Volume 9 - Kenton Hamlet and District
R S Brown, 1979
pages 14, 15
Kenton Green was not of course a highway but it merits a special narrative - because of its close connection with Kenton Road - and the fact that it evokes a nostalgic interest since it no longer exists. The map below will help the reader to visualise the scene more easily, but further explanations are necessary.
Up until two hundred years ago there had been few changes in Kenton for generations; but a big reform was about to occur which would affect the lives of all the villagers - namely, the Enclosure Acts. It is not proposed to elucidate upon the precise operation and effect of the Acts on this occasion but the reader can find a useful exposition about this subject on page 40 of volume 5.
It must suffice to say that until the early part of the 19th century, much of the land around Kenton was common or waste land - for general use by the villagers - and an area on both sides of Tyburn Lane (Kenton Road) was known as Kenton Green. Around the Green was the main area of habitation in the same way that village greens are normally the focal point of community life.
Under the Enclosure Acts most of the common land was divided by Commissioners between the major land-owners in the district and the Lord of the Manor - in this case Lord Northwick, getting the 'lion's share'. Others who were favoured by the Commissioners were the Drummonds, the Pages and the more distant Christchurch College, Oxford. On the map the fields with the high numbers are those which were enclosed. There were however several small, local land-owners who placed no restrictions upon their fields and it was these few acres which were jointly known as Kenton Green (i.e. fields number 175 to 184) from about 1817 when the Enclosure Acts became effective. The names of the owners are shown on the map.