Birchington Road, NW6

Road in/near Kilburn, existing between 1866 and now

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Birchington Road runs from the Edgware Road to West End Lane.

In 1866 plans were approved for a number of roads on the Powell Cotton Liddell estate, mostly named after places in Kent near the Powell-Cotton family seat of Quex Park: Quex Road, Birchington Road and Mutrix Road.

In 1947 the L.C.C. announced a scheme for 104 flats in Kilburn Vale. The estate, south of West End Lane, which involved the demolition of some of the earliest building in the area in Kilburn Vale and Abbey Lane, was opened c. 1951. A second phase of the Kilburn Vale estate, north of West End Lane, bound by Mutrix and Quex roads and involving the demolition of the eastern part of Birchington Road, was completed by 1984.

Source: British History Online



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VIEW THE KILBURN AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE KILBURN AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE KILBURN AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE KILBURN AREA IN THE 1860s
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VIEW THE KILBURN AREA IN THE 1900s
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Kilburn

Kilburn is an area which straddles both sides of the Edgware Road (Kilburn High Road).

Kilburn High Road originated as an ancient trackway, part of a Celtic route between the settlements now known as Canterbury and St Albans. Under Roman rule, the route was paved. In Anglo-Saxon times the road became known as Watling Street.

Kilburn grew up on the banks of a stream which has been known variously as Cuneburna, Kelebourne and Cyebourne, which flows from Hampstead down through Hyde Park and into the River Thames. It is suggested the name means either Royal River or Cattle River ('Bourne' being an Anglo-Saxon word for 'river'). That river is known today as the Westbourne.

The name Kilburn was first recorded in 1134 as Cuneburna, referring to the priory which had been built on the site of the cell of a hermit known as Godwyn. Godwyn had built his hermitage by the Kilburn river during the reign of Henry I, and both his hermitage and the priory took their name from the river.

Kilburn Priory was a small community of nuns, probably Augustinian canonesses. It was founded in 1134 at the Kilburn river crossing on Watling Street (the modern-day junction of Kilburn High Road and Belsize Road). Kilburn Priory's position on Watling Street meant that it became a popular resting point for pilgrims heading for the shrines at St Albans and Willesden. The Priory was dissolved in 1536-37 by Henry VIII, and nothing remains of it today. The priory lands included a mansion and a hostium (a guesthouse), which may have been the origin of the Red Lion pub, thought to have been founded in 1444. Opposite, the Bell Inn was opened around 1600, on the site of the old mansion.

The fashion for taking 'medicinal waters' in the 18th century came to Kilburn when a well of chalybeate waters (water impregnated with iron) was discovered near the Bell Inn in 1714. In an attempt to compete with the nearby Hampstead Well, gardens and a 'great room' were opened to promote the well, and its waters were promoted in journals of the day as cure for 'stomach ailments'.

In the 19th century the wells declined, but the Kilburn Wells remained popular as a tea garden. The Bell was demolished and rebuilt in 1863. The Kilburn stretch of Watling Street, now called Edgware Road and Kilburn High Road, was gradually built up with inns and farm houses. Kilburn did not attract any significant building until around 1819 in the area near St John's Wood.

Much of the area was developed in the last decades of the 19th century by Solomon Barnett, who named many of the streets after places in the West Country (e.g. Torbay) or after popular poets of the day (e.g. Tennyson) in honour of his wife.

There are three railway stations on Kilburn High Road: Kilburn tube station (Jubilee line) at its northern end and a little to the south Brondesbury station (London Overground). Approximately a mile further south is Kilburn High Road station (also London Overground). The name of Ian Dury's first band, Kilburn and the High Roads, refers to this road, as does the Flogging Molly song, "Kilburn High Road" and the Shack song, "Kilburn High Road".

Kilburn tube station opened as Kilburn and Brondesbury on 24 November 1879, as part of the Metropolitan and St. John's Wood Railway run by the Metropolitan Railway. Following the merger of the Metropolitan Railway into London Transport in 1933, it then became part of the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo line on 20 November 1939, at which time the station was extensively rebuilt. The station was renamed to its current name on 25 September 1950. It was transferred to the Jubilee line on its opening, on 1 May 1979.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Alice House:   What is now the Alice House has been through a number of incarnations since it was built in the early 1900s.
Bayswater Rivulet:   The Bayswater Rivulet was the original name for the Westbourne River
Beckford Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Beckford's Estate:   Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.
Billy Fury Way, NW6:   Billy Fury Way is a path which runs alongside the railway in NW6.
Cannon Stream:   The Cannon Stream was, before it was sent underground, a tributary of the Westbourne River.
Canterbury House:   In the last half of the nineteenth century, a white house called Canterbury was built on the then southern fringes of West End.
Carlton Vale Infant School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7.
Cedars:   A local West Hampstead builder, Thomas Potter, constructed Cedars in 1878.
Cholmley Lodge:   Cholmley Lodge, a two storeyed stuccoed house, was built in 1813.
Cock and Hoop:   The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
Corner of Kilburn Park Road and Shirland Road:   Kilburn Park Road and Shirland Road meet at a junction in the north of Maida Vale.
Decca Studios:   Decca Studios was a recording facility in Broadhurst Gardens.
Emmanuel Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Essendine Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
Flitcroft Estate:   Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.
Gaumont State:   The Gaumont State Cinema is a Grade II listed Art Deco theatre. While it still exists, it is no longer a cinema.
Granville Plus Nursery School:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
Hampstead Cricket Club:   Hampstead Cricket Club moved to its Lymington Road site in 1877.
Hillfield:   By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.
Jacksfield:   Jacksfield was one of the smaller but well-documented copyhold estates in the West Hampstead area.
Kilburn Bridge:   Kilburn Bridge once marked the spot where the Edgware Road crossed the River Westbourne.
Kilburn Bridge Farm:   Kilburn Bridge Farm stood beside Watling Street until the late 1830s.
Kilburn Grange childrens centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Kilburn Grange Park:   Kilburn Grange Park is a 3.2 hectare open space adjacent to Kilburn High Road.
Kilburn Grange School:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Kilburn High Road:   What was Watling Street in earlier times, became Edgware Road and finally Kilburn High Road.
Kilburn Park:   Kilburn Park station was opened on 31 January 1915 as the temporary terminus of the Bakerloo line’s extension from Paddington.
Kilburn Park Farm:   Kilburn Park Farm was situated almost opposite the Red Lion along the Edgware Road.
Kilburn Wells:   Kilburn Wells. a medicinal spring, existed between 1714 and the 1860s.
Kingsgate Community Centre:   Kingsgate Community Association was set up in 1982 by a group of local people who wished to establish a community centre in what was then a derelict building.
Kingsgate Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Lauriston Lodge:   Lauriston Lodge, now the site of Dene Mansions, was a large house in West Hampstead.
Maida Vale Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Maygrove Peace Park:   On 27 April 1983, Camden Council opened Maygrove Peace Park and dedicated it as a reminder of the Council's commitment to peace.
Naima Jewish Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
National School:   A National School was established in West End during 1844.
Oaklands Hall:   On the west side of West End Lane, Charles Spain bought 5 acres and between 1829 and 1838 built York Villa.
Poplar House:   Poplar House was occupied by one of the first developers of West Hampstead, Thomas Potter.
Potter's Iron Foundry:   In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.
Rainbow Montessori School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 12. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Red Lion:   The Red Lion was situated at 34 Kilburn High Road.
Ripley House:   Jeremy Jepson Ripley built a house and coach house after 1814, with a large garden north of Lauriston Lodge.
Sandwell House:   Sandwell House was owned by three generations of the Wachter family.
St Augustine’s CofE High School:   Voluntary aided school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
St Augustine’s Church of England High School:   St Augustine’s Church of England High School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England comprehensive school in the West London borough of Westminster, Kilburn.
St Augustine’s, Kilburn:   St Augustine’s was founded by Richard Carr Kirkpatrick in the Anglo-Catholic tradition in 1870 and listed as a Grade I building by Historic England.
St Eugene de Mazenod Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
St George’s Catholic School:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
St Mary’s Kilburn Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Mary’s RC Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
The Black Lion:   The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
The Grange:   The Grange was a large mansion situated on Kilburn High Road until the turn of the twentieth century.
The Kilburn Park School Foundation:   Foundation school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
The Railway:   The Railway pub is a standard Victorian pub with a musical secret.
The School of the Islamic Republic of Iran:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 6 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
The Wet Fish Cafe:   The Wet Fish Café is an Art Deco classic at 242 West End Lane.
Thorplands:   Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.
Treherne House:   Treherne House was built in the mid eighteenth century,
West Cottages, NW6:   Cottages in London NW6.
West End Green:   West End Green is situated on a corner of West End Lane, formerly the location of West End Fair.
West End Hall:   West End Hall (once called New West End Hall) was one of the mansions of West End (West Hampstead).
West End House:   West End House, once in open countryside, became surrounded by railways.
West End Park:   West End Park was created from fields known as the 'Little Estate'.
West Hampstead:   The name "West Hampstead" was a 19th century invention - the original name was West End.
West Hampstead (Overground) station:   Wesr Hampstead overground station was known as West End Lane until its name was changed in 1975.
West Hampstead Synagogue:   The West Hampstead Synagogue was consecrated in September 1892.
Woodbine Cottage:   Woodbine Cottage was situated at the south-eastern corner of the Flitcroft estate.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Kilburn High Road (1880s):   This photo was taken on the corner of Kilburn High Road and Eresby Road, which has since disappeared.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s):   Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abbey Road, NW6 · Abbots Place, NW6 · Abinger Mews, W9 · Acol Road, NW6 · Addison Court, NW6 · Agamemnon Road, NW6 · Albion Mews, NW6 · Aldershot Road, NW6 · Aldred Road, NW6 · Algernon Road, NW6 · Alpha Place, NW6 · Alvanley Gardens, NW3 · Andover Place, NW6 · Andover Place, W9 · Ariel Road, NW6 · B505, NW6 · Banister Mews, NW6 · Barnsdale Road, W9 · Berridge Mews, NW6 · Biddulph Mansions, W9 · Biddulph Road, W9 · Billy Fury Way, NW6 · Birchington Road, NW6 · Blackburn Road, NW6 · Bransdale Close, NW6 · Brassey Road, NW6 · Broadwell Parade, NW6 · Brondesbury Mews, NW6 · Brondesbury Road, NW6 · Brondesbury Villas, NW6 · Broomsleigh Street, NW6 · Buckingham Mansions, NW6 · Buckley Road, NW6 · Burlington Close, W9 · Burton Road, NW6 · Cambridge Avenue, NW6 · Cambridge Court, NW6 · Cambridge Gardens, NW6 · Cambridge Road, NW6 · Cannon Hill, NW3 · Cannon Hill, NW6 · Canterbury Road, NW6 · Canterbury Terrace, NW6 · Canterbury Works, NW6 · Carlton Mews, NW6 · Carlton Vale, NW6 · Carlton Vale, W9 · Castellain Mansions, W9 · Castellain Road, W9 · Cathedral Walk, NW6 · Charteris Road, NW6 · Chichester Road, NW6 · Chippenham Gardens, NW6 · Chippenham Road, W9 · Cholmley Gardens, NW6 · Cleve Road, NW6 · Colas Mews, NW6 · Cotleigh Road, NW6 · Coventry Close, NW6 · Crediton Hill, NW6 · Crown Close, NW6 · Croxley Road, W9 · Daynor House, NW6 · Delaware Road, W9 · Denmark Road, NW6 · Dennington Park Road, NW6 · Dibdin House, W9 · Dornfell Street, NW6 · Douglas Court, NW6 · Doulton Mews, NW6 · Drakes Courtyard, NW6 · Dunster Gardens, NW6 · Dynham Road, NW6 · Elgin Avenue, W9 · Elgin Mansions, W9 · Essendine Mansions, W9 · Essendine Road, W9 · Fawley Road, NW6 · Finchley Road, NW6 · Fordingley Road, W9 · Gascony Avenue, NW6 · Gladys Road, NW6 · Glastonbury Street, NW6 · Glenbrook Road, NW6 · Glengall Road, NW6 · Godson Yard, NW6 · Goldsmith Place, NW6 · Gorefield Place, NW6 · Grange Place, NW6 · Grangeway, NW6 · Grantully Road, W9 · Granville Road, NW6 · Greville Mews, NW6 · Greville Place, NW6 · Greville Place, W9 · Greville Road, NW6 · Grittleton Road, W9 · Hall Oak Walk, NW6 · Hansel Road, NW6 · Harvard Court, NW6 · Hazelmere Road, NW6 · Helmsdale House, NW6 · Hemstal Road, NW6 · Hermit Place, NW6 · Highfield Mews, NW6 · Hillfield Road, NW6 · Hillside Close, NW6 · Hillside Close, W9 · Hilltop Road, NW6 · Holmdale Road, NW6 · Honeybourne Road, NW6 · Inglewood House, NW6 · Inglewood Road, NW6 · Iverson Road, NW6 · Kenilworth Road, NW6 · Kilburn Bridge, NW6 · Kilburn High Road, NW6 · Kilburn Park Road, NW6 · Kilburn Park Road, W9 · Kilburn Place, NW6 · Kilburn Priory, NW6 · Kilburn Priory, NW8 · Kilburn Square, NW6 · Kilburn Vale, NW6 · Kingdon Road, NW6 · Kings Gardens, NW6 · Kingsgate Place, NW6 · Kingsgate Road, NW6 · Kylemore Road, NW6 · Langtry Road, NW8 · Langtry Walk, NW8 · Lanhill Road, W9 · Lauderdale Parade, W9 · Lauderdale Road, W9 · Leith Mansions, W9 · Liddell Road, NW6 · Linstead Street, NW6 · Loveridge Road, NW6 · Lowfield Road, NW6 · Lydford Road, W9 · Lymington Road, NW6 · Macroom Road, W9 · Mallard Close, NW6 · Malvern Mews, NW6 · Malvern Mews, W9 · Malvern Road, NW6 · Manor Mews, NW6 · Maple Mews, NW6 · Marlborough Mansions, NW6 · Masefield House, NW6 · Maygrove Road, NW6 · Mazenod Avenue, NW6 · Medley Road, NW6 · Messina Avenue, NW6 · Metropolitan/Jubilee Lines, NW6 · Mill Lane, NW6 · Minton Mews, NW6 · Morshead Road, W9 · Mortimer Crescent, NW6 · Mortimer Crescent, NW6 · Mortimer Place, NW6 · Mutrix Road, NW6 · Narcissus Road, NW6 · Nelson Close, NW6 · Netherwood Street, NW6 · Neville Close, NW6 · Neville Road, NW6 · Norman Terrace, NW6 · Orestes Mews, NW6 · Oxford Road, NW6 · Palace Court, NW3 · Palmerston Road, NW6 · Pandora Road, NW6 · Peel Precinct, NW6 · Pentland Road, NW6 · Plaza Parade, NW6 · Princess Road, NW6 · Priory Park Road, NW6 · Priory Road, NW6 · Priory Terrace, NW6 · Quex Mews, NW6 · Quex Road, NW6 · Randolph Gardens, NW6 · Ravenshaw Street, NW6 · Regents Plaza, NW6 · Rosedene, NW6 · Rowntree Close, NW6 · Rudolph Road, NW6 · Salmon Mews, NW6 · Saltram Crescent, W9 · Saltram Cresent, W9 · Sandwell Crescent, NW6 · Sherriff Road, NW6 · Shirland Mews, W9 · Shirland Road, W9 · Smyrna Road, NW6 · Solent Road, NW6 · Springfield Lane, NW6 · Springfield Walk, NW6 · St Julians Road, NW6 · St Marys Mews, NW6 · Stafford Close, NW6 · Stafford Road, NW6 · Stuart Road, NW6 · Sumatra Road, NW6 · Sutherland Avenue, W9 · Swiss Terrace, NW6 · The Arches, NW6 · The Terrace, NW6 · Torridon House, NW6 · Victoria Mews, NW6 · Victoria Road, NW6 · Walterton Road, W9 · Warlock Road, W9 · Waterloo Passage, NW6 · Wavel Mews, NW6 · Webheath, NW6 · Welbeck Mansions, NW6 · Wells Court, NW6 · West Cottages, NW6 · West End Lane, NW6 · West Hampstead Mews, NW6 · Widley Road, W9 · Willesden Court, S43 · Woodchurch Road, NW6 · Woodville Road, NW6 · Wymering Mansions, W9 · Wymering Road, W9 ·
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