Bedford Gardens, W8

Road in/near Kensington, existing between 1822 and now

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Bedford Gardens is one of the prime residential streets in Kensington.

The street runs between Campden Hill Road and Kensington Church Street. It is wider than most of the neighbouring roads and the houses are mainly Victorian terraced houses of three-storeys, with stucco up to first floor level. They are well set back from the road with large front gardens. There are many trees and shrubs in the front gardens giving the street a particularly ‘green’ feel. The street is on a slight slope and all the front gardens are different many with attractive small box hedges. Many houses have off-street parking and at the western end are some substantial semi-detached houses on the north side with front gardens hidden behind high walls and hedges, giving an almost Edwardian suburban feel to the street.

William Hall borrowed money to develop this area which he had purchased, but he must have over-extended himself because creditors then sued and he had to sell his land in Bedford Garden by auction in 97 lots. Most of the land was bought by William Bromley, a solicitor who then entered into an agreement with Hall, under which Hall was to build a terrace of 51 houses. Possibly they were working together and sharing the profits, because the agreement provided for 99 year leases to be granted to Hall once the houses were built.

The Bedford Gardens development was carried out by William Hall and his sons. Starting at the eastern end of the street, they built 23 houses on the north side and 22 on the south side. Most of them still survive. The development stopped in 1830 when William Hall the younger died and William Hall the elder was again in financial difficulties. Another builder, Robert Paton of Paddington, may have completed Nos. 36-46 (even).

In 1831 Bromley sold land further west on the north side of Bedford Gardens to Walter Urquhart, a merchant in the City, who had also bought the land it backed on to in Campden Street. Urquhart used Robert and Charles Jearrad and Charles Duncan, builders from Oxford Street, to build seven pairs of semi detached houses in Bedford Gardens, which were completed by 1836. These were two-storey brick-faced houses, Nos.  48-74 (even) Bedford Gardens. On the remaining land on the south side of the street, Nos. 85-91 (odd) were built around 1830 by various builders.

At the eastern end there is an attractive Edwardian mansion block – Bedford Gardens House – which is seven storeys high and was constructed in 1909. At the western end of the street there is a 1960s-style block of flats, consisting of five storeys painted entirely in white with glass balconies.

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My Father Richard Knappe was born at 133 Elgin Crescent in 1923. My Grandfather being a refugee from the Italian border town of Gorizia.

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John and I were married in 1960 and we bought, or rather acquired a mortgage on 31 Princedale Road in 1961 for £5,760 plus another two thousand for updating plumbing and wiring, and installing central heating, a condition of our mortgage. It was the top of what we could afford.

We chose the neighbourhood by putting a compass point on John’s office in the City and drawing a reasonable travelling circle round it because we didn’t want him to commute. I had recently returned from university in Nigeria, where I was the only white undergraduate and where I had read a lot of African history in addition to the subject I was studying, and John was still recovering from being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in the Far East in WW2. This is why we rejected advice from all sorts of people not to move into an area where there had so recently bee

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My mum worked as a Clippie out from Middle Row Bus Garage and was conductress to George Marsh Driver. They travel the City and out to Ruislip and Acton duiring the 1950’s and 1960’s. We moved to Langley and she joined Windsor Bus Garage and was on the Greenline buses after that. It was a real family of workers from Middle Row and it formed a part of my early years in London. I now live in New Zealand, but have happy memories of the early years of London Transport and Middle Row Garage.
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I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood ,from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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I SUPPLIED THE PICTURE ABOVE GIVEN TO TOM VAGUE TO PASS ON... ITS DATE IS C1906 ..IN THE DISTANCE IS RACKHAM STREET WITH ITS MISSION HALL, HEWER STREET TO THE RIGHT

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I lived at 25 Mc Gregor Rd from 1938 my birth until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957.Our house sided onto Ridgeways Laundry All Saints Rd. I had a happy boyhood living there

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Kensington

Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.

The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops.

The edges of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington blurs into Chelsea, which has a similar architectural style. To the west, a transition is made across the West London railway line and Earl's Court Road further south into other districts, whilst to the north, the only obvious dividing line is Holland Park Avenue, to the north of which is the similar district of Notting Hill.

Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares.

Kensington is also very densely populated; it forms part of the most densely populated local government district (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings; instead, it has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Victorian and Georgian terraced houses (generally of some four to six floors) into flats.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abbey Court Hotel:   The Abbey Court is a hotel located at 20 Pembridge Gardens in Notting Hill.
All Saints Church:   All Saints church was designed by the Victorian Gothic revival pioneer William White, who was also a mountaineer, Swedish gymnastics enthusiast and anti-shaving campaigner.
Ashbourne Independent School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 13 and 21. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Aubrey House:   Aubrey House is a large 18th-century detached house with two acres of gardens in the Campden Hill area of Holland Park.
Biba:   Biba was a London fashion store of the 1960s and 1970s, started and primarily run by the Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki with help of her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon.
Coach and Horses:   The Coach & Horses was situated at 108 Notting Hill Gate.
College Park School:   Community special school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 19.
Colville Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
Cromwell Curve:   The Cromwell Curve was a short section of railway line between Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.
Duke of Cornwall (The Ledbury):   The Duke of Cornwall pub morphed into the uber-trendy "The Ledbury" restaurant.
Earl's Court:   Earls Court is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Fox Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Hawkesdown House:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Heythrop College:   Higher education institutions
High Street Kensington:   High Street Kensington is a London Underground station at Kensington High Street.
Holland Park:   
Holland Park School:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Horbury Chapel (Kensington Temple):   In September 1849, the Horbury Chapel, Notting Hill was officially opened.
Kensington:   Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.
Kensington Palace:   Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.
Kensington Park School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 14 and 19. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Kensington Roof Garden:   Kensington Roof Garden (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens) covers 6000 square metres.
Kensington School:   The Kensington Proprietary Grammar School was an educational establishment founded in 1830 that is perhaps best remembered for being one of the founders of the Football Association in 1863.
Ladbroke Square Garden:   Ladbroke Square communal garden lies in Notting Hill.
Mercury Theatre:   The Mercury Theatre was situated at 2a Ladbroke Road, next to the Kensington Temple.
Notting Hill Gate:   Notting Hill Gate tube station is a London Underground station on the Central Line.
Notting Hill in Bygone Days:   Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone, was originally published in 1924 by T. Fisher Unwin.
Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Chenesitun and Knotting Barns:   Chapter 1 of the book "Notting Hill in Bygone Days" by Florence Gladstone (1924)
Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Kensington Gravel Pits and Northlands:   Chapter 2 of the book "Notting Hill in Bygone Days" by Florence Gladstone (1924)
Pembridge Hall School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Prince Albert:   The Prince Albert has been a Notting Hill feature since the 1840s.
Queensway Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Sheffield House and Glebe Estate:   Sheffield House and Glebe Estate was an old landed estate of Kensington.
Snowflake School:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 16.
Southbank International School Kensington:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Barnabas and St Philip’s CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
St Mary Abbot’s:   St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse.
St Mary Abbots CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
St Peter’s Notting Hill:   St Peter’s Notting Hill is a Victorian Anglican church in Kensington Park Road, designed by architect Thomas Allom.
St Stephen’s CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
The Kensington School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
The Tabernacle:   The Tabernacle is a Grade II*-listed building in Powis Square built in 1887 as a church.
Thomas’s Kensington:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Westbourne House:   Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...
Wetherby Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 8 and 13.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Albert Hotel (1900s):   The Albert Hotel, on the corner of All Saints Road and Cornwall Road (now Westbourne Park Road).
Corner of Abingdon Road and Scarsdale Villas:   This view shows Tyler the chemists during the 1960s.
Pembridge Road (1900s):   This is the view looking north down Pembridge Road from Notting Hill Gate.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abingdon Mansions, W8 · Abingdon Road, W8 · Abingdon Villas, W8 · Adam And Eve Mews, W8 · Airlie Gardens, W8 · Albert Place, W8 · Aldridge Road Villas, W11 · Alexander Mews, W2 · Alexander Street, W2 · Allen Street, W8 · Alma Studios, W8 · Ansdell Street, W8 · Ansdell Terrace, W8 · Argyll Road, W8 · Artesian Road, W2 · Aubrey Road, W8 · Aubrey Walk, W8 · Ball Street, W8 · Bark Place, W2 · Barkston Gardens, SW5 · Beatrice Place, W8 · Beckford Close, W14 · Bedford Gardens, W8 · Berkeley Gardens, W8 · Blithfield Street, W8 · Bridstow Place, W2 · Bulmer Mews, W11 · Burdett Mews, W2 · Callcott Street, W8 · Cambridge Place, W8 · Campden Grove, W8 · Campden Hill Court, W8 · Campden Hill Gardens, W8 · Campden Hill Place, W11 · Campden Hill Road, W8 · Campden Hill Square, W8 · Campden Hill Towers, W11 · Campden Hill, W8 · Campden Street, W8 · Caradoc Close, W2 · Chantry Square, W8 · Cheniston Gardens, W8 · Chepstow Corner, W2 · Chepstow Crescent, W11 · Chepstow Place, W2 · Chepstow Road, W2 · Chepstow Villas, W11 · Childs Place, SW5 · Clanricarde Gardens, W2 · Clydesdale Road, W11 · Collingham Place, SW5 · Colville Gardens, W11 · Colville Mews, W11 · Colville Road, W11 · Colville Terrace, W11 · Colville Terrace, W11 · Cope Place, W8 · Cornwall Gardens, SW7 · Cottesmore Court, W8 · Cottesmore Gardens, W8 · Courtnell Street, W2 · Cromwell Crescent, SW5 · Cromwell Road, SW5 · Dartmouth Close, W11 · Dawson Place, W2 · De Vere Gardens, W8 · De Vere Mews, W8 · Denbigh Close, W11 · Denbigh Road, W11 · Denbigh Terrace, W11 · Derry Street, W8 · Devonshire Place, W8 · Douro Place, W8 · Drayson Mews Holland Street, W8 · Drayson Mews, W8 · Duchess of Bedford’s Walk, W8 · Earl’s Terrace, W8 · Earls Court Gardens, SW5 · Earls Court Road, W8 · Earls Walk, W8 · Earl’s Court Road, SW5 · East Westbourne Grove, W2 · Eden Close, W8 · Edge Street, W8 · Edwardes Place, W8 · Edwardes Square Studios, W8 · Edwardes Square, W8 · Eldon Road, W8 · Elsie Lane Court, W2 · Emperor’s Gate, SW7 · Emperors Gate, SW7 · Essex Villas, W8 · Evesham House, W2 · Farm Place, W8 · Farmer Street, W8 · Fenelon Place, W14 · Garway Road, W2 · Gloucester Walk, W8 · Gordon Place, W8 · Gregory Place, W8 · Grenville Place, SW7 · Hatherley Grove, W2 · Hedgegate Court, W11 · Hereford Road, W2 · Hillgate Place, W8 · Hillgate Street, W8 · Hillsleigh Road, W8 · Hogarth Place, SW5 · Hogarth Road, SW5 · Holland House, W8 · Holland Park Road, W14 · Holland Park Road, W14 · Holland Street, W8 · Holland Walk, W11 · Holland Walk, W8 · Horbury Crescent, W11 · Horbury Mews, W11 · Hornton Place, W8 · Hornton Street, W8 · Ilchester Gardens, W2 · Inverness Gardens, W8 · Iverna Court, W8 · Iverna Gardens, W8 · Jameson Street, W8 · Kelso Place, W8 · Kensington Apartment, W8 · Kensington Arcade, W8 · Kensington Church Court, W8 · Kensington Church Street, W8 · Kensington Church Walk, W8 · Kensington Gardens Square, W2 · Kensington High Street, W8 · Kensington Mall, W8 · Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 · Kensington Palace, W8 · Kensington Park Gardens, W11 · Kensington Place, W8 · Kensington Road, W8 · Kenway Road, SW5 · Kildare Terrace, W2 · Knaresborough Place, SW5 · Kynance Mews, SW7 · Ladbroke Road, W11 · Ladbroke Square, W11 · Ladbroke Terrace, W11 · Ladbroke Walk, W11 · Lambton Place, W11 · Lancer Square, W8 · Launceston Place, SW7 · Launceston Place, W8 · Leamington House, W11 · Leamington Road Villas, W11 · Ledbury Mews North, W11 · Ledbury Mews West, W11 · Ledbury Road, W11 · Ledbury Road, W2 · Leinster Square, W2 · Lexham Gardens, SW5 · Lexham Gardens, W8 · Lexham Mews, W8 · Linden Gardens, W2 · Linden Mews, W2 · Logan Place, W8 · Longridge Road, SW5 · Lonsdale Road, W11 · Lucerne Mews, W8 · Macmillan House, W8 · Marloes Road, SW5 · Marloes Road, W8 · Marlogs Road, W8 · Mcgregor Road, W11 · McLeod’s Mews, SW7 · Melbury Court, W14 · Melbury Court, W8 · Melbury Road, W14 · Melon Place, W8 · Monmouth Road, W2 · Moorhouse Road, W2 · Moscow Place, W2 · Moscow Road, W2 · Needham Road, W11 · Nevern Place, SW5 · Nevern Road, SW5 · Newcombe House, W11 · Newton Road, W2 · Northumberland Place, W2 · Northumberland Place, W2 · Notting Hill Gate, W11 · Notting Hill Gate, W2 · Observatory Gardens, W8 · Old Court Place, W8 · Orme Lane, W2 · Orme Square, W2 · Ossington Street, W2 · Osten Mews, SW7 · Palace Avenue, W8 · Palace Court, W2 · Palace Gardens Mews, W8 · Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 · Palace Gate, W8 · Palace Green, W8 · Palace Place Mansions, W8 · Park Close, W14 · Peel Street, W8 · Pembridge Crescent, W11 · Pembridge Gardens, W2 · Pembridge Mews, W11 · Pembridge Place, W11 · Pembridge Place, W2 · Pembridge Road, W11 · Pembridge Road, W2 · Pembridge Square, W2 · Pembridge Villas, W11 · Pembroke Gardens Close, W8 · Pembroke Gardens, W8 · Pembroke Mews, W8 · Pembroke Place, W8 · Pembroke Road, W8 · Pembroke Square, W8 · Pembroke Studios, W8 · Pembroke Villas, W8 · Pembroke Walk, W8 · Pencombe Mews, W11 · Pennant Mews, W8 · Phillimore Gardens, W8 · Phillimore Place, W8 · Phillimore Walk, W8 · Pinehurst Court, W11 · Pitt Street, W8 · Powis Gardens, W11 · Powis Mews, W11 · Powis Square, W11 · Powis Terrace, W11 · Prince Of Wales Terrace, W8 · Prince’s Square, W2 · Princes Mews, W2 · Princes Square, W2 · Queensborough Studios, W2 · Rabbit Roe, W8 · Radley Mews, W8 · Redan House, W2 · Rede Place, W2 · Redfield Lane, SW5 · Rosehart Mews, W11 · Saint Luke’s Road, W11 · Saint Lukes Mews, W11 · Saint Mary Abbot’s Place, W8 · Saint Petersburgh Place, W2 · Saint Stephen’s Gardens, W2 · Scarsdale Place, W8 · Scarsdale Villas, W8 · Sheffield Terrace, W8 · Sheldrake Place, W8 · Showing every photo/image so far featured, W8 · Shrewsbury Road, W2 · Simon Close, W11 · South Courtyard, N19 · South Edwardes Square, W8 · South End Row, W8 · South End, W8 · Spear Mews, SW5 · St Albans Grove, W8 · St John’s Mews, W11 · St Lukes Mews, W11 · St Luke’s Road, W11 · St Margarets Lane, W8 · St Mary Abbots Hall, W8 · St Mary Abbots Place, W8 · St Mary Abbots Terrace, W14 · St Mary Abbots Vicarage, W8 · St Petersburgh Mews, W2 · St Petersburgh Place, W2 · St Stephens Gardens, W2 · St Stephens Mews, W2 · St Stephen’s Gardens, W2 · St. Mary Abbot’s Place, W8 · St. Mary’s Gate, W8 · St. Mary’s Place, W8 · Stafford Terrace, W8 · Stanford Road, W8 · Stanley Gardens Mews, W11 · Stone Hall Gardens, W8 · Stratford Road, W8 · Sunningdale Gardens, W8 · Sutherland Place, W2 · Sutherland Place, W2 · Talbot Road, W11 · Talbot Road, W2 · Templeton Place, SW5 · Thackeray Street, W8 · The Broad Walk, SW7 · The Broad Walk, W8 · The Broadwalk, W2 · Thornwood Gardens, W8 · Tor Court, W8 · Tor Gardens, W8 · Upper Phillimore Gardens, W8 · Uxbridge Street, W8 · Vicarage Court, W8 · Vicarage Gardens, W8 · Vicarage Gate, W8 · Victoria Gardens, W11 · Victoria Grove, W8 · Victoria Road, W8 · Warwick Chambers, W8 · Warwick Gardens, W14 · Warwick Road, W14 · Wellington Close, W11 · West Cromwell Road, SW5 · Westbourne Gardens, W2 · Westbourne Grove Mews, W11 · Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 · Westbourne Grove, W11 · Westbourne Grove, W2 · Westbourne Park Road, W11 · Westbourne Park Road, W2 · Westbourne Park Villas, W2 · Wilby Mews, W11 · Windsor Court, W2 · Wrights Lane, W8 · Wycombe Square, W8 · Wynnstay Gardens, W8 · York Passage, W8 · Young Street, W8 ·
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Inner West London (1932) FREE DOWNLOAD
1930s map covering East Acton, Holland Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Olympia, Shepherds Bush and Westbourne Park,
George Philip & Son, Ltd./London Geographical Society, 1932

Central London, north west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, north west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Central London, south west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, south west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
London Transport

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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