Rural Chamberlayne Road (1900s)

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The footpath at the top of Chamberlayne Road leading to Willesden.

   Contemporary view of the area - viewing direction is appoximate

Until after the first world war, the area north of Kensal Rise was still fields.

Chamberlayne Road was originally part of a footpath which ran from Kensal Green to Willesden Green.

As the nineteenth century wore on, a railway which later became the North London Line pushes east-west across the fields and Kensal Rise (a made up name) station was built.

The footpath of Chamberlayne Road was upgraded to a suburban street as far as the station.

In 1890, the National Athletic Grounds were built just to the north of the station and Chamberlayne Road leapt over the railway to serve it.

The land hereabouts belonged to All Soul’s College and who were keen to exploit it. But, they like the rest of London were affected by a slump in property prices after 1904 and lasting until the First World War.

North of the railway they built Clifford Gardens in 1897, designed by Charles Langler and Charles Pinkham, the facades decorated with quaint and curious stucco scenes. (Note that the "1900" map was actually surveyed in 1896 as so does not show Clifford Gardens yet.

But Chamberlayne Road stopped here until the 1920s and reverted to the footpath, pictured.

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Kensal Rise

Former location of the National Athletic Grounds

Kensal Rise railway station opened in 1873 as Kensal Green, replacing Kensal Green & Harlesden railway station which opened in 1861 at the crossing of Green Lane (later Wrottesley Road), lying in between the present station and Willesden Junction. The present station was renamed Kensal Rise in 1890.

The names Kensal Green and Kensal Rise are used somewhat interchangeably by non-residents to denote the same district, although residents differentiate between the areas based on proximity to the local tube and railway stations.

Roughly speaking, the area west of Chamberlayne Road, north of Harrow Road and south of Kensal Rise railway station is considered Kensal Green while that to the east of Chamberlayne Road and north of the station is considered Kensal Rise. These boundaries are by no means fixed however and some residents are known to use both terms with little regard for geographical accuracy.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Chamberlayne Farm:   Chamberlain (Wood) Farm developed out of the manor of Chambers, named after Richard de Camera, an early 13th century cleric.
Kensal Green:   Kensal Green, site of England's oldest cemetary still in use.
Kensal Rise:   Former location of the National Athletic Grounds
Kensal Rise Library:   Kensal Rise Library was a public library opened by American author Mark Twain.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Kensal Rise (1907):   Motor buses at Kensal Rise station.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
All Souls Avenue, NW10 · Amery Gardens, NW10 · Ancona Road, NW10 · Ashburnham Road, NW10 · Banister Road, W10 · Bathurst Gardens, NW10 · Bolton Gardens, NW10 · Bramston Road, NW10 · Bridge House, NW10 · Buchanan Gardens, NW10 · Burrows Road, NW10 · Cardinal Hinsley Close, NW10 · Chamberlayne Road, NW10 · Chelmsford Square, NW10 · Clifford Gardens, NW10 · College Road, NW10 · Crediton Road, NW10 · Cross Way, NW10 · Dairy Close, NW10 · Doyle Gardens, NW10 · Dundonald Road, NW10 · Egerton Gardens, NW10 · Fortune Gate Road, NW10 · Furness Road, NW10 · Hanover Road, NW10 · Hanover West, NW10 · Hardinge Road, NW10 · Harlesden Road, NW10 · Harvist Road, NW10 · Haycroft Gardens, NW10 · Herbert Gardens, NW10 · Holland Road, NW10 · Irwin Gardens, NW10 · Kempe Road, NW6 · Keslake Mansions, NW10 · Keslake Road, NW6 · Kings Parade, NW10 · Langler Road, NW10 · Leigh Gardens, NW10 · Leighton Gardens, NW10 · Liddell Gardens, NW10 · Linden Avenue, NW10 · Longstone Avenue, NW10 · Lushington Road, NW10 · Marian Way, NW10 · Monson Road, NW10 · Mortimer Road, NW10 · Mount Pleasant Road, NW10 · Mount Pleasant Road, NW2 · Napier Road, NW10 · Odessa Road, NW10 · Okehampton Road, NW10 · Okehampton Road, NW6 · Palermo Road, NW10 · Phillimore Gardens, NW10 · Purves Road, NW10 · Radcliffe Avenue, NW10 · Ridley Road, NW10 · Robson Avenue, NW10 · Station Terrace, NW10 · Tiverton Road, NW10 · Trevelyan Gardens, NW10 · Uffington Road, NW10 · Wakeman Road, NW10 · Whitmore Gardens, NW10 · Wrentham Avenue, NW10 · Wrottesley Road, NW10 ·


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