Admiral Mews, W10

Road in/near North Kensington, existing between the 1880s and now

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Admiral Mews is a small road off Barlby Road, W10.


Admiral Mews, though formally labelled as a street in the 1880s, (and at first called ’Admiral Place’) existed for longer than this.

It was the site for cowsheds just before the area was urbanised - these are marked on the 1870 map of the area. Drovers bringing their cattle to the London markets would house them in these sheds for the night. The drovers found shelter and refreshment in the neighbouring tavern - "The Admiral Blake". Neither the sheds nor the mews were marked upon contemporary maps until the 1880s.

Admiral Blake was a Cromwellian admiral who defeated the Royalist navy during the Civil War, and captured a Spanish treasure-fleet in 1656.

Since the redevelopment of the "Cowshed" area, the status of the mews has been downgraded and often does not take a name.

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North Kensington

North Kensington lies either side of Ladbroke Grove, W10.

North Kensington was rural until the 19th century, when it was developed as a suburb with quite large homes. By the 1880s, too many houses had been built for the upper-middle class towards whom the area was aimed. Large houses were divided into low cost flats which often degenerated into slums, as documented in the photographs of Roger Mayne.

During the 1980s, the area started to be gentrified although areas in the north west of the district at Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park remain deprived and run down to this day.

Waves of immigrants have arrived for at least a century including, but certainly not limited to, the Spanish, the Irish, the Jews, the West Indians, the Portuguese, the Moroccans and many from the Horn of Africa and Eastern Europe. This constant renewal of the population makes the area one of the most cosmopolitan in London.

The Notting Hill carnival was first staged in 1964 as a way for the local Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. After some rough times in the 1970s and 1980s when it became associated with social protest, violence and huge controversy over policing tactics, this is now Europe’s largest carnival/festival event and a major event in the London calendar. It is staged every August over the Bank holiday weekend.
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