Category Archive: Notting Hill

Aug 23

Daw’s map of Kensington (1852)

From Daw’s map of Kensington, published in 1852, shows the streets of Notting Dale (left) and Notting Hill (right) are beginning to be built.

Aug 20

Notting Hill in Bygone Days

We have scanned the seminal 1920s book about W10 and W11 history (now out of print): Florence Gladstone’s “Notting Hill in Bygone Days”. Each chapter is available here by following the links.   Chapter 1 Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Chenesitun and Knotting Barns Chapter 2 Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Kensington Gravel Pits and …

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Jun 25

All Saints Road, W11

Click the map icons to view other streets and locations Local and social historian Tom Vague writes about All Saints Road in Notting Hill. The Wise brothers described All Saints Road at the height of its Frontline notoriety, when the street never closed without police assistance, as ‘a north London casbah’ featuring late night Rasta football …

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Jun 25

The Apollo

Click the map icons to view other streets and locations Local and social historian Tom Vague writes about the Apollo in All Saints Road. In ‘Once Upon a Time there was a Place called Notting Hill Gate’, the normally hypercritical Wise brothers get quite sentimental about the old Apollo pub: “It had been an okay dive, …

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Jun 24

The Mangrove

Click the map icons to view other streets and locations Local and social historian Tom Vague writes about the Mangrove restaurant which stood on the corner of All Saints Road and Westbourne Park Road between 1968 and 1991. “Mangrove, smell of hashish, swirling clouds of ashen smoke, weave in, around, away, palms like giant fingers, sounds …

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Jun 05

Notting Hill and Bayswater

Extract below originally appeared in pages 177-188 of Edward Walford, ‘Notting Hill and Bayswater’, in Old and New London: Volume 5 (London, 1878). British History Online.   As soon as ever we quit the precincts of Kensington proper, and cross the Uxbridge Road, we become painfully conscious of a change. We have left the “Old …

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Jun 02

Ladbroke Road, W11

Click the map icons to view other streets and locations For this post, we are going to take a brief foray down one of the more select roads in Notting Hill. Select that is despite the presence of a local police station which saw many a miscreant’s face in its time. But before we look …

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Mar 26

The pubs of Portobello Road

This map was first published in the book Portobello, Its People, Its Past, Its Present, by Shaaron Whetlor and Liz Bartlett, published in 1996 by Kensington & Chelsea Community History Group.

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