Monthly Archive: January 2017

Jan 24

1729: Upton Farm, Bayswater

Click on the markers to access locations on the main website In 1710, Robert Pollard was the owner of the old buildings of Bayard’s Watering Place and 6 acres of land in what had once been common fields of Westbourne Green. He sold them to Thomas Upton and his wife Jane in 1725, and they …

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Jan 23

Bayard’s Watering Place

The name Bayswater originates from Bayard’s Watering Place, first recorded in 1380 as a place where horses were refreshed on their way out of or into London. At this watering place a stream called the Westbourne passed under the Uxbridge Road, which is now known as the Bayswater Road. The stream ran south along the …

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Jan 20

Branch Hill Pond

Branch Hill Pond, which was covered in during 1889 because of the building of a covered reservoir, can still be seen as a distinct hollow in the heath which is still grassland even now. John Constable (1776-1837) came to Hampstead Heath in the late summer of 1819, seeking relief from urban London for his family …

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Jan 18

Chickens

Jan 12

London snow

With a little snow forecast for the afternoon of the day this is being written, some London winter scenes through the years… During the “Little Ice Ages” period, deep frosts were more normal, and the most bizarre sign of the times was London’s legendary Frost Fair – a carnival of bear-baiting, gambling and ice skating …

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Jan 03

London E4

By the 1850s, the rapid growth of the metropolitan area meant that London became too large to operate efficiently as a single post town. A Post Office inquiry into the problem had been set up in 1837 and a House of Commons committee was initiated in 1843. In 1854 Charles Canning, the Postmaster General, set …

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