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Franco-British Exhibition

In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition was constructed over a 140-acre site at White City in London.

The ’flip-flap’ and the Elite Garden can be seen here with a bandstand in the foreground.

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William Salter
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Post by William Salter: Wedlake Street Baths

The baths and the half penny steps can be seen in the 1962 film the Traitors

Ian Gammons
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Post by Ian Gammons: Pamber Street, W10

Born in Pamber Street but moved to Harlow, Essex in 1958 when I was three years old. The air wasn?t clean in London and we had to move to cleaner air in Harlow - a new town with very clean air!


Vallie Webster
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Post by Vallie Webster: Tunis Road, W12

I visited my grandmother who lived on Tunis Road from Canada in approximately 1967-68. I remember the Rag and Bone man who came down the road with a horse and milk delivered to the door with cream on the top. I also remember having to use an outhouse in the back of the row house. No indoor plumbing. We had to have a bath in a big metal tub (like a horse trough) in the middle of the kitchen filled with boiled water on the stove. Very different from Canada. My moms madin name was Hardcastle. Interesting to see the maps. Google maps also brings the world closer.


Norman Norrington
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Post by Norman Norrington: Blechynden Street, W10

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.

I lived there with My Mum Eileen and Dad Bert and Brothers Ron & Peter. I was Born in Du Cane Rd Hosp. Now Hammersmith Hosp.

Left there with my Wife Margaret and Daughter Helen and moved to Stevenage. Mum and Dad are sadly gone.

I now live on my own in Bedfordshire, Ron in Willesden and Pete in Hayling Island.

Have many happy memories of the area and go back 3/4 times a year now 75 but it pulls back me still.

BRIAN WYBROW Ph.D. (Lond.)
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Post by BRIAN WYBROW Ph.D. (Lond.): Maxilla Gardens, W10

I lived at 11A Maxilla Gardens W10 (now partly gone, but what is left is called Maxilla Walk).
I have provided an account of life in Maxilla gardens on the following website; so, to avoid repetition, please visit this link:


https://northkensingtonhistories.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/maxilla-gardens/

Best wishes to all.

Brian

Mary Harris
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Post by Mary Harris: 31 Princedale Road, W11

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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Maria Russ
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Post by Maria Russ: Middle Row Bus Garage

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.
Still have mum’s bus badge.

Happy times they were.

Debbie hobbs
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Post by Debbie hobbs : Raymede Street, W10

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

Susan Wright
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Post by Susan Wright: Bramley Mews, W10

My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.

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Wimbledon killer dad ’wanted to do away with family’
Robert Peters admits killing his seven-year-old daughter but denies her murder.

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Prince Harry and Prince William put Diana’s outfits on display


Prince Harry and Prince William put Diana’s outfits on display


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Kate Middleton borrowed the Queen’s earrings for Lindo Wing exit


Kate Middleton borrowed the Queen’s earrings for Lindo Wing exit


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Upcoming ITV drama on Milly Dowler’s killer filmed on Twickenham Green

Scenes from ITV’s upcoming drama on Milly Dowler’s killer are being filmed on Twickenham Green.


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Two jailed over cross-Channel cocaine night flights
The ringleader of a drugs gang said he’d been "night fishing" as he smuggled cocaine via helicopter.

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Cindy Crawford jets out of Heathrow


The supermodel, 52, adhered to her jet-setting lifestyle as she was spotted at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday afternoon.


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Kylie Minogue nails Western style at Heathrow Airport


The singer, 49, proved why she’s such a fashion favourite as she departed for New York via London Heathrow Airport on Monday.


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VIEW THE WHITE CITY AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE WHITE CITY AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE WHITE CITY AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE WHITE CITY AREA IN THE 1860s
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VIEW THE WHITE CITY AREA IN THE 1900s
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White City

White City was the place which defined the modern Marathon.

The area now called White City was level arable farmfields until 1908, when it was used as the site of the Franco-British Exhibition and the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1909 the exhibition site hosted the Imperial International Exhibition and in 1910, the Japan-British Exhibition. The final two exhibitions to be held there were the Latin-British (1912) and the Anglo-American (1914), which was brought to a premature end by the outbreak of the First World War.

During this period it was known as the Great White City due to the white marble cladding used on the exhibition pavilions, and hence gave its name to this part of Shepherd's Bush.

The White City Stadium was demolished in 1985 to make way for the BBC White City building. Today, the 1908 Olympics are commemorated with a list of athletes inscribed on the side of the BBC Broadcast Centre Building, and the athletics finish line is marked in the paving outside the building.

The Marathon from these London Olympics played an important part in the development of the modern marathon race. In the early years of competitive international sport, the long distance marathon race did not have a standard set distance. The distance run at the first seven Olympics from 1896 to 1920 varied between 40km and 42.75 km. The starting point of the race at the 1908 Olympics was at Windsor Castle creating a distance of 26 miles 385 yards to the finishing line at White City stadium. In 1921 this was adopted as the standard distance.

To house the growing population of Shepherd's Bush, a five-storey housing estate was built in the late 1930s, which also took the name of the White City. Streets were named after countries that had featured in the exhibitions.

White City tune station was opened on 23 November 1947, replacing the earlier Wood Lane station. Its construction started after 1938 and had been scheduled for completion by 1940, but the Second World War delayed its opening for another seven years.

The architectural design of the station won an award at the Festival of Britain and a commemorative plaque recording this is attached to the building to the left of the main entrance.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Blue Peter Garden:   
Old Oak Farm:   Old Oak Farm, by the end of its existence, was a notable stud farm and also housed kennels.
White City:   White City was the place which defined the modern Marathon.
Wood Lane:   Although Wood Lane is on an Underground Line which has been in operation since 1864, the station is newer.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Wood Lane (1914) :   Wood Lane - apparently London’s "go-to" station.
Wood Lane cottages (1890):   Old cottages in Wood Lane, c. 1890.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abdale Road, W12 · Arminger Road, W12 · Australia Road, W12 · Batman Close, W12 · Bentworth Road, W12 · Bloemfontein Avenue, W12 · Bloemfontein Road, W12 · Bloemfontein Way, W12 · Bulwer Street, W12 · Canada Way, W12 · Caxton Road, W12 · Commonwealth Avenue, W12 · Creighton Close, W12 · Depot Road, W12 · Dorando Close, W12 · East London City Health Authority, E1 · Ellerslie Road, W12 · Ethelden Road, W12 · Frithville Gardens, W12 · Galloway Road, W12 · Havelock Close, W12 · Hudson Close, W12 · Imre Close, W12 · India Way, W12 · Ingersoll Road, W12 · Ivebury Court, W10 · Joslings Close, W12 · Lawrence Close, W12 · Loftus Road, W12 · Mackenzie Close, W12 · Media Village, W5 · Pioneer Way, W12 · Relay Road, W12 · Samuels Close, W6 · Shinfield Street, W12 · South Africa Road, W12 · Stanlake Road, W12 · The Network, W12 · Thorpebank Road, W12 · Tunis Road, W12 · Upper Road, W12 · White City Close, W12 · White City Road, W12 · Wood Lane, SM7 · Wood Lane, W12 ·

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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

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.
John Rocque, The Strand, London

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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