York Way is part of the ancient route from the City to Barnet (formerly known as Brecknock Road, Maiden Lane and York Road). Historically it marked the eastern boundary of St Pancras Parish and today is the borough boundary between Camden and Islington.
The road steadily rises northwards, and at its high point takes advantage of views out of the Camden Square Conservation Area, including towards Islington in the east and Kings Cross in the south. Adjacent to York Way is a large Corporation of London housing estate to the east and an industrial estate to the south-east.
In the 19th century, the [Metropolitan Cattle Market spread over a large area to the east of York Way, and further south, to the east of the Agar Grove junction, was an industrial area known as 'Belle Isle' containing such uses as a tile works, soap works and a bone mill. These environmentally damaging activities would have impacted on new development in York Way from the start.
In the 1860s, a long terrace of three-storey houses was commenced close to the Camden Park Road junction. A second, more southerly, towards Agar Grove was not completed until another terrace had been built. Today, the majority of the two terraces survives (Nos. 35-105), skirting almost the entire west side of the street. The southernmost portion of the terrace was destroyed in World War II, and in the 1950s was replaced by Grangefield, a local authority housing block.
Notable Past Residents
- LB of Camden; Camden Square Conservation Area Statement, 2001