Caird Street, W10

Road in/near Queens Park Estate, existing between 1875 and now

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Caird Street is the ’C’ street on the Queen’s Park Estate

Built between 1874 and 1882 by the Artisans, Labourers & General Dwellings Company, originally there were more than 2000 homes arranged along First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Building took place in several roads at the same time. Houses were dated 1873 and 1874 on the east side and 1876 on the west side of Sixth Avenue, 1880 in Fifth Avenue, 1875 in Caird Street at the east end of the estate, and 1876 in Oliphant Street at the far end and in a nearby shopping parade in Kilburn Lane.

Queen’s Park, like the company’s other four residential parks in London, was the result of a well supported effort to improve working-class conditions. It came to be seen as a success, both in encouraging the company to buy land for the Noel Park estate in Tottenham and in comparison with the squalor of much canalside housing, including Kensal New Town.

Financial difficulties in 1877 brought delays, rent increases, and building on the intended open space, but renewed progress had led to the completion of 1571 houses by 1882, when a further 449 were under construction. The whole area west of First Avenue had been built up by 1886. All 2200 houses at Queen’s Park were occupied in 1887, when the rents were much lower than those nearby.

In 1899 the estate was ’carefully sustained in respectability’, there was a waiting list for tenancies, and rents were never in arrears. Tenants were church or chapel goers and in regular work, as artisans, clerks, policemen, or railwaymen. Only a fifth of the inabitants lived in poverty, compared with more than 55 per cent in Kensal New Town, and those that did so may have lived outside the company’s estate, around Herries Street.

"C Street", like all of the others on the Queen’s Park Estate were all renamed in 1912 but kept the initial letter, becoming Caird Street.

A combination of bomb damage and council rebuilding schemes in the 1970s reduced the size of the estate.

Source: British History Online


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In the photo of Blechynden St on the right hand side the young man in the doorway could be me. That is the doorway of 40 Blechynden St.

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Queens Park Estate

The part of Queen's Park which is in the W10 postcode and City of Westminster, is known as the Queens Park Estate.

It was built from 1874 by the Artisans, Labourers & General Dwellings Company. The architecture of that estate of some 2000 small houses is distinctively Gothic-revival, with polychrome brickwork, pinnacles and turrets along the bigger roads.

It retains First Avenue, Second Avenue etc up to Sixth Avenue, and originally had streets A-P. The street names have been made into full words, (Alperton Street, Barfett Street, Caird Street, Droop Street, Embrook Street, Farrant Street, Galton Street, Huxley Street, Ilbert Street, Kilravock Street, Lothrop Street, Marne Street, Nutbourne Street, Oliphant Street, Peach Street).

It was on this estate that the first QPR footballers had their homes.

6 East Row, W10: Scott Hatton:   Scott Hatton lived here in 1960
Beethoven Street School:   Beethoven Street School was opened in 1881 to serve the community of the newly-built Queen's Park Estate.
Emslie Horniman Pleasance:   
Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance:   Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance is the traditional starting point for the Notting Hill Carnival.
Jack of Newbury:   The Jack of Newbury stood at the corner of East Row and Kensal Road until it was bombed on 2 October 1940.
Kensal House:   There are two Kensal Houses in London W10 - this was the original
Kensal Town:   Soapsuds Island
Kilburn Lane Farm:   A farm existed in Kilburn Lane until the 1860s, by which time it had been disrupted by the railway line.
Lancefield Coachworks:   Lancefield Coachworks was a builder of bespoke bodies for expensive car chassis always introducing sporting elements into designs.
Portobello Arms:   The Portobello Arms was a former pub in Kensal Town, established in 1842.
Queens Park Estate:   The part of Queen's Park which is in the W10 postcode and City of Westminster, is known as the Queens Park Estate.
Queen’s Park Library:   Queen’s Park Library was built to improve the minds of the new Queen’s Park Estate residents.
Saint John the Evangelist:   Saint John’s Church stands on the busy crossroads of Harrow Road, Kilburn Lane and Ladbroke Grove and on the boundaries of the London Boroughs of Brent, Kensington and the City of Westminster, in which it stands.
Selby Square, W10:   Selby Square is a walkway in the Queen’s Park Estate
The Earl Derby:   The Earl Derby stood on the corner of Southern Row and Bosworth Road.
The Plough:   From the sixteenth century onwards, the Plough stood beside the Harrow Road.
Wedlake Street Baths:   In a time when most had somewhere to live but few had somewhere to wash at home, public baths were the place to go...

Adair Road junction with Southam Street (1932):   A wet day in London W10.
Adair Road, W10:   Adair Road junction with Appleford Road, March 1964
Adair Road, W10:   Adair Road is a street on the Kensal Town/North Kensington borders.
Corner of Caird Street and Lancefield Street (1910):   2015
Harrow Road (1920s):   Harrow Road in the 1920s, looking south east towards the Prince of Wales pub and the Emmanuel Church spire.
Hudson's the chemist (1906):   Hudson's, a chemist shop, stood on the corner of Ilbert Street and Third Avenue in the Queen's Park estate.
Lothrop Street (1907):   2015

15 Beethoven Street, W10 · 1d Beethoven Street, W10 · 1e Beethoven Street, W10 · 1f Beethoven Street, W10 · 3 Beethoven Street, W10 · Adair Road, W10 · Adair Tower, W10 · Alderson Street, W10 · Allington Road, W10 · Alperton Street, W10 · Appleford House, W10 · Appleford Road, W10 · Ashmore Road, W9 · Banister Road, W10 · Barfett Street, W10 · Beethoven Street, W10 · Bosworth House Bosworth Road, W10 · Bosworth Road, W10 · Bravington Road, W10 · Bravington Road, W9 · Briar Walk, W10 · Bruckner Street, W10 · Brunel Mews, W10 · Caird Street, W10 · Caird Street, W9 · Conlan Street, W10 · Coomassie Road, W9 · Dart Street, W10 · Dowland Street, W10 · Drayford Close, W9 · Droop Street, W10 · East Row, W10 · Embrook Street, W10 · Enbrook Street, W10 · Farrant Street, W10 · Fermoy Road, W9 · Fifth Avenue, W10 · First Avenue, W10 · Fourth Avenue, W10 · Galton Street, W10 · Galton Street, W10 · Golborne Gardens, W10 · Harrow Road, W10 · Hawthorn Walk, W10 · Hazelwood Crescent, W10 · Hazlewood Crescent, W10 · Hazlewood Tower, W10 · Heather Walk, W10 · Herries Street, W10 · Hormead Road, W9 · Huxley Street, W10 · Ilbert Street, W10 · James Collins Close, W9 · James House Appleford Road, W10 · John Fearon Walk, W10 · Kensal Road, W10 · Kilburn Lane, NW6 · Kilburn Lane, W10 · Kilburn Lane, W9 · Kilravock Street, W10 · Lancefield Street, W10 · Lothrop Street, W10 · Manchester Drive, W10 · Maple Walk, W10 · Marban Road, W9 · Marne Street, W10 · Mozart Street, W10 · Nutbourne Street, W10 · Oliphant Street, W10 · Onslow Close, W10 · Park Mews, W10 · Parry Road, W10 · Peach Road, W10 · Pennymore Walk, W9 · Portnall Road, W9 · Riverton Close, W9 · Second Avenue, W10 · Severn Avenue, W10 · Sixth Avenue, W10 · Southam House Adair Road, W10 · Southam Street, W10 · Stansbury Square, W10 · Symphony Mews, W10 · The Arches, W10 · The Quadrant, W10 · Third Avenue, W10 · Tolhurst Drive, W10 · Tollbridge Close, W10 · Trellick Tower · Wedlake Street, W10 · William Saville House, NW6 ·

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