The area of Kingsbury is
first mentioned in the Doomsday Book, which lists the ownership of all
properties and was published around 1215CE. The area has a unique charm, given
that it is a mere 10 miles or so from the centre of London; it boasts thatched
cottages, unique architecture and vast expanses of green fields and a large reservoir
(The Welsh Harp) with
accompanying park lands and wild life. The area was developed into a suburb,
mentioned by John Betjeman in his Metroland poem in the 1930's.
The Jewish community,
which can trace its origins back to the early 1930's, lives in four distinct
areas of Kingsbury and numbers around 300 members at present. The estates of
Valley Drive, Salmon Street and Springfield Gardens and the roads in and around
Roe Green make up the areas where most of the Jewish residents live.
The Valley Drive
estate is bounded by Kingsbury Road, Fryent Way and Fryent
Country Park - an area of green belt land, where housing development is
prohibited. This contributes very much to the rural feel of the area
and walking in Fryent Country Park makes you easily forget - apart from the
distant hum of traffic - that you are only 12 miles from the centre of London.
The shul is at most only fifteen minutes’ walk away. It is about five minutes
walk from Kingsbury Underground Station (Jubilee Line). The journey into London
(Baker Street) takes about 30 minutes.
estate is also bounded by Fryent Country Park, Church Lane and Kingsbury Road,
and the twenty minute walk to shul takes you along a small road with very much a
country feel about it. It is especially recommended that you visit this
area in spring, when the variety of blossoms and shrubbery presents a
kaleidoscope of colours, and in autumn, when the leaves on the trees turn all
different shades of red. There are a number of small roads off Salmon Street
with about 30 houses in most of them. It is about a 20 minutes' walk to Wembley
Park Underground Station (Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines).
Roe Green Village
and the Hay Lane Estate has the feel and atmosphere of
of Hampstead Garden Suburb without the accompanying prices. The village is a
Conservation Area which has thatched cottages and small and attractive
"artisan" homes. The shul is at most 10 minutes' walk and
Kingsbury Underground Station is easily reached by the many buses along the
The Springfield Estate
Silver Jubilee Park opposite part of Kingsbury Road. At right angles to
Kingsbury Road is the Edgware Road that goes from Marble Arch to Edgware and
beyond. The estate, being one of the highest parts of the area, affords
panoramic views towards central London and some well known landmarks can be seen
on clear days. The shul is less than 15 minutes' walk away and, being so close
to a number of major bus routes, Brent Cross, Wembley Park, Colindale, Hendon
Central, Golders Green and Kingsbury Underground stations, as well as Hendon
Main Line, are all within easy reach.
For a young family considering a move into London, Kingsbury could not be more ideally situated, as there are a number of Jewish primary and secondary schools, both in the area and close to Kingsbury.
Next to the Michael Sobell Sinai School (the largest Jewish primary school in Europe) is the site of JFS, opened in September 2002. This, the largest secondary school in Europe, is planning on increasing the number of its students from 1400 to 2000. From Valley Drive, both of these schools can reached on foot by even the most reluctant of students in less than 10 minutes.
Hasmonean High School Boys' and Girls’ Sites can easily be
reached using just two buses, as can Beis Yaacov, Torah Temimah, Hasmonean
Primary, Independent, Menorah, Noam, Pardes House and North West London Jewish Day
Finally, there is the school on our own doorstep, so to speak. Bnos Bnei Yaakov primary school for girls opened up in our Shul hall in September 2010.
Ask Kingsbury residents
what appeals to them about living in the area and you will receive a variety of
responses; from the low crime rate through to reasonably
priced (for North West London) housing stock or the easy accessibility to
the centre of London by Underground (12 minutes from Wembley Park to Baker
Street). Kingsbury United Synagogue is considered one of the more Orthodox
within the family of the United Synagogue as will become evident as you browse
our web pages.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Kehilla.