Kentish Town City Farm in London began in 1972
A documentary made for the heritage project by the young filmaker, Joe Dickie.
By the late 60’s some people were taking over vacant properties and doing the repairs themselves. The squatting movement was born, and with it, the roots of Kentish Town City Farm.
In 1972, a local organization called Inter-Action rented a house, a cottage and part of the disused timber yard known as Gloster Parquet – now the site of Kentish Town City Farm. They found, tucked behind the terrace houses, the remains of a complex of buildings surrounded by yards of overgrown weeds that backed onto the railway. The buildings included stables, a workshop, a store house and steel framed hangars. Local businessmen donated building materials and equipment worth over £5000. A team of volunteers, youth workers, farm workers and Inter-Action’s architects and builders converted the stables and buildings into a farm, riding school and gardens.
Early news film clip of the farm.
In the heart of London, at Kentish Town, there is a scene more familiar in rural Britain – a farmyard. For the children of Urban London it gives a chance to see what life is like ‘down on the farm’.