Category Archive: Notting Hill

Nov 23

London W10

W10 covers three main areas of London: North Kensington, the Queen’s Park Estate and parts of Notting Hill. The heart of London W10 is North Kensington (nowadays also known by the name of its main street, Ladbroke Grove). The Grand Union Canal is the official boundary between Kensal Green and North Kensington. The borders between …

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Nov 21

Walmer Road, W11

Walmer Road started as an established footpath called Greene’s Lane and appears as such on the 1800 map of the area. It connected the Uxbridge Road (Holland Park Avenue) with one of the only buildings north of this turnpike road – Notting Barns Farm. The soil was ideal for brickmaking and brickfields moved into the …

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Sep 20

1800: London W10

This map of the 1800 countryside in the area which covers today’s London W10 postcode has been compiled by The Underground Map from various sources. As its main source, the Milne map of London shows the landuse of fields and the routes of lanes. An 1834 map of Marylebone Parish provided field names up to …

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Sep 05

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: The Bayswater End and Portobello Road

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER EIGHT THE BAYSWATER END, AND PORTOBELLO ROAD Bayswater owes its name to Baynard, companion in arms to William the Conqueror, to whom was granted land in Paddington, which he held from the Abbots of Westminster. Bays Water, a corruption of Baynard’s Watering, is a name given …

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Sep 03

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Kensington Park

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER SIX KENSINGTON PARK   As buildings increase the story necessarily becomes more local. It is also impossible to avoid over-lapping of dates. This chapter begins with the time when Mr. John Whyte resigned the eastern half of the Hippodrome with the footpath over the hill, and …

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Sep 02

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: The Peaceful Hamlet of Notting Hill

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER FIVE THE PEACEFUL HAMLET OF NOTTING HILL AT the beginning of the nineteenth century, the village of Kensington Gravel Pits extended for three-eighths of a mile along the North Highway. The name seems to have been used for scattered buildings as far east as Craven Terrace …

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Sep 01

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: During the Eighteen Thirties

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER FOUR DURING THE EIGHTEEN THIRTIES The first encroachment on the rural character of Notting Hill was the cutting of the Paddington Branch of the Grand Junction Canal. Several artificial waterways had already been constructed among the manufacturing towns in the north of England, and the canal …

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Aug 31

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: In the Eighteenth Century

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER THREE IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY The commencement of the village of Kensington Gravel Pits has already been described. Under present conditions it is difficult to realize how countrified the place remained during the whole of the eighteenth century. In Kip’s Britannia Illustrata, published in 1714, there …

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Aug 30

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Kensington Gravel Pits and Northlands

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER TWO KENSINGTON GRAVEL PITS AND NORTHLANDS During the period of disorder which followed the Roman occupation of Britain, the forests were allowed to encroach, and in many places stretches of road became decayed and were ultimately overgrown by trees. This evidently happened between Brentford and Shepherd’s …

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Aug 29

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Chenesitun and Knotting Barns

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER ONE CHENESITUN AND KNOTTING BARNS On the north side of the Thames as it crosses London there is a range of low hills. Beginning with Tower Hill close to the river, the range ends with Campden Hill, three-quarters of a mile from its bank. Each hill …

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