Category Archive: W2

Apr 15

1766: Hyde Park

A PLAN of HYDE-PARK with the CITY and LIBERTIES of WESTMINSTER &c. Shewing the several IMPROVEMENTS propos’d by architect John Gwynn (1766). This plan shows renovations in Hyde Park and around Westminster. Two Royal palaces have been planned, in Hyde Park and Green Park. The red lines show an intention to regularise the street plan, replacing …

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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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Nov 04

1828: Paddington

Entitled “Plan of The Parish of Paddington in the County of Middlesex by George Gutch 1828. Copyright and credit: Crace Connection, The British Library  

Nov 03

1742: Paddington

Surveyed by William Braniel, Land Surveyor to the Duke of Montague.

Dec 05

Royal Oak in 1900

There are a few Underground stations that take their names from a public house. The two most obvious ones are Swiss Cottage and Elephant and Castle. Royal Oak is less obvious and perhaps the most obscure is Manor House. The Royal Oak public house stood at the southern end of what is now Porchester Road …

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Jun 12

The Paddington Canal Murder

George Forster was found guilty of murdering his wife and child by drowning them in Paddington Canal, London. At his trial the events were reconstructed. Forster’s mother in law recounted that her daughter and grandchild had left her house to see Forster at 4pm on Saturday 4 December 1802. Joseph Bradfield, in whose house Forster lodged, …

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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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May 17

Westbourne Green: a retrospect

By W. L. Rutton, F.S.A. Reproduced from The Home Counties Magazine (1902) The Westbourne Green residences, to which reference is made in the article, are: 1. WESTBOURNE PLACE or HOUSE, built circa 1745, by the architect Isaac Ware. Its subsequent occupants were Sir William Yorke, Bart.; the Venetian Ambassador; Jukes Coulson, iron merchant; Samuel Pepys Cockerell, architect; …

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May 05

Trolleybus at Westbourne Bridge

Just found this fantastic photo of a route 662 trolleybus at the junction of Harrow Road and Westbourne Bridge. The photo was taken in somewhat wintry conditions (and at odds with the time of writing of this blog!) on 2 January 1962. It was the last day of running for the route, and replaced largely …

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Jan 05

The River Westbourne

Click on the markers to show the waypoints which trace the course of the river LINKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS are blog posts Standard links go to the main website The hills of Hampstead Heath provide the source of three lost rivers of London – the Westbourne, Tyburn and Fleet. These rivers were long buried underground …

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