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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.

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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!


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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.


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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.

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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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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.

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Post by David Jones-Parry: Tavistock Crescent, W11

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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Post by Susan Wright: Bramley Mews, W10

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

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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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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
Addison Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Ark Burlington Danes Academy:   Burlington Danes Academy is a Church of England non-selective, co-educational secondary school within the English academy programme, located on a 10-acre site.
Ark Swift Primary Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bassett House School:   Bassett House School is a mixed independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Beaumont Arms:   The former Beaumont Arms at 170 Uxbridge Road has been known by later names such as "Edwards" and "The Defectors Weld".
Blue Peter Garden:   The original garden, adjacent to Television Centre, was designed by Percy Thrower in 1974.
Cape Nursery:   The Cape Nursery once lay along the south side of Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Goldhawk Road:   Goldhawk Road station lies on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.
Jack Tizard School:   Community special school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 19.
Kensington Aldridge Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Kensington Memorial Park:   
Latimer AP Academy:   Academy alternative provision converter which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 18.
Latimer Road:   A station not named after the road it stands on
Lena Gardens Primary School:   Academy converter (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Little Wormwood Scrubs Recreation Ground:   
Miles Coverdale Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Old Oak Farm:   Old Oak Farm, by the end of its existence, was a notable stud farm and also housed kennels.
Oxford Gardens Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
PPP Community School:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 13 and 17.
Princess Louise Hospital:   The Princess Louise Hospital for Children was opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1928. It had 42 beds, an Out-Patients Department and Dispensary for Sick Women.
Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
Shepherd's Bush Market:   Shepherd’s Bush Market is a station on both the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.
Shepherd's Bush Market:   Shepherd’s Bush Market is a street market located on the east side of the railway viaduct for the Hammersmith and City Tube line.
Shepherds Bush:   Shepherd's Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Shepherds Bush Families Project and children’s centre:   This is a children’s centre.
St John XXIII Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Quintin Park & Wormwood Scrubbs:   St Quintin Park & Wormwood Scrubbs - two spellings missing from the modern map.
St Quintin’s Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
St Stephen’s CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Wood Lane:   Although Wood Lane is on an Underground Line which has been in operation since 1864, the station is newer.
Woodlane High School:   Community special school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
Young Dancers Academy:   The Young Dancers Academy is an independent vocational school specialising in classical ballet which accepts students between the ages of 10 and 16.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Franco-British Exhibition:   In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition was constructed over a 140-acre site at White City in London.
St Charles’ Square Training College (1908):   St Charles’ Square Training College/Carmelite Convent.
St Quintin Park Cricket Ground (1890s):   Before the turn of the 20th century, west of present day North Kensington lay fields - the future Barlby Road was the site of the St Quintin Park Cricket Ground.
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 · Addison Gardens, W14 · Agate Road, W6 · Aldermaston Street, W10 · Aldine Street, W12 · Amor Road, W6 · Anley Road, W14 · Archway Close, W10 · Ariel Way, W12 · Arminger Road, W12 · Astrop Terrace, W6 · Australia Road, W12 · Balliol Road, W10 · Bamborough Gardens, W12 · Bard Road, W10 · Barlby Road, W10 · Batman Close, W12 · Batoum Gardens, W6 · Beauclerc Road, W6 · Benbow Road, W6 · Bentworth Road, W12 · Berghem Mews, W14 · Blake Close, W10 · Blechynden Street, W10 · Bloemfontein Avenue, W12 · Bloemfontein Road, W12 · Bloemfontein Way, W12 · Blythe Mews, W14 · Bolingbroke Road, W14 · Bourbon Lane, W12 · Bracewell Road, W10 · Bramley Mews, W10 · Bramley Road, W10 · Bramley Road, W11 · Bramley Street, W10 · Brewster Gardens, W10 · Bulwer Street, W12 · Calderon Place, W10 · Calverley Street, W10 · Canada Way, W12 · Canal Way, W10 · Carthew Villas, W6 · Caxton Road, W12 · Charecroft Way, W12 · Charecroft Way, W14 · Charlotte Mews, W10 · Commonwealth Avenue, W12 · Coulter Road, W6 · Coverdale Road, W12 · Creighton Close, W12 · Cromwell Grove, W6 · Crowthorne Road, W10 · Dalgarno Gardens, W10 · Dalgarno Way, W10 · Darfield Way, W10 · Darfield Way, W10 · Depot Road, W12 · Devonport Road, W12 · Dewhurst Road, W14 · Dewhurst Road, W6 · Dorando Close, W12 · Dunsany Road, W14 · East Mews, W10 · Ellerslie Road, W12 · Ethelden Road, W12 · Evesham Street, W11 · Eynham Road, W12 · Finstock Road, W10 · Freston Road, W10 · Freston Road, W11 · Frithville Gardens, W12 · Frog Island, W12 · Gainsborough Court, W12 · Galloway Road, W12 · Glenroy Street, W12 · Goldhawk Mews, W12 · Grove Mews, W6 · Havelock Close, W12 · Hebron Road, W6 · Highlever Road, W10 · Hill Farm Road, W10 · Hopgood Street, W12 · Hudson Close, W12 · Humber Drive, W10 · Hunt Close, W11 · Imre Close, W12 · India Way, W12 · Ingersoll Road, W12 · Ivebury Court, W10 · Joslings Close, W12 · Kelfield Gardens, W10 · Kelfield Mews, W10 · Kingsbridge Road, W10 · Lakeside Road, W14 · Latimer Mews, W10 · Latimer Place, W10 · Lawrence Close, W12 · Lena Gardens, W6 · Lime Grove, W12 · Lockton Street, W10 · Loftus Road, W12 · Loris Road, W6 · Macfarlane Road, W12 · Mackenzie Close, W12 · Manchester Road, W10 · Market Approach, W12 · Martin Street, W10 · Matthew Close, W10 · Media Village, W5 · Melrose Gardens, W6 · Methwold Road, W10 · Millers Way, W6 · Minford Gardens, W14 · Mitre Way, W10 · Nascot Street, W12 · Netherwood Place, W14 · Netherwood Road, W14 · Nicholas Road, W11 · North Pole Road, W10 · North Pole Road, W12 · Nursery Lane, W10 · Oakworth Road, W10 · Olaf Street, W11 · Pamber Street, W10 · Pangbourne Avenue, W10 · Pennard Road, W12 · Pioneer Way, W12 · Poplar Grove, W6 · Pump Track, IG6 · Queensdale Crecent, W11 · Redan Street, W14 · Relay Road, W12 · Richford Gate, W6 · Richford Street, W6 · Richmond Way, W12 · Richmond Way, W14 · Rockley Court, W14 · Rockley Road, W14 · Rootes Drive, W10 · Saint Helens Gardens, W10 · Saint Mark’s Road, W10 · Saint Quintin Avenue, W10 · Saint Quintin Gardens, W10 · Salters Road, W10 · Samuels Close, W6 · Scotts Road, W12 · Scrubs Lane, W12 · Shalfleet Drive, W10 · Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 · Shepherds Bush Road, W12 · Shepherds Bush Road, W6 · Shepherd’s Bush Place, W12 · Shinfield Street, W12 · Shrewsbury Court, EC1Y · Shrewsbury Street, W10 · Silchester Mews, W10 · Silchester Street, W10 · Silchester Terrace, W10 · Silver Road, W12 · Snarsgate Street, W10 · South Africa Road, W12 · Springvale Terrace, W14 · St Helens Gardens, W10 · St Marks Road, W10 · St Quintin Avenue, W10 · St Quintin Gardens, W10 · Stable Way, W10 · Stanlake Road, W12 · Stanlake Villas, W12 · Sterndale Road, W6 · Sterne Street, W12 · Sulgrave Road, W6 · Sunbeam Crescent, W10 · Sutton Way, W10 · Sycamore Gardens, W6 · Tadmor Street, W12 · The Grampians, W6 · The Network, W12 · The Trail, W12 · Thorpebank Road, W12 · Trussley Road, W6 · Tunis Road, W12 · Upper Road, W12 · Verulam House, W6 · Wallingford Avenue, W10 · Walmer Road, W10 · Warbeck Road, W12 · Waynflete Square, W10 · Waynflete Square, W10 · Webb Close, W10 · Wells Road, W12 · Wells Road, W6 · West Cross Route, W11 · Westfield Way, W12 · Westview Close, W10 · Westwick Gardens, W14 · White City Close, W12 · White City Road, W12 · Wood Lane, W12 · Woodger Road, W12 ·
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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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London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
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London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
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Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
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