i had two happy years there before my family moved out of the area,i am so upset that this library has been closed,councils always choose the wrong things to cut don’t they?

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