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Whiteley's, Bayswater (1920s)


Whiteley’s, pictured here in the 1920s, was designated a Grade II Listed Building in 1970.

The original Whiteleys department store was created by William Whiteley, who started a drapery shop at 31 Westbourne Grove in 1863.

In 1907, William Whiteley was murdered by Horace George Rayner, who claimed to be his illegitimate son, "Cecil Whiteley". After his death, the board including two of Whiteley’s sons allowed the leases on the various Westbourne Grove properties to lapse and moved into a new purpose built store on Queens Road (now called Queensway).

The building was designed by John Belcher and John James Joass, and was opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1911. It was the height of luxury at the time, including both a theatre and a golf-course on the roof. It appears in a number of early 20th-century novels, and in Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, where Eliza Doolittle is sent "to Whiteleys to be attired." In the late 1920s, Dr. A. J. Cronin, the novelist, was appointed the medical officer of Whiteleys, and in 1927 rival store Selfridges purchased the business.

The department store closed down in 1981 remaining empty until the building was purchased by a firm called the Whiteleys Partnership in 1986, later acquired by the Standard Life Assurance Company. Extensive reconstruction followed; the façade and some interior features such as stairs and railings remain, but essentially the building was demolished and rebuilt. During this reconstruction a tower crane collapsed, killing workmen and the driver of a car.

It reopened on 26 July 1989 as a shopping centre.

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Bayswater

Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas - also one of London's biggest concentration of hotels.

Notably, there is a significant Arab population, a large number of Americans, a substantial Greek community attracted by London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the area is also a centre of London's Brazilian community.

Architecturally, the biggest part of the area is made up of Victorian mansion blocks, mostly, although not exclusively, divided up into flats. There are also purpose built apartment blocks dating from the inter-war period as well as more recent developments, and a there is large Council Estate, the 800 flat Hallfield Estate, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and now largely sold off. There are some garden squares in the area.

Queensway and Westbourne Grove are busy High Streets, with a very large number of ethnic restaurants.

Bayswater tube station lies between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington.

The station was opened 1 October 1868, just 5 years after the London Underground started. It was renamed several times: to Bayswater (Queen's Road) & Westbourne Grove in 1923, to Bayswater (Queen's Road) in 1933.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Bayswater:   Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas - also one of London's biggest concentration of hotels.
Queen's Cinema:   This cinema was situated at the top of Queensway, on the corner of Bishop's Bridge Road.
Queensway:   Queensway (formerly Queen's Road) is a bustling cosmopolitan street in the Bayswater district of west London, containing many restaurants and stores.
Upton Farm:   Upton Farm began in 1725 and was gone by 1839.
Westbourne House:   Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Westbourne Lodge:   Westbourne Lodge appeared in one of the earliest photographs in London.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Alexander Mews, W2 · Alexander Street, W2 · Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 · Bishop’s Bridge, W2 · Bishop's Bridge Road, W2 · Bishops Bridge Road, W2 · Burdett Mews, W2 · Caroline Place Mews, W2 · Caroline Place, W2 · Celbridge Mews, W2 · Cervantes Court, W2 · Cleveland Gardens, W2 · Consort House, W2 · Fosbury Mews, W2 · Garway Road, W2 · Gloucester Gardens, W2 · Hallfield Estate, W2 · Hatherley Grove, W2 · Ilchester Gardens, W2 · Inverness Mews, E16 · Inverness Mews, W2 · Inverness Place, W2 · Inverness Terrace, W2 · Kensington Gardens Square, W2 · Leinster Gardens, W2 · Leinster Square, W2 · Leinster Terrace, W2 · Moscow Place, W2 · Moscow Road, W2 · Newton Road, W2 · Olympia Mews, W2 · Orme Court, W2 · Orme Lane, W2 · Orsett Mews, W2 · Orsett Terrace, W2 · Ossington Street, W2 · Pembroke House, W2 · Pickering Mews, W2 · Poplar Place, W2 · Porchester Gardens Mews, W2 · Porchester Gardens, W2 · Porchester Gate, W2 · Porchester Road, W2 · Porchester Square, W2 · Porchester Terrace North, W2 · Porchester Terrace, W2 · Princes Square, W2 · Princess Court, W2 · Queens Court, W2 · Queens Mews, W2 · Queensborough Passage, W2 · Queensborough Studios, W2 · Queensborough Terrace, W2 · Queensway, W2 · Redan House, W2 · Redan Place, W2 · Salem Road, W2 · St Petersburgh Mews, W2 · St Petersburgh Place, W2 · The Broad Walk, W2 · The Broadwalk, W1H · The Whiteleys Centre, W2 · Westbourne Gardens, W2 · Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 · Westbourne Grove, W2 · Whiteleys Centre, W2 · Windsor Court, UB5 · Windsor Court, W2 ·


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