Camden Town has been the home to many famous people. Here we look at just a few of them.

Charles Dickens – Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812, and at the age of 10 he and his family moved to Camden Town. The home of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol was thought to have been inspired by a house near his home in Bayham Street.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Alan Bennett – The British screenwriter, actor and author was born in Leeds and lives in Camden. He co-wrote and starred in Beyond the Fringe (1963), a satirical review, along with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller, at the Edinburgh Fringe and is best known for writing the series Talking Heads and Lady in a Van – a true story about a homeless woman who Bennett allowed to park her van in the driveway of his Camden home.

Tom Sayers – an illiterate bricklayer, Tom Sayers went on to become a legendary bare-knuckle fighting champion. A small man, Sayers was known as “The Little Wonder”, and regularly fought much bigger opponents. He died at 257 Camden High Street and is buried in Highgate Cemetery.

Gary Lightbody – The Snow Patrol front man spent a stint in Camden Town from 2005, being in the heart of the UK’s music scene. He rehearsed at Scar Studios and used to drink at The Good Mixer. His band hit the stages of venues such at The Dublin Castle and The Bull & Gate.

Gary Lightbody
Gary Lightbody

Amy Winehouse – The Queen of Camden, always on stage at Camden’s music venues, visiting the bars, had her house in Camden Square. The Hawley Arms was one of her favourite hang-out places, and was often seen strolling through the Camden Markets.

Amy Winehouse Kentish Town High Street
Amy Winehouse

Sylvia Plath – the American poet, short story writer and novelist located to Camden, to 3 Chalcot Square. Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is known for her collections The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel.

Friedrich Engels – The German philosopher, businessman and journalist was an extraordinary man. He founded the Marxist theory with Karl Marx and published The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1845. He lived at 122 Regent’s Park Road for nearly 25 years.

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