Mortimer Place, NW6

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Mortimer Place runs east from Kilburn Priory.

A.A.Milne was born in Kilburn in 1882. The house where he was living was destroyed in the war when a V1 fell in the vicinity and the site is now occupied by Remsted House, part of the Mortimer Estate, at the junction of Mortimer Place and Kilburn Priory.

In 1948 the L.C.C. began clearing the area between Greville Road and Mortimer Place and Crescent, which it replaced with the Mortimer Crescent estate, eight smallscale, brick blocks of flats, which were opened c. 1955.




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Cassandra Green   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 14:34 GMT   

Rudall Crescent, NW3 (- 1999)
I lived at 2 Rudall Crescent until myself and my family moved out in 1999. I once met a lady in a art fair up the road who was selling old photos of the area and was very knowledgeable about the area history, collecting photos over the years. She told me that before the current houses were built, there was a large manor house , enclosed by a large area of land. She told me there had been a fire there. Im trying to piece together the story and find out what was on the land before the crescent was built. This website is very interesting.

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Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play ’ and me of sorts ’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’



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Brenda Jackson   
Added: 13 Aug 2017 21:39 GMT   

83 Pembroke Road
My Gt Gt grandparents lived at 83 Pembroke Road before it became Granville Road, They were married in 1874, John Tarrant and Maryann Tarrant nee Williamson.

Her brother George Samuel Williamson lived at 95 Pembroke Road with his wife Emily and children in the 1881 Census

Apparently the extended family also lived for many years in Alpha Place, Canterbury Road, Peel Road,

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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:13 GMT   

St Jude’s Church, Lancefield Street
Saint Jude’s was constructed in 1878, while the parish was assigned in 1879 from the parish of Saint John, Kensal Green (P87/JNE2). The parish was united with the parishes of Saint Luke (P87/LUK1) and Saint Simon (P87/SIM) in 1952. The church was used as a chapel of ease for a few years, but in 1959 it was closed and later demolished.

The church is visible on the 1900 map for the street on the right hand side above the junction with Mozart Street.

Source: SAINT JUDE, KENSAL GREEN: LANCEFIELD STREET, WESTMINSTER | Londo

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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:08 GMT   

Wedding at St Jude’s Church
On 9th November 1884 Charles Selby and Johanna Hanlon got married in St Jude’s Church on Lancefield Street. They lived together close by at 103 Lancefield Street.
Charles was a Lather, so worked in construction. He was only 21 but was already a widower.
Johanna is not shown as having a profession but this is common in the records and elsewhere she is shown as being an Ironer or a Laundress. It is possible that she worked at the large laundry shown at the top of Lancefield Road on the 1900 map. She was also 21. She was not literate as her signature on the record is a cross.
The ceremony was carried out by William Hugh Wood and was witnessed by Charles H Hudson and Caroline Hudson.

Source: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/1623/images/31280_197456-00100?pId=6694792

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James Preston   
Added: 28 Apr 2021 09:06 GMT   

School
Was this the location of Rosslyn House prep school? I have a photograph of the Rosslyn House cricket team dated 1910 which features my grandfather (Alan Westbury Preston). He would have been 12 years old at the time. All the boys on the photo have been named. If this is the location of the school then it appears that the date of demolition is incorrect.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:30 GMT   

Kilburn Park - opened 1915
Kilburn Park station was opened at the height of the First World War

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   

Mcgregor Road, W11 (1938 - 1957)
I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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Graham Margetson   
Added: 9 Feb 2021 14:33 GMT   

I lived at 4 Arkwright Road before it was the school
My parents lived at 4 Arkwright Road. Mrs Goodwin actually owned the house and my parents rented rooms from her.


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Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:49 GMT   

A bit of a lift....
Kilburn Park was the first station to be designed around escalators, rather than lifts.

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charlie evans   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 18:51 GMT   

apollo pub 1950s
Ted Lengthorne was the landlord of the apollo in the 1950s. A local called darkie broom who lived at number 5 lancaster road used to be the potman,I remember being in the appollo at a street party that was moved inside the pub because of rain for the queens coronation . Not sure how long the lengthornes had the pub but remember teds daughter julie being landlady in the early 1970,s

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John   
Added: 29 Mar 2023 17:31 GMT   

Auction of the paper stock of Janssen and Roberts
A broadside advertisement reads: "By auction, to be sold on Thursday next being the 16th of this present July, the remainder of the stock in partnership between Janssen and Roberts, at their late dwelling-house in Dean’s Court, the south side of St. Pauls, consisting of Genoa papers according to the particulars underneath." The date in the ESTC record is purely speculative; July 16th was a Thursday in many years during the 18th century; 1750 is only one possibility. Extensive searching has found no other record of the partners or the auction.


Source: ESTC - Search Results

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Born here
   
Added: 27 Mar 2023 18:28 GMT   

Nower Hill, HA5
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Added: 26 Mar 2023 14:50 GMT   

Albert Mews
It is not a gargoyle over the entrance arch to Albert Mews, it is a likeness of Prince Albert himself.

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Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.

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Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

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Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.

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KJH   
Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden

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Added: 2 Mar 2023 13:50 GMT   

The Queens Head
Queens Head demolished and a NISA supermarket and flats built in its place.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate The Alexandra Road estate, often referred to as Rowley Way, is a housing estate in the London Borough of Camden.
Kilburn Bridge Kilburn Bridge once marked the spot where the Edgware Road crossed the River Westbourne.
Kilburn Bridge Farm Kilburn Bridge Farm stood beside Watling Street until the late 1830s.
Kilburn High Road What was Watling Street in earlier times, became Edgware Road and finally Kilburn High Road.
Kilburn House Kilburn House - a simple suburban villa - was notable in its role as a base for the growing WH Smith newsagent.
Kilburn Library Kilburn Library on Kilburn High Road is one of two sites called Kilburn Library, the other being in Salusbury Road, NW6.
Kilburn Park Kilburn Park station was opened on 31 January 1915 as the temporary terminus of the Bakerloo line’s extension from Paddington.
Kilburn Park Farm Kilburn Park Farm was situated almost opposite the Red Lion along the Edgware Road.
Kilburn Toll The Kilburn Toll Gate dated from 1710.
Kilburn Wells Kilburn Wells, a medicinal spring, existed between 1714 and the 1860s.
Red Lion The Red Lion was situated at 34 Kilburn High Road.
St Augustine’s Church of England High School St Augustine’s Church of England High School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England comprehensive school in the West London borough of Westminster, Kilburn.
The Old Bell The (Old) Bell is a very old Kilburn Pub.

NEARBY STREETS
Abbey Lane, NW6 Abbey Lane disappeared from the map as the Kilburn Vale Estate was built.
Abbey Mews, NW6 Abbey Mews ran off Belsize Road.
Abbey Road, NW6 A small section of the north of Abbey Road lies in NW6.
Abbey Road, NW8 Abbey Road, after which the Beatles album was named, runs from St John’s Wood to West Hampstead.
Abbot’s Place, NW6 Abbots Place runs from Priory Road to West End Lane and Abbey Road.
Addison Court, NW6 Addison Court is sited on Brondesbury Road.
Ainsworth House, NW8 Ainsworth House can be found on Abbey Road.
Ainsworth Way, NW8 Ainsworth Way lies at the heart of the Alexandra Road estate.
Alexandra Mews, NW8 Alexandra Mews existed between the 1850s and the 1960s.
Alpha House, NW6 Alpha House is a block on Alpha Place.
Alpha Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Andover Place, NW6 Andover Place runs between Kilburn Park Road and Carlton Vale.
Barrett House, NW6 Barrett House can be found on Victoria Road.
Belgrave Gardens, NW8 Belgrave Gardens was originally the east side of Bolton Road.
Belsise Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Belsize Road, NW6 Belsize Road is a major road in NW6, parallel to the railway.
Belvedere House, NW6 Belvedere House is a block on Belsize Road.
Besant House, NW8 Besant House is named after local Sir Walter Besant who wrote extensively about London history.
Birchington Road, NW6 Birchington Road runs from the Edgware Road to West End Lane.
Bishopsdale House, NW6 Bishopsdale House is a block on West End Lane.
Blenheim Terrace, NW8 Blenheim Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Bolton Road, NW8 What is now Bolton Road began life as Ordnance Terrace in 1858.
Bradby House, NW8 Bradby House is a block on Carlton Hill.
Bradwell House, NW6 Bradwell House is a block on Mortimer Place.
Bransdale Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Bravo House, NW6 Bravo House is a block on Kilburn High Road.
Bristol Walk, NW6 Bristol Walk is a location in London.
Broadoak House, NW6 Broadoak House is sited on Mortimer Crescent.
Bron Court, NW6 Bron Court is a block on Brondesbury Road.
Brooke House, NW6 Brooke House is a block on Belsize Road.
Cambridge Avenue, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Cambridge Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Cambridge Gardens, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Canterbury Court, NW6 Canterbury Court is sited on Gorefield Place.
Carlton Hill, NW8 Carlton Hill is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Carlton House, NW8 Carlton House is a block on Carlton Hill.
Casterbridge, NW6 Casterbridge is a location in London.
Cathedral Walk, NW6 Cathedral Walk is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Cheshunt House, NW6 Cheshunt House is a block on Greville Road.
Chichester House, NW6 Chichester House is located on Chichester Road.
Chichester Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Clifton Hill, NW8 Clifton Hill began as sections either side of Abbey Road - Clifton Road and Clifton Road East.
Clyde House, NW6 Clyde House is a block on Belsize Road.
Colas Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Conway House, NW6 Conway House is a block on Quex Road.
Coventry Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Craig House, NW6 Craig House is located on Belsize Road.
Dale House, NW8 Dale House can be found on Boundary Road.
Daynor House, NW6 Daynor House is located on Quex Road.
Dibdin House, NW6 Residential block
Douglas Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Edgeworth House, NW8 Edgeworth House is a block on Boundary Road.
Elmfield House, NW8 Elmfield House is a block on Carlton Hill.
Ely Court, NW6 Ely Court is a block on Gorefield Place.
Falcon House, NW6 Falcon House is a block on Springfield Lane.
Farndale House, NW6 Farndale House can be found on Kilburn Vale.
Felbridge House, NW6 Felbridge House is a block on Belsize Road.
Fielding House, NW8 Fielding House can be found on Boundary Road.
Foss House, NW8 Foss House is located on Carlton Hill.
Garlands House, NW8 Garlands House is a block on Carlton Hill.
Glengall House, NW6 Glengall House is a block on Glengall Road.
Glenross House, NW6 Glenross House is sited on Belsize Road.
Goldsmith Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Gorefield House, NW6 Gorefield House is a building on Canterbury Road.
Gorefield Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Greenaway House, NW8 Greenaway House is a block on Boundary Road.
Greville Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Greville Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Greville Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Haliwell House, NW6 Haliwell House is sited on Mortimer Place.
Hampton House, NW6 Hampton House is located on Belsize Road.
Harcourt House, NW6 Harcourt House is a block on Belsize Road.
Havenpool, NW8 Havenpool is a location in London.
Hermit Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Hillsborough Court, NW6 Hillsborough Court is sited on Mortimer Crescent.
Hillside Close, NW8 Hillside Close is a cul-de-sac off of Carlton Hill.
Hinchinbrook House, NW6 Hinchinbrook House is located on Greville Road.
Holmesdale House, NW6 Holmesdale House is a building on Kilburn Vale.
Holtham Road, NW8 Holtham Road disappeared when replaced by the Abbey Road Estate development.
Kilburn High Road, NW6 Part of Watling Street/Edgware Road, Kilburn High Road is the main road through Kilburn.
Kilburn Place, NW6 Kilburn Place was originally Providence Place.
Kilburn Priory, NW6 Kilburn Priory is now a road - - it was once the site of a real priory
Kilburn Priory, NW8 Kilburn Priory is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Kilburn Square, NW6 Kilburn Square was built around St Paul’s Chapel, which dates from 1825.
Kilburn Vale, NW6 Kilburn Vale leads to the Kilburn Vale estate.
Kingsgate Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Kingsgate Road, NW6 Kingsgate Road runs between Quex Road and Hemstal Road.
Knoll House, NW8 Knoll House is a block on Carlton Hill.
Langtry Road, NW8 Langtry Road is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Langtry Walk, NW8 Langtry Walk was named for Lily Langtry.
Linnel House, NW8 Linnel House is sited on Boundary Road.
Lorton House, NW6 Lorton House dates from the first development of the Kilburn Vale Estate.
Mallard Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Manor Mews, NW6 Manor Mews is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Maple Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Marlborough House, NW8 Marlborough House is a block on Marlborough Place.
Marrick House, NW6 Marrick House is a block on Mortimer Crescent.
Marshwood House, NW6 Marshwood House is a block on Kilburn Vale.
Matlock Court, NW8 Matlock Court can be found on Abbey Road.
Mazenod Avenue, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Merlin House, NW6 Merlin House is a block on Kilburn High Road.
Morland House, NW6 Morland House is a block on Brondesbury Road.
Mortimer Crescent, NW6 Mortimer Crescent is a notable street in Kilburn, full of literary connections.
Mutrix Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Newton House, NW8 Newton House is a block on Abbey Road.
Oxford Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Plaza Parade, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Princess Road, NW6 Princess Road was once known as Alexandra Road.
Priory House, NW6 Priory House is a building on Kingsgate Place.
Priory Terrace, NW6 Priory Terrace runs between Abbey Road and Belsize Road.
Prospect Place, NW6 Prospect Place was a group of houses built fronting Edgware Road south of the junction with West End Lane.
Queensgate Place, NW6 Queensgate Place is a location in London.
Quex Mews, NW6 Quex Mews is named after an estate in Kent.
Quex Road, NW6 Quex Road is an important road in NW6 linking the Edgware Road and West End Lane.
Rathbone House, NW6 Rathbone House is a block on Brondesbury Road.
Regents Plaza, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Remsted House, NW6 Remsted House is a block on Kilburn Priory.
Ribblesdale House, NW6 Ribblesdale House is a block on Kilburn Vale.
Rowley Way, NW8 Rowley Way was named after Llewellyn Rowley, Camden’s Director of Housing.
Rudolph Road, NW6 Rudolph Road is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Rutherglen House, NW6 Rutherglen House is a building on Belsize Road.
Ryder’s Terrace, NW8 Ryder’s Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Sandbourne, NW8 Sandbourne is a location in London.
Sandby House, NW6 Sandby House is a block on Brondesbury Road.
Selby House, NW6 Selby House is located on Belsize Road.
Snowman House, NW6 Snowman House is a location in London.
Springfield Lane, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Springfield Road, NW8 Springfield Road dates from the late 1850s.
Springfield Walk, NW6 Springfield Walk has a set of very old steps that give access to Kilburn Priory.
Stanley House, NW6 Stanley House is a block on Belsize Road.
Stevenson House, NW8 Stevenson House is a block on Boundary Road.
Syndon Court, NW6 Syndon Court is a block on Abbey Road.
The Lane, NW8 The Lane is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Tollgate Gardens, NW6 Tollgate Gardens is a location in London.
Tollgate House, NW6 Tollgate House is a block on Kilburn High Road.
Torridon House, NW6 Residential block
Valeside House, W9 Valeside House is on Kilburn Park Road.
Varley House, NW6 Varley House is a block on Brondesbury Road.
Vivian Court, W9 Vivian Court is a block on Maida Vale.
Waltham House, NW8 Waltham House is a block on Boundary Road.
Wells Court, NW6 Wells Court is a block on Alpha Place.
Westbourne House, NW6 Westbourne House is a block on Kingsgate Road.
Wharfedale House, NW6 Wharfedale House is a block on Kilburn Vale.

NEARBY PUBS
Queens Arms The Queens Arms Hotel is situated at the the beginning of Kilburn High Road as Maida Vale ends.
Red Lion The Red Lion was situated at 34 Kilburn High Road.
The Cock Tavern The Cock Inn may have been founded in the 15th century.
The Old Bell The (Old) Bell is a very old Kilburn Pub.


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Kilburn

Kilburn is an area which straddles both sides of the Edgware Road (Kilburn High Road).

Kilburn High Road originated as an ancient trackway, part of a Celtic route between the settlements now known as Canterbury and St Albans. Under Roman rule, the route was paved. In Anglo-Saxon times the road became known as Watling Street.

Kilburn grew up on the banks of a stream which has been known variously as Cuneburna, Kelebourne and Cyebourne, which flows from Hampstead down through Hyde Park and into the River Thames. It is suggested the name means either Royal River or Cattle River ('Bourne' being an Anglo-Saxon word for 'river'). That river is known today as the Westbourne.

The name Kilburn was first recorded in 1134 as Cuneburna, referring to the priory which had been built on the site of the cell of a hermit known as Godwyn. Godwyn had built his hermitage by the Kilburn river during the reign of Henry I, and both his hermitage and the priory took their name from the river.

Kilburn Priory was a small community of nuns, probably Augustinian canonesses. It was founded in 1134 at the Kilburn river crossing on Watling Street (the modern-day junction of Kilburn High Road and Belsize Road). Kilburn Priory's position on Watling Street meant that it became a popular resting point for pilgrims heading for the shrines at St Albans and Willesden. The Priory was dissolved in 1536-37 by Henry VIII, and nothing remains of it today. The priory lands included a mansion and a hostium (a guesthouse), which may have been the origin of the Red Lion pub, thought to have been founded in 1444. Opposite, the Bell Inn was opened around 1600, on the site of the old mansion.

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 were promoted in journals of the day as cure for 'stomach ailments'.

In the 19th century the wells declined, but the Kilburn Wells remained popular as a tea garden. The Bell was demolished and rebuilt in 1863. The Kilburn stretch of Watling Street, now called Edgware Road and Kilburn High Road, was gradually built up with inns and farm houses. Kilburn did not attract any significant building until around 1819 in the area near St John's Wood.

Much of the area was developed in the last decades of the 19th century by Solomon Barnett, who named many of the streets after places in the West Country (e.g. Torbay) or after popular poets of the day (e.g. Tennyson) in honour of his wife.

There are three railway stations on Kilburn High Road: Kilburn tube station (Jubilee line) at its northern end and a little to the south Brondesbury station (London Overground). Approximately a mile further south is Kilburn High Road station (also London Overground). The name of Ian Dury's first band, Kilburn and the High Roads, refers to this road, as does the Flogging Molly song, "Kilburn High Road" and the Shack song, "Kilburn High Road".

Kilburn tube station opened as Kilburn and Brondesbury on 24 November 1879, as part of the Metropolitan and St. John's Wood Railway run by the Metropolitan Railway. Following the merger of the Metropolitan Railway into London Transport in 1933, it then became part of the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo line on 20 November 1939, at which time the station was extensively rebuilt. The station was renamed to its current name on 25 September 1950. It was transferred to the Jubilee line on its opening, on 1 May 1979.


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Concrete walkway in the Alexandra Road Estate.
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The Brownie - a bargain at 5/-
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Kilburn Wells
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Kilburn Park Farm
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The Bell, Kilburn Wells (around 1800)
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Picture of Abbey Road in London. Abbey Road Studios can be seen in the background. Picture taken in summer of 2004. It is common for tourists to cross the road barefoot.
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Emminster (corner of Abbey Road and Belsize Road) prior to demolition
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The Kilburn tollgate in 1860
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Queens Arms, Kilburn
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