Freston Road, W10

Road in/near Notting Dale, existing between 1969 and now

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Local resident ’Trevor’ who grew tomatoes in compost made from Frestonian residents’ waste.

Freston Road is a street with quite a history.

No addresses have so far been added to Freston Road, W10

In 1969 the Westway was opened. One of its effects was to cut one of the longest streets in the area - Latimer Road - in two.

The southern half was renamed Freston Road and the houses had been largely emptied and readied for demolition. In the early 1970s, most of the residents of Freston Road were squatters. When the Greater London Council planned to redevelop the area, the 120 residents first all adopted the same surname of Bramley with the aim that the council would then have to re-house them collectively.

The Council threatened formal eviction, so at a public meeting attended by 200 people, resident Nick Albery - inspired by both the Ealing comedy film Passport to Pimlico and a previous visit to Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen - suggested that they declare the street independent of the rest of the UK. A referendum returned 94% of residents in favour of the plan, and 73% in favour of joining the European Economic Community. Independence was declared on 31 October 1977. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe wrote expressing his support, saying "As one who had childhood enthusiasm for (the novel) The Napoleon of Notting Hill, I can hardly fail to be moved by your aspirations".

In a legal dispute regarding the unauthorised performance of his play The Immortalist, Heathcote Williams won a ruling from the UK courts that Frestonia was for this purpose not part of the UK. Williams served as Ambassador to Great Britain and actor David Rappaport was the Foreign Minister.

Frestonia consisted of a 1.8 acres triangle of land (including communal gardens) formed by Freston Road, Bramley Road and Shalfleet Drive. The state adopted the Latin motto Nos Sumus Una Familia - We are All One Family - and applied to join the United Nations, at the same time warning that peacekeeping troops might be needed to keep the GLC at bay.

Frestonia had its own newspaper ’The Tribal Messenger’ and an art gallery called ’The Car Breaker Gallery’ from which came the performance art of ’Mutoid Waste Company’, visual artist Julie Umerle, comic book artist Brett Ewins and graphic novelist Brendan McCarthy. Professional lighting for the gallery was donated by Sandy Nairne, later to be Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

There was also a ’National Theatre’ at Frestonia which performed The Immortalist. The Frestonian National Film Institute was also formed; its first screening being - appropriately - Passport to Pimlico and a film of The Sex Pistols. Local transport was served by the Number 295 bus, and the London Underground, Latimer Road tube station being at the north end of Bramley Road. There were Frestonian postage stamps (honoured by the General Post Office), as well as plans to introduce a currency.

When the state celebrated its fifth anniversary in 1982, the population numbered 97 people occupying 23 houses. The same year, The Clash recorded their album Combat Rock in Ear Studios (also known as The People’s Hall) in Frestonia, where Motorhead practised in the rehearsal studios.

Following international press coverage, the residents formed the Bramleys Housing Co-operative Ltd, which negotiated with Notting Hill Housing Trust for continued residence and acceptable redevelopment of the site. Some Frestonians were unhappy with the consequent loss of independence, and moved away.

According to Tony Sleep, a brief Frestonian onlooker whose online photo-journal documents his idea of the history of the area, those leaving were often replaced by people with drinking and drug problems. The ideals of the Frestonian "nation" consequently went into decline. In its place, a more conventional local community reinstated the usual hierarchies.

To the current day, Bramleys Housing Co-operative manages the properties owned and built on the Frestonia site by Notting Hill Housing Trust, and its members continue to live as a close-knit community. Some are children or grandchildren of the original Frestonians, although there has also been a significant influx of new residents.

A large new office development, also named Frestonia, now occupies the adjacent site at the junction of Bramley Road and St Anns Road. A second large office development also named Frestonia by its developers was erected at 125/135 Freston Road in 2001.

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LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Earl of Zetland:   A pub in the Potteries
Kenilworth Castle:   The Kenilworth Castle was a post-war pub in Notting Dale.
Latimer Road:   A station not named after the road it stands on
Luxurious sewers:   The effluent society
Mary Place Workhouse:   Notting Dale Workhouse stood on the site of what is now Avondale Park Gardens,
Notting Dale:   From Pigs and bricks to Posh and Becks...
Western Iron Works:   The Western Iron Works was the foundry business of James Bartle and Co.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Bangor Street:   2015
Bangor Street:   2015
Corner of Bangor and Sirdar Road:   2015
Ridler's Tyre Yard:   Ridler's Tyres was situated in a part of Blechynden Street which no longer exists


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Adair Road Garages, W10 · Aldermaston Street, W10 · Ansleigh Place, W11 · Ariel Way, W12 · Avondale Park Gardens, W11 · Avondale Park Road, W11 · Bangor Street, W11 · Bard Road, W10 · Bartle Road, W11 · Blechynden Mews, W11 · Blechynden Street, W10 · Bomore Road, W11 · Bramley Mews, W10 · Bramley Road, W10 · Bramley Road, W11 · Bramley Street, W10 · Bridge Close, W10 · Calverley Street, W10 · Camelford Walk, W11 · Charlotte Mews, W10 · Clarendon Cross, W11 · Clarendon Works, W11 · Crowthorne Road, W10 · Darfield Way, W10 · Darfield Way, W10 · Darnley Terrace, W11 · Dulford Street, W11 · East Mews, W10 · Evesham Street, W11 · Fowell Street, W10 · Freston Road, W10 · Freston Road, W11 · Gorham Place, W11 · Grenfell Road, W11 · Grenfell Tower, W11 · Grenfell Walk, W11 · Hippodrome Mews, W11 · Hippodrome Place, W11 · Hunt Close, W11 · Ivebury Court, W10 · Kenley Walk, W11 · Kingsdown Close, W10 · Ladbroke Crescent, W11 · Latimer Mews, W10 · Latimer Road, W10 · Lockton Street, W10 · Malton Road, W10 · Manchester Road, W10 · Martin Street, W10 · Mary Place, W11 · Maxilla Gardens, W10 · Maxilla Gardens, W10 · Mortimer Square, W11 · Olaf Street, W11 · Pamber Street, W10 · Portland Gate, SW7 · Queensdale Crecent, W11 · Queensdale Crescent, W11 · Queensdale Place, W11 · Railway Arches, W10 · Relay Road, W12 · Rifle Place, W11 · Rillington Place, W11 · Runcorn Place, W11 · Ruston Mews, W11 · Samuels Close, W6 · Scampston Mews, W10 · Shalfleet Drive, W10 · Silchester Mews, W10 · Silchester Road, W10 · Silchester Street, W10 · Silchester Terrace, W10 · Silver Road, W12 · Sirdar Road, W11 · St Andrews Square, W11 · St Anns Road, W11 · St Anns Villas, W11 · St James Gardens, W11 · St James’s Gardens, W11 · St James’s Gardens, W11 · St Marks Road, W11 · St Mark’s Close, W11 · St. Anns Road, W11 · St. Mark’s Road, W11 · Stable Way, W10 · Station Walk, W10 · Station Walk, W11 · Stoneleigh Place, W11 · Stoneleigh Street, W11 · Swanscombe House, W11 · Swanscombe Road, W11 · Treadgold Street, W11 · Trinity Mews, W10 · Verity Close, W11 · Walmer Road, W10 · Waynflete Square, W10 · Waynflete Square, W10 · Wesley Square, W11 · West Cross Route, W11 · Westfield Way, W12 · Westway Roundabout, W10 · Westway, W10 · Whitchurch Road, W11 · Wilsham Street, W11 · Wilsham Street, W11 ·


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1930s map covering East Acton, Holland Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Olympia, Shepherds Bush and Westbourne Park,
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Central London, north west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

John Rocque Map of Ealing and Acton (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers an area from Greenford in the northwest to Hammersmith in the southeast.
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
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