Category Archive: NW6

Dec 08

Kilburn Wells

The fashion for taking ‘medicinal waters’ in the 18th century came to Kilburn when a well of chalybeate waters (water impregnated with iron) was discovered near the Bell Inn in 1714. In an attempt to compete with the nearby Hampstead Well, gardens and a ‘great room’ were opened to promote the well, and its waters …

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Apr 20

A rural Chamberlayne Road

If you know contemporary Kensal Rise, this is a quite astounding photograph. The title found elsewhere on the web labels it as “Footpath off Chamberlayne Road leading to Kensal Green (1910)”. But looking at a 1900 map, there’s no place for a rural footpath from Chamberlayne Road towards Kensal Green. The footpath in question. I …

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Apr 16

West End Lane, NW6

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website West End Lane is one of the West Hampstead’s oldest roads. It was already named West End Lane by 1644. West End Lane and Mill Lane (Shoot Up Hill Lane and Cole Lane), probably existed as access in the Middle Ages since …

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Apr 01

Cock and Hoop

This area was originally known as West End rather than West Hampstead or Fortune Green and to the east of the West End Green was a field called Cock and Hoop field. On the west side of the field was the Cock and Hoop Inn and the grounds of a cottage. The Cock and Hoop Inn …

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Mar 23

West Hampstead station

Provenance unknown but appears to be the Metropolitan (now Jubilee) line platforms sometime in the 1920s

Mar 17

Shopping in Kilburn High Road (1970s)

What an evocative photo of Kilburn High Road this is – Dolcis, M&S, Lilley & Skinner – all in a row

Mar 08

Outside the entrance to the Terrace in Kilburn

  This evocative photo dates from 1908.

Mar 07

Gypsies in Fortune Green

  The image is captioned “Fortune Green, 1887” but it is otherwise unclear if this encampment was on the Green itself or in the area. Some Facebook users have suggested this was on the Hampstead Cemetery grounds before that burial ground was established.  

Mar 05

Keats in Kilburn

Kilburn was once a very rural spot. It was in Kilburn Meadows one evening that Keats recited his ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ to a companion ‘in a low, tremulous undertone’. Keats had a friend in the area, the poet Leigh Hunt who once lived at West End, ‘out of the stir and smoke of this …

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Mar 03

Black Path

Black Path joined Billy Fury Way in 2011 as an official name for an unnamed footpath. It was an initiative driven by the police. One of the imperatives for naming paths such as this one and the Black Path was so the police could identify their location when chasing wrong-uns down these network of alleyways. …

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