Aldridge Road Villas, W11

Road in/near Westbourne Park, existing between 1859 and now

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Aldridge Road Villas is a surviving fragment of mid-Victorian residential development.

The street’s nineteenth century heart is bounded on three sides by post 1970s housing and with its western side forming part of the boundary between Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

Aldridge Road Villas contains a mixture of mid-Victorian semi-detached villas with stuccoed Ionic and Corinthian porches and bays, heavily architraved upper floor windows, and broad over-hanging caves. These are adjacent to groups of brick and stucco mid/late-Victorian terraces, some with elaborate dentilled cornices, semi-circular architraved windows and stuccoed, canted bay windows at ground and first floors.

Situated on the north-east edge of the area is Westbourne Park station and ‘The Metropolitan’ Public House which opened in 1866.

The ‘Arcadian’ quality of the streets is most evident in Aldridge Road Villas, where mature plane trees provide high amenity value. The large plane tree in the garden of St Andrew’s House in Tavistock Road at the northern end of Aldridge Road Villas, is a fine example of the species and a local landmark of great townscape value. Other specimens in the area include black poplar, ash, sycamore, tree of heaven, lime and lombardy poplar.

Many of the properties in the area have been converted into flats, although the presence of gardens of a reasonable size continues to provide opportunities for family housing.

Citation information: Bayswater – The Underground Map
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Westbourne Park

Westbourne Park was originally, with Westbourne Green, an area simply known as Westbourne.

Westbourne Green was, with Paddington Green, one of the area's earliest settlements. A growing residential area lay to the west of Westbourne Green.

For a short while known as Westbournia, when this part of London was developed, Westbourne Park became the name given to the area. This is reflected in a number of street names - notably Westbourne Park Road and in the Underground station. The first station operated from 1866 to 1871. In 1871 it was replaced by another station further east.

The good transport encouraged many to move into this area. To the north and east there were extensive railway yards. More recently there is also a Westbourne Park bus garage, built where there once were railway yards, just northeast of the underground station.

The name Westbourne (which means 'west of the river') was by the nineteenth century applied to the river itself (previously called the Bays Water amongst other names).
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