Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kingsbury Station

I thought of writing about the name of the area and underground station which is closest to my house, Kingsbury. The station is located in the northern side of the Jubilee line. This line is going to bear the weight of many venues during the Olympic Games in London, in the summer of 2012.

Kingsbury was recorded as Kynges byrig in 1046 and as Chingesberie in the Domesday Book. The name is derived from Kings and the Old English burh, 'a fortified place' and means the ' Kings manor or stronghold'. The manor was granted to Westminster Abbey by Edward the Confessor (reigned 1042-66) and the association of the area with a King goes back to at least 957, when the woodland in the parish was referred to as Kings Wood. It has had various spellings, being known as Kyngesbury in 1199. The Station was opened as Kingsbury on 10 December 1932.

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