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The British Library Newspapers section is based in Colindale in North London.

British Newspaper Library, Colindale
The Library has an almost complete collection of British and Irish newspapers since 1840. This is partly because of the legal deposit legislation of 1869, which required newspapers to supply a copy of each edition of a newspaper to the library. London editions of national daily and Sunday newspapers are complete back to 1801. In total the collection consists of 660,000 bound volumes and 370,000 reels of microfilm containing tens of millions of newspapers with 52,000 titles on 45 km of shelves.

In May 2010 a ten year programme of digitisation of the newspaper archives with commercial partner DC Thomson subsidiary brightsolid began.

In November 2011, BBC News announced the launch of the British Newspaper Archive, an initiative to facilitate online access to over one million pages of pre-20th century newspapers.

Among the collections are the Thomason Tracts, containing 7,200 17th century newspapers, and the Burney Collection, featuring nearly 1 million pages of newspapers from the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. The Thomason Tracts and Burney collections are held at St Pancras, and are available in digital facsimile.

The section also has extensive records of non-British newspapers in languages that use the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The Library's substantial holdings of newspapers in the languages of Asia and the Middle East may be accessed at the Library's reading rooms at St. Pancras.

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John Dye
John Dye   
Added: 1 Dec 2017 14:50 GMT   
Post by John Dye: Cool Oak Lane, NW9

I lived at Queensbury Road, Kingsbury during World War II and used to play regularly along the edge of the Welsh Harp. About halfway along Cool Oak Lane on the south side was a pond we used to call Froggy Pond. It was the only place I ever saw a water scorpion, Nepa cinerea.
At the end of the war, all the street air raid shelters were knocked down and the rubble was piled up on the ground south of the Cool Oak Lane bridge, on the Hendon side. I remember that this heap of rubble became infested with rats and I used to watch them from the bridge. I was told that an old house on the south side of Cool Oak Lane (Woodfield House?) was once owned by the wife of Horatio Nelson. I think it later became the nurseries for plants grown for the Hendon parks.

Irene Whitby..maiden name crighton
Irene Whitby..maiden name crighton   
Added: 17 Nov 2017 22:50 GMT   
Post by Irene Whitby..maiden name crighton: Netherwood Street, NW6

I was born at 63netherwood street.need to know who else lived there.i think I moved out because of a fire but not sure

Added: 24 Sep 2017 22:22 GMT   
Post by Ron: Colindale

The leather business and ’Leatherville’ was set up by Arthur Garstin, not GARSTON.

Added: 13 Jul 2017 21:22 GMT   
Post by Martina: Schweppes Factory

The site is now a car shop and Angels Fancy Dress shop and various bread factories are there.

Added: 19 Apr 2019 01:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Mill Hill East

Added: 19 Apr 2019 00:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Hendon Central
Morning update: Delays and signal failures on the Underground mean heavy travel disruption

Good morning.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 23:20 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Dollis Hill
’Concreteberg’ weighing 105 tonnes found in London sewer
’Concreteberg’ weighing 105 tonnes found in London sewer

Added: 18 Apr 2019 22:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Totteridge
Calls for council to get tough on developers over affordable homes
Council officers have faced calls to get tough on developers who fail to meet the borough’s affordable homes targets.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 22:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Mill Hill Broadway
If you bought Dauphinoise Potatoes from Asda, they might actually be cauliflower cheese

Asda is recalling Dauphinoise Potatoes because some packs have been mistakenly filled with cauliflower cheese.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 22:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Hendon
Flats to expand despite opposition from residents
Flats to expand despite opposition from residents

Added: 18 Apr 2019 22:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Hendon Central
Watford footballer banned from driving after he was caught speeding on M25

The driver behind the wheel of a Mercedes G-Wagon who was clocked travelling at 116mph on the M25 is Watford star Etienne Capoue.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 22:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Edgware
Couple to star in circus as you’ve never seen it before
Knot is a dance and circus production by contemporary circus performers Nikki and JD. Using circus techniques alongside dance, performers Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé have created a show that is both death-defying and touchingly poignant. The production, is coming to artsdepot in North London on Thursday, May 23, as part of its UK tour.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 15:40 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Stonebridge Park
Footage shows 100-ton 'concreteberg' found lurking in London's sewers
The ’rock-hard’ blockage will take at least two months to break up

Added: 18 Apr 2019 15:40 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Wembley Park
Artist who drew boy's lost teddy wins publishing deal for story of search
A professional artist who brought a boy’s lost teddy to life through sketches has turned his story into a children’s book.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 15:40 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Stanmore
Extinction Rebellion climate protest enters day FOUR - as police are filmed dancing with protesters
"It is a strain. They’re a strain on police resources. We trying to manage all of our business as usual and the priorities that we have for our communities," she told LBC, stressing a "sustainable policing plan" had been created so that all necessary arrests could continue to be made.

Added: 18 Apr 2019 15:30 GMT   
Post by LDNnews: Canons Park
Sidcup dad to run London Marathon after hospital saved newborn daughter’s life

A Sidcup dad who almost lost his daughter just days after she was born is celebrating her first birthday by running the London Marathon for the hospital that saved her life.

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The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
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The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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Colindale is an area of north London lying to the northwest of Hendon.

Formerly in the borough and ancient parish of Hendon, Colindale was essentially the dale between Mill Hill and Burroughs. By the middle of the 20th century, it had come to include that part of the Edgware Road between The Hyde, and Burnt Oak.

The area is named after a 16th century family of the same name. Until the 20th century Collindale, was without any buildings save for a large house called Collindale Lodge, Collindale Farm, and a few cottages. (A spelling with two L’s has been used, as on this printed in 1873.) All of these properties were on Collindeep Lane, which had in the medieval period been an alternative route out of London (via Hampstead, Golders Green, and Hendon) to the Edgware Road. By the end of the 16th century it was not often used as a main road, and by the middle part of the 19th century was called Ancient Street.

By the end of the 19th century cheap land prices made Colindale attractive to developers. Colindale Hospital was started in 1898 as an asylum for the long term sick of central London, and The Government Lymph Establishment for making vaccines was built in 1907. By 1996 the majority of the hospital was closed, and at present lies mostly derelict. In 1902 the British Museum built a new depository, and kept the newspaper collection there from 1934.

Garston’s Ltd established a trunk factory in 1901, as well as a row of cottages called Leatherville, as such they constitute the first manufacturer in the Collindale. By 1914 there was already housing between Colindale Avenue and Annesley avenues mostly to house the workers of these endeavours. Immediately after the First World War a number of other manufacturing companies came to Colindale. Franco Illuminated Signs came to Aerodrome Road in 1922. They made their money making the lights for the Franco British Exhibition (1909), from which they took their name (later abbreviated to Franco). They were best known for the neon signs to be found in Piccadilly from the 1920s to the 1970s. Frigidaire started in a wooden shack in Aerodrome Road, employing 11 people in 1923, and selling the first automatic household fridges in England. The reason why many of these and other companies chose Colindale was that there was land available for expansion. However by 1923 the tube railway reached Colindale, land prices increased and factory expansion was not realisable. A number of industries looked elsewhere for premises. In 1931 Fridgdaire, for example, decided to build a new manufacturing plant on the Edgware Road and had moved its entire operations there by 1946.

Colindale station opened on 18 August 1924 on what was then the Hampstead and Highgate Line as the first station on the second section of the Underground’s extension to Edgware.

After the station opened suburban development was rapid, and by 1939 much of the western side was semi-detached housing. Typical is the Colin Park Estate built by F. H. Stucke & Co, built around Colindeep Lane (1927). A number of the houses on this estate are by the architect E. G. Trobridge. St Matthias started as a mission church in 1905. Its permanent building was opened in 1934 and rebuilt 1971-3. Colindale infants’ school was started in Colindeep Lane in 1921, with a new building constructed in Woodfield Avenue in 1933. In September of 1940 Colindale tube station and the Newpaper Library (rebuilt 1957) were bombed, and the site was visited by George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother. The V1 flying bombs hit Colindale Hospital on 1 July 1944 killing four members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

Places of interest include the British Library newspaper depository, the Royal Air Force Museum, Barnet College, and the Peel Centre (better known as Hendon Police College).

A small brook, a tributary of the River Brent called the Silk Stream, runs north to south. Here also is the Grahame Park Estate, built on the former Hendon Aerodrome.
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