Welsh Harp (Brent Reservoir)

Reservoir in/near Dollis Hill, existing between 1835 and now

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The Brent Reservoir (popularly called the Welsh Harp) is a reservoir between Hendon and Wembley Park.

It lies on the boundary between the boroughs of Brent and Barnet. The reservoir takes its informal name from a public house called The Welsh Harp, which stood nearby until the early 1970s.

By 1820 there was not enough water to supply the Grand Union Canal and the Regent’s Canal so having obtained an enabling act of Parliament in 1819, the Regent’s Canal Company decided to dam the River Brent to create a reservoir and cut a feeder channel from it to an upper point on the Grand Union Canal. The reservoir is fed by the Silk Stream and the River Brent. Its main outflow is the River Brent.

The reservoir was constructed by contractor William Hoof between 1834 and 1835. The water flooded much of Cockman’s Farm, to supply the Regent’s Canal at Paddington. Its owner gave it the name of its then-parish it was named Kingsbury Reservoir.

Additional building was completed in December 1837 to extend the reservoir. In 1841 after seven days of continuous rain the dam head collapsed, killing two people. It was after this that a supervisor was employed for the first time, with a cottage near the dam, which remains.

At its greatest extent it covered 400 acres in 1853. It was reduced to 195 acres in the 1890s; later to 110 acres. It is still said to contain enough water to fill three million baths, and in 1994 when the reservoir was drained, more than 6,700 lb of fish were captured, 95% of which were Roach. Fishing is now prohibited.

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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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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.

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VIEW THE DOLLIS HILL AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE DOLLIS HILL AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE DOLLIS HILL AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE DOLLIS HILL AREA IN THE 1860s
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VIEW THE DOLLIS HILL AREA IN THE 1900s
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Aboyne Road, NW10

Aboyne Road is a street in Willesden.




LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Anson Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Avigdor Hirsch Torah Temimah Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bartholomew's 1908 map:   Bartholomew's Handy Reference Atlas Of London & Suburbs was produced in 1908.
Beis Medrash Elyon:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
Braintcroft E-Act Primary Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Brent Sidings:   Brent Sidings was a set of railway sidings built for the Midland Railway alongside the Edgware Road.
Childs Hill School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Clarefield Park:   
Claremont Primary School:   Academy converter (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Clitterhouse Farm:   Clitterhouse Farm was originally a woodland sub-manor held by John de Langton in 1321 and by his younger son Robert in 1335. From 1439 it was in the possession of St Bartholomew's Hospital, and continued to be in their possession up to its sale in 1921, when it was sold to the War Department; it was later split up among private developers.
Dollis Hill:   Dollis Hill tube station lies on the Jubilee Line, between Willesden Green and Neasden. Metropolitan Line trains pass though the station, but do not stop.
Dollis Hill Farm:   Dollis Hill Farm was situated to the north of Dollis Hill Lane.
Dollis Hill House:   Dollis Hill House was an early 19th-century farmhouse located on the modern-day northern boundary of Gladstone Park.
Gladstone Park:   
Gladstone Park Primary School:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Menorah High School for Girls:   Voluntary aided school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Mora Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Neasden Recreation Ground:   
Northview Junior and Infant School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Our Lady of Grace RC Infant and Nursery School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Oxgate Farm:   Situated at the corner of where the modern day Coles Hill Road and Oxgate Lane meet, Oxgate Farm was a timber framed 16th or 17th century building.
Sakutu Organisation Montessori:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Silk Bridge:   Silk Bridge carries the former Roman Road of Watling Street and today's A5 over the Silk Stream here.
Silk Stream:   Silk Stream is just over 4 kilometres long and lies entirely within the current London Borough of Barnet.
St Agnes RC School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Staples Corner, NW2:   Staples Corner is named after the Staples Mattress Factory - Harold Heal commissioned its design and building of the- which stood here from 1926 until 1986.
The Crest Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
The Hyde School:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Unity Girls High School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Welsh Harp Open Space:   
West Hendon Playing Fields:   West Hendon Playing Fields is a 62 acre public park.
Woodfield Park:   
Woodfield School:   Academy special converter which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19.
Wykeham Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
West Hendon from above:   View of The Broadway, West Hendon, from the north-west, 1921.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
A4088, NW10 · Aberdeen Road, NW10 · Aboyne Road, NW10 · Aboyne Road, NW2 · Ainsworth Close, NW2 · Alan Coren Close, NW2 · Alder Grove, NW2 · Allotment Way, NW2 · Annesley Close, NW10 · Anson Road, NW2 · Applewood Close, NW2 · Apsley Way, NW2 · Ardley Close, NW10 · Ashcombe Park, NW2 · Ashford Road, NW2 · Astley Avenue, NW2 · Attewood Avenue, NW10 · Avondale Avenue, NW2 · Ballards Road, NW2 · Ballogie Avenue, NW10 · Balnacraig Avenue, NW10 · Baskerville Gardens, NW10 · Bermans Way, NW10 · Birse Crescent, NW10 · Blair Avenue, NW9 · Brendon Avenue, NW10 · Brent Terrace, NW2 · Brent View Road, NW4 · Brent View Road, NW9 · Briar Road, NW2 · Broadfield Close, NW2 · Brook Road Dollis Hill Estate, NW2 · Brook Road, NW2 · Burnley Road, NW10 · Byron Road, NW2 · Caddington Road, NW2 · Cairnfield Avenue, NW2 · Camarthen Green, NW9 · Campbell Gordon Way, NW2 · Caney Mews, NW2 · Cedar Road, NW2 · Chartley Avenue, NW2 · Chevington, NW2 · Cheviot Gate, NW2 · Chichele Road, NW2 · Chiltern Gardens, NW2 · Chipstead Gardens, NW2 · Claremont Road, NW11 · Claremont Road, NW2 · Claremont Way, NW2 · Cleveland Gardens, NW2 · Clifford Way, NW10 · Clitterhouse Crescent, NW2 · Clitterhouse Road, NW2 · Coles Green Road, NW2 · Comber Close, NW2 · Compton Close, NW11 · Cool Oak Lane, NW2 · Cool Oak Lane, NW9 · Cooper Road, NW10 · Cooper Road, NW2 · Coppermead Close, NW2 · Cornmow Drive, NW10 · Cotswold Gardens, NW2 · Cotswold Gate, NW2 · Crest Road, NW2 · Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 · Cricklewood Lane, NW2 · Cullingworth Road, NW10 · Cumbrian Gardens, NW2 · Dawpool Road, NW2 · Dawson Road, NW2 · Dehar Crescent, NW2 · Dehar Crescent, NW9 · Dehar Cresent, NW9 · Dersingham Road, NW2 · Derwent Rise, NW9 · Dewsbury Road, NW10 · Dicey Avenue, NW2 · Dog Lane, NW10 · Dollis Hill Avenue, NW2 · Dollis Hill Estate, NW2 · Dollis Hill Lane, NW10 · Dollis Hill Lane, NW2 · Doreen Avenue, NW9 · Dors Close, NW9 · Draycott Close, NW2 · Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 · Dudden Hill Parade, NW10 · Eastleigh Close, NW2 · Edgware Road, NW2 · Ellesmere Road, NW10 · Elsinore Gardens, NW2 · Esmar Crescent, NW9 · Eyhurst Close, NW2 · Falcon Park Industrial Estate, NW10 · Fleetwood Road, NW10 · Flowers Close, NW2 · Forbes Close, NW2 · Fryent Crescent, NW9 · Fryent Fields, NW9 · Fryent Grove, NW9 · Gadsbury Close, NW9 · Garrick Road, NW9 · Geary Road, NW10 · Geron Way, NW2 · Gillingham Road, NW2 · Gladstone Parade, NW2 · Gladstone Park Gardens, NW2 · Glenwood Avenue, NW9 · Goldsmith Avenue, NW9 · Grampian Gardens, NW2 · Griffin Close, NW10 · Hamilton Road, NW10 · Handley Grove, NW2 · Harp Business Centre, NW2 · Harrington Close, NW10 · Hawarden Hill, NW2 · Heather Road, NW2 · Heber Road, NW2 · Helena Road, NW10 · Hill Close, NW2 · Homestead Park, NW2 · Horseshoe Close, NW2 · Horseshoe Estate, E6 · Howard Road, NW2 · Hudson Way, NW2 · Humber Road, NW2 · Humber Trading Estate, NW2 · Hyde Crescent, NW9 · Ivy Road, NW2 · Jackman Mews, NW2 · Kelceda Close, NW2 · Kendal Road, NW10 · Kendal Road, NW2 · Kenwyn Drive, NW2 · Kingweston Close, NW2 · Kinloch Drive, NW9 · Lancaster House Dollis Hill Estate, NW2 · Lancaster Road, NW10 · Langton Road, NW2 · Lansdowne Grove, NW10 · Larch Road, NW2 · Lennox Gardens, NW10 · Links Road, NW2 · Longberrys, NW2 · Longley Way, NW2 · Lovat Close, NW2 · Marriotts Close, NW9 · Marsh Drive, NW9 · Mascotts Close, NW2 · Midland Terrace, NW2 · Midwood Close, NW2 · Millennium Business Centre Humber Trading Estate, NW2 · Mora Road, NW2 · Mount Road, NW2 · Mulgrave Road, NW10 · Neasden Parade, NW10 · Needham Terrace, NW2 · Nevilles Court, NW2 · Newfield Rise, NW2 · Newton Road, NW2 · Normanby Road, NW10 · North Circular Road, NW2 · Northgate Drive, NW9 · Northview Cresent, NW10 · Nutfield Road, NW2 · Oaklands Grove, NW2 · Oaklands Road, NW2 · Olive Road, NW2 · Oman Avenue, NW2 · Orchard Close, NW2 · Oxgate Centre, NW2 · Oxgate Court Parade, NW2 · Oxgate Court, NW2 · Oxgate Gardens, NW2 · Oxgate Lane, NW2 · Oxleys Road, NW2 · Paddock Road, NW2 · Park Avenue North, NW10 · Park Avenue, NW2 · Park Lodge, NW2 · Park Side, NW2 · Park View Road, NW10 · Parkfields Avenue, NW9 · Parkside, NW2 · Pennine Drive, NW2 · Pennine Parade Pennine Drive, NW2 · Pennine Parade, NW2 · Pine Road, NW2 · Pinemartin Close, NW2 · Pippin Close, NW2 · Priestley Way, NW2 · Prout Grove, NW10 · Purbeck Drive, NW2 · Purley Avenue, NW2 · Quantock Gardens, NW2 · Ramsey Close, NW9 · Randall Avenue, NW2 · Rannock Avenue, NW9 · Reets Farm Close, NW9 · Review Road, NW2 · Rockhall Road, NW2 · Rockhall Way, NW2 · Roman Road, NW2 · Rose Croft Gardens, NW2 · Rusper Close, NW2 · Russell Road, NW9 · Ruthin Close, NW9 · Rylandes Road, NW2 · Sancroft Close, NW2 · Sanderstead Avenue, NW2 · Sandifer Drive, NW2 · Seelig Avenue, NW9 · Selsdon Road, NW2 · Shearwater Drive, NW9 · Shepherds Walk, NW2 · Sherrick Green Road, NW10 · Shobroke Close, NW2 · Sneyd Road, NW2 · Snowdon Drive, NW9 · Somerton Road, NW2 · Sonia Gardens, NW10 · St Andrews Close, NW2 · St Michaels Road, NW2 · Staples Corner West Roundabout, NW2 · Staples Corner, NW4 · Stoll Close, NW2 · Streakes Field Road, NW2 · Stuart Avenue, NW9 · Sunnyside, NW2 · Tadworth Road, NW2 · Talgarth Walk, NW9 · Tanfield Avenue, NW10 · Tanfield Avenue, NW2 · Tankridge Road, NW2 · Telford Road, NW9 · Temple Road, NW2 · The Broadway, NW2 · The Circle, NW2 · The Crescent, NW2 · The Link, NW2 · Thorverton Road, NW2 · Topp Walk, NW2 · Tyrrel Way, NW9 · Verulam Court, NW9 · Vincent Gardens, NW2 · Walton Close, NW2 · Warner Close, NW9 · Warren Road, NW2 · Waterford Way, NW10 · Waterloo Road, NW2 · Wellington Park Estate, NW2 · Whitefield Avenue, NW2 · Winslow Close, NW10 · Winston Avenue, NW9 · Wood Close, NW9 · Wood Lane, NW9 · Woodbridge Close, N7 · Woolmead Avenue, NW2 · Woolmead Avenue, NW9 · Wotton Road, NW2 · Wren Avenue, NW2 ·
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John Rocque Map of Wembley, Kingsbury, Willesden and Harlesden (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers an area from Harrow in the northwest to Harlesden in the southeast.
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Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
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London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
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The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
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London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
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