Between Thorplands on the east and Shoot Up Hill
on the west lay several fields called Earlsfields.
The name "West Hampstead" was a 19th century invention - the original name was West End.
Pastureage sold in 'Erlesfeld' was listed among the issues of the Hampstead manor in 1322. It is unlikely that Earlsfield was part of the original manorial demesne because of its position. It may have originated in assarted land that was later leased or granted out or it may have been tenant land which had escheated to the lord.
In 1632 John Kemp leased a cottage at Shoot Up Hill
and two crofts called Earlsfield (6 acres). They, together with two cottages and a small close at Kilburn, passed on John's death in 1643 to his brother Francis Kemp of Willesden,
By the turn of the nineteenth century, the Greenhill family held Earlsfield. The estate was identifiable as two fields south of Mill Lane
, forming a long strip of 7 acres, copyhold and heriotable. It passed to Samuel Hoare and his son Joseph, who sold it to the Midland Railway Company in 1867.
The other two long fields to the east were freehold, comprising a house and 14 acres in 1705. By the time that the 1800 map was published, the house had gone. The freehold fields passed through a number of hands in the eighteenth century until finally held by Richard Houlditch and by his executors in 1864.
With the building of the Midland Railway, the tracks ran across the middle of Earlsfield. It was split into two. Fronting Mill Lane
, there was just a triangle of land left which was sold to the Land Building Investment and Cottage Improvement Co.
Terraced houses in varied styles presumably indicating the builders, E. Garrett and William Brown, both of Ravenshaw Street
, J. C. Wallas of Belsize Road, and Rathbone of Croydon, were crammed into Ravenshaw and Glastonbury Street
s and Broomsleigh and Dornfell Roads between 1883 and 1887. Another 10 were built in Broomsleigh Road in 1890 and two in Ravenshaw Street
The southern triangle become West End railway sidings originally and them the West End Sidings housing estate.Licence:
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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
Added: 16 Jan 2018 15:21 GMT
|Post by Paul Shepherd: Chamberlayne Road, NW10|
i lived in Rainham Rd in the 1960?s. my best friends were John McCollough and Rosalind Beevor. it was a good time to be there but local schools were not good and i got out before it went to a real slum. i gather it?s ok now.
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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 Julia elsdon: Shirland Mews, W9|
I didn’t come from Shirland Mews, but stayed there when my father was visiting friends, sometime in the mid to late forties. As I was only a very young child I don’t remember too much. I seem to think there were the old stables or garages with the living accommodation above. My Mother came from Malvern Road which I think was near Shirland Mews. I remember a little old shop which had a "milk cow outside". So I was told, it was attached to the front of the shop and you put some money in and the milk would be dispensed into your container. Not too sure if it was still in use then. Just wonder if anyone else remembers it.yz5
Irene Whitby..maiden name crighton
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|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
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|Post by Brenda Jackson: Granville Road, NW6|
My Gt Gt grandparents lived at 83 Pembroke Road before it became Granville Road, They were married in 1874, John Tarrant and Maryann Tarrant nee Williamson.
Her brother George Samuel Williamson lived at 95 Pembroke Road with his fwife Emily and children in the 1881 Census
Apparently the extended family also lived for many years in Alpha Place, Canterbury Road, Peel Road,
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Lacking its own supply of spring water and situated away from the main roads, medieval West End barely qualified as a hamlet until a few country houses were built here from the 17th century onwards. The tendency for West End Lane
to become impassably muddy after heavy rain further enhanced the hamlet's isolation.
By 1815 West End was still exceptionally quiet – so much so that its inhabitants claimed to have heard the cannon fire at Waterloo. The construction of the Finchley Road
in the 1830s brought few additions to a population that consisted of a handful of squires and some farm labourers, gardeners and craftsmen. By 1851 West End had one inn and two beershops.
Railways were the prime stimulus of growth in many country corners of modern London but few places were transformed as wholly as West End. With the arrival of the Hampstead Junction Railway in 1857, the Midland Railway in 1868 and the Metropolitan and St John’s Wood Railway in 1879, the new suburb of West Hampstead spread in all directions.
Rapid development in the 1880s and 1890s swept away the large houses and the streets were laid out in today's pattern. A local estate agent in Kilburn claimed that he coined the name ‘West Hampstead’, for one of the local railway stations. Public amenities such as street lighting, gas and electricity were provided and much of the frontage to West End Lane
was developed as shops.
Some of the new estates were the work of big developers like the United Land Company, whose inclination was to build fairly densely, and during the latter decades of the 19th century parts of West Hampstead became increasingly working-class in character, with policeman, travelling salesmen and railwaymen mixing with clerks and artisans. Engineering workshops operated near the railway lines.
Twentieth-century building was limited mainly to interwar blocks of flats in the north of the district, often in place of Victorian houses that had already become run-down.
The West Hampstead ward now has relatively few families and a great number of young single people. A large proportion of homes are privately rented and fewer than a quarter of adults are married, compared with more than half for the country as a whole. This socio-economic profile is evident in the upmarket cafés that have lined West End Lane
in recent years.
Famous West Hampstead residents have included the singers Dusty Springfield, Joan Armatrading, Olivia Newton John and Jimmy Somerville, author Doris Lessing, actresses Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson, and the playwright Joe Orton, who lived on West End Lane
with his lover Kenneth Halliwell from 1951 to 1959. Stephen Fry has also lived here.
|LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP|
: What is now the Alice House has been through a number of incarnations since it was built in the early 1900s.Beckford's Estate
: Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.Billy Fury Way, NW6
: Billy Fury Way is a path which runs alongside the railway in NW6.Broadhurst Gardens Meadow
: Broadhurst Gardens Community Meadow is a private area open only to the residents of the houses which surround it.Brondesbury
: Brondesbury was originally "Brand’s manor", a small hamlet in Middlesex.Canterbury House
: In the last half of the nineteenth century, a white house called Canterbury was built on the then southern fringes of West End.Cedars
: A local West Hampstead builder, Thomas Potter, constructed Cedars in 1878.Compayne Open Space
: As West Hampstead was developed, a series of private gardens were built behind the urban facades.Decca Studios
: Decca Studios was a recording facility in Broadhurst Gardens.Fortune Green
: Fortune Green lies to the north of the ancient village of West End.Hampstead Cricket Club
: Hampstead Cricket Club moved to its Lymington Road site in 1877.Hillfield
: By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.Jacksfield
: Jacksfield was one of the smaller but well-documented copyhold estates in the West Hampstead area.Kilburn
: Kilburn is an area which straddles both sides of the Edgware Road (Kilburn High Road).Kingsgate Community Centre
: Kingsgate Community Association was set up in 1982 by a group of local people who wished to establish a community centre in what was then a derelict building.Lauriston Lodge
: Lauriston Lodge, now the site of Dene Mansions, was a large house in West Hampstead.Maygrove Peace Park
: On 27 April 1983, Camden Council opened Maygrove Peace Park and dedicated it as a reminder of the Council's commitment to peace.Oaklands Hall
: On the west side of West End Lane, Charles Spain bought 5 acres and between 1829 and 1838 built York Villa.Poplar House
: Poplar House was occupied by one of the first developers of West Hampstead, Thomas Potter.Potter's Iron Foundry
: In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.Ripley House
: Jeremy Jepson Ripley built a house and coach house after 1814, with a large garden north of Lauriston Lodge.Sandwell House
: Sandwell House was owned by three generations of the Wachter family.The Black Lion
: The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house. The Railway
: The Railway pub is a standard Victorian pub with a musical secret.The Wet Fish Cafe
: The Wet Fish Café is an Art Deco classic at 242 West End Lane.Thorplands
: Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.Treherne House
: Treherne House was built in the mid eighteenth century,West Cottages, NW6
: Cottages in London NW6.West End Green
: West End Green is situated on a corner of West End Lane, formerly the location of West End Fair.West End Hall
: West End Hall (once called New West End Hall) was one of the mansions of West End (West Hampstead).West End House
: West End House, once in open countryside, became surrounded by railways.West End Park
: West End Park was created from fields known as the 'Little Estate'.West End Sidings Estate
: The West End Sidings Estate takes its name from the former West End railway sidings running along the Midland Railway.West Hampstead
: The name "West Hampstead" was a 19th century invention - the original name was West End.West Hampstead (Overground) station
: Wesr Hampstead overground station was known as West End Lane until its name was changed in 1975. West Hampstead Synagogue
: The West Hampstead Synagogue was consecrated in September 1892.Mill Lane, looking east (1900s)
: Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.
Achilles Road, NW6
|NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP|
· Agamemnon Road, NW6
· Ajax Road, NW6
· Alvanley Gardens, NW3
· Alvanley Gardens, NW6
· Ariel Road, NW6
· Asmara Road, NW2
· B505, NW6
· Banister Mews, NW6
· Barlow Road, NW6
· Bembridge Close, NW6
· Berridge Mews, NW6
· Beswick Mews, NW6
· Billy Fury Way, NW6
· Blackburn Road, NW6
· Brassey Road, NW6
· Broadhurst Close, NW6
· Broadhurst Gardens, NW6
· Broadwell Parade, NW6
· Broomsleigh Street, NW6
· Canfield Gardens, NW6
· Carlton Mews, NW6
· Cavendish Close, NW6
· Cavendish Road, NW6
· Cleve Road, NW6
· Compayne Gardens, NW6
· Cotleigh Road, NW6
· Crediton Hill, NW6
· Crown Close, NW6
· Dennington Park Road, NW6
· Dornfell Street, NW6
· Doulton Mews, NW6
· Dresden Close, NW6
· Dyne Road, NW6
· Dynham Road, NW6
· Exeter Parade, NW2
· Exeter Road, NW6
· Fawley Road, NW6
· Garlinge Road, NW2
· Gascony Avenue, NW6
· Gladstone Mews, NW6
· Gladys Road, NW6
· Glastonbury Street, NW6
· Glenbrook Road, NW6
· Goldhurst Terrace, NW6
· Gondar Gardens, NW6
· Hall Oak Walk, NW6
· Harvard Court, NW6
· Hemstal Road, NW6
· Highfield Mews, NW6
· Hillfield Road, NW6
· Hilltop Road, NW6
· Holmdale Road, NW6
· Honeybourne Road, NW6
· Inglewood Road, NW6
· Iverson Road, NW6
· Kingdon Road, NW6
· Kings Gardens, NW6
· Kingscroft Road, NW2
· Kylemore Road, NW6
· Landau House, NW2
· Liddell Road, NW6
· Linburn House, NW6
· Linstead Street, NW6
· Loveridge Mews, NW6
· Loveridge Road, NW6
· Lowfield Road, NW6
· Lymington Road, NW6
· Maygrove Road, NW6
· Medley Road, NW6
· Menelik Road, NW2
· Messina Avenue, NW6
· Metropolitan/Jubilee Lines, NW6
· Mill Lane, NW2
· Mill Lane, NW6
· Milverton Road, NW6
· Minster Road, NW2
· Minton Mews, NW6
· Mowbray Road, NW2
· Mowbray Road, NW6
· Narcissus Road, NW6
· Netherwood Street, NW6
· Norman Terrace, NW6
· O2 Centre Car Park, NW3
· Pandora Road, NW6
· Ravenshaw Street, NW6
· Rose Joan Mews, NW6
· Rowntree Close, NW6
· Saint Cuthberts Road, NW2
· Salmon Mews, NW6
· Sandwell Crescent, NW6
· Sarre Road, NW2
· Sherriff Road, NW6
· Smyrna Road, NW6
· Solent Road, NW6
· Somali Road, NW2
· Spode Walk, NW6
· St Cuthbert?s Road, NW2
· Sumatra Road, NW6
· The Arches, NW6
· The Mansions, NW6
· Ulysses Place, E20
· Ulysses Road, NW6
· Wayne Kirkum Way, NW6
· Webheath, NW6
· West Cottages, NW6
· West End Lane, NW6
· West Hampstead Mews, NW6
· Westbere Road, NW2