Abingdon Road, W8

Road in/near Kensington, existing between 1817 and now.

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Abingdon Road stretches between Stratford Road and Kensington High Street.

The present name recalls the parish connection with the abbey of Abingdon but the road began its life as Newland Street in 1817,built upon land from the Nokes Estate – a farm which used to be in the area.

The street is tree-lined and attractive.

The east section of Abingdon Road between Cope Place and Abingdon Villas was developed in 1852-4. Nos. 40-50 (even) were probably built by Richard Anderson, a builder from Plaistow who had a brickfield in the area, and No. 52 by Barnabas Jennings and William Stevenson. These were all builders involved in other parts of the Abingdon Villas and Scarsdale Villas area.

Ilchester Mansions was built by James Turner and Charles Withers in 1892-3. The designs were by George Eves. Eves was the estate surveyor for the Allen-Stevens Estate which owned much of the land in this area.

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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree


Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

Added: 10 Jul 2023 22:35 GMT   

Ossington Street, W8
correcting the date on my existing comment

Source: Paddington: Bayswater | British History Online


Added: 17 May 2023 11:50 GMT   

Milson Road (1908 - 1954)
My grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents the Manley family lived at 33 Milson Road from 1908 to 1935. My grandad was born at 33 Milson Road. His parents George and Grace had all four of their chidren there. When his father Edward died his mother moved to 67 Milson in 1935 Road and lived there until 1954 (records found so far, it may be longer). Before that they lived in the Porten Road. I wonder if there is anyone that used to know them? My grandad was Charles ’Ted’ Manley, his parents were called George and Grace and George’s parents were called Edward and Bessie. George worked in a garage and Edward was a hairdresser.

Joan Clarke   
Added: 2 Feb 2021 10:54 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My late aunt Ivy Clarke (nee Burridge) lived with her whole family at 19 Avondale Park Gardens, according to the 1911 census and she was still there in 1937.What was it like in those days, I wonder, if the housing was only built in 1920?


Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

ken gaston   
Added: 16 Jan 2021 11:04 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My grandmother Hilda Baker and a large family lived in number 18 . It was a close community and that reflected in the coronation celebration held on the central green . I grew up in that square and went to school at Sirdar Road then St. Clements it was a great place to grow up with a local park and we would also trek to Holland Park or Kensington Gardens .Even then the area was considered deprived and a kindergarden for criminals . My generation were the first to escape to the new towns and became the overspill from London to get decent housing and living standards .

john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:48 GMT   

Mary Place Workhouse
There was a lady called Ivy who lived in the corner she use to come out an tell us kids off for climbing over the fence to play football on the green. Those were the days.

john ormandy   
Added: 14 Mar 2021 18:59 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
We moved to number 6 in 1950 an family still live there now. I think i remember a family name of Larter living in the house you mention also living in the Gdns were names Prior, Cannon, Parsons Clives at number 26 who i went to school with.

Brian Lucas   
Added: 15 Mar 2021 16:02 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
I also lived here at No. 15 1854 then move to No. 23 The Lucas Family

john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:21 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
Remember the Lucas family think the eldest was about same age as me cant remember his name though seem to rember had several younger sisters may have been twins!!

john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 18:02 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
Went to that coranation party with my two younger brothers who both went to St Clements along with Alan Mullery the footballer. I went to St James before moving on to St Johns along with Alan who lived in Mary Place where we were both in the same class.

Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

Lived here
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:39 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner lived at 24 Elgin Crescent

Source: Ancestry Library Edition



Born here
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT   

Momentous Birth!
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School


Mike Levy   
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT   

Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"


Lady Townshend   
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT   

Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received


Alex Britton   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 10:43 GMT   

Late opening
The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).

But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).

Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT   

Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT   

The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.

Kevin Pont   
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:25 GMT   

The deepest station
At 58m below ground, Hampstead is as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall.

Source: Hampstead tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:15 GMT   

Not as Central as advertised...
Hendon Central was by no means the centre of Hendon when built, being a green field site. It was built at the same time as both the North Circular Road and the A41 were built as major truck roads �’ an early example of joined up London transport planning.


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St Mary Abbot’s St Mary Abbots is a church located on Kensington High Street and the corner of Kensington Church Street in London W8.
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Abbots Court, W8 Abbots Court is a block in Kensington.
Abbots Walk, W8 Abbots Walk is one of a number of thoroughfares built over the site of St Mary Abbots Hospital.
Abingdon Court, W8 Abingdon Court is a block of flats on Abingdon Villas.
Abingdon Gardens, W8 Abingdon Gardens is a block on Abingdon Villas.
Abingdon Mansions, W8 The Abbots of Abingdon were once Lords of the Manor of Abbot’s Kensington.
Abingdon Villas, W8 Abingdon Villas runs between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road.
Adam And Eve Mews, W8 Adam And Eve Mews is a street in Kensington.
Allen Street, W8 Allen Street extends south from Kensington High Street.
Alma Studios, W8 Alma Studios is a street in Kensington.
Ansdell Terrace, W8 Ansdell Terrace is a cul-de-sac off of Ansdell Street and was previously known as St Albans Road North.
Argyll Road, W8 Argyll Road was built as part of the development of the Phillimore Estate.
Ball Street, W8 Ball Street was created by the Kensington Improvement Scheme of 1868-71, carried out by the Metropolitan Board of Works.
Beatrice Place, W8 Beatrice Place is a street in Kensington.
Blithfield Street, W8 Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.
Cedar House, W8 Cedar House is sited on Marloes Road.
Chantry Square, W8 Chantry Square is part of the Kensington Green Estate, built over the site of St Mary Abbots Hospital.
Chatsworth Court, W8 Chatsworth Court is a block on Pembroke Road.
Cheniston Gardens, W8 Cheniston Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Como House, W8 Como House is a block on Wrights Lane.
Cope Place, W8 Cope Place is a street in Kensington.
Cornwall Gardens Walk, SW7 Cornwall Gardens Walk is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Cottesmore Court, W8 Cottesmore Court is a block on South End Row.
Cromwell Road, SW5 Once known as Cromwell Lane, the road was named after one of Cromwell’s sons who lived here.
Derry and Toms Building, W8 Derry and Toms Building is a block on Kensington High Street.
Derry Street, W8 Derry Street formerly known as King Street and laid out in the mid-1730s.
Devonshire Place, W8 Devonshire Place lies off St Mary’s Place.
Drayson Mews, W8 Drayson Mews is a street in Kensington.
Durrels House, W14 Durrels House is a building on Warwick Gardens.
Earl’s Terrace, W8 Earl’s Terrace is a road in the W8 postcode area
Earls Court Road, W8 Earls Court Road is the main road serving Earls Court.
Earls Walk, W8 Earls Walk is a street in Kensington.
Eden Close, W8 Eden Close is a street in Kensington.
Edwardes Place, W8 Edwardes Place is a street in Kensington.
Edwardes Square, W8 Edwardes Square is a garden square in Kensington.
Essex Villas, W8 Essex Villas is a road in the W8 postcode area
Falkland House, W8 Falkland House is a block on Marloes Road.
Holland Green, W8 Holland Green is a block - part of the Design Museum.
Holland House, W8 Residential block
Holland Lane, W8 Holland Lane was a small side street next to the Holland Arms.
Holland Park Road, W14 Holland Park Road runs between Addison Road and Melbury Road.
Hornton Place, W8 Hornton Place is a street in Kensington.
Ilchester Place, W14 Ilchester Place runs between Abbotsbury Road and Melbury Road, immediately adjacent to the southern boundary of Holland Park itself.
Iverna Court, W8 Iverna Court was Iverna Gardens before 1935.
Iverna Gardens, W8 Iverna Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Juniper Court, W8 Juniper Court is sited on St Mary’s Place.
Kelso Place, W8 Kelso Place is a street in Kensington.
Kenbrook House, W14 Kenbrook House is a block on Kensington High Street.
Kensington Apartment, W8 Kensington Apartment is a road in the W8 postcode area
Kensington Arcade, W8 Kensington Arcade is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Court, W8 Kensington Church Court is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Walk, W8 Kensington Church Walk is a street in Kensington.
Kensington High Street, W8 Kensington High Street is one of western London’s most popular shopping streets, with upmarket shops serving a wealthy area.
Kensington Square, W8 Kensington Square is a garden square in London, W8.
Leonard Court, W8 Leonard Court is a block on Leonard Court.
Lexham Gardens Mews, SW7 This mews runs off Lexham Gardens.
Lexham Gardens, W8 Lexham Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Lexham House, W8 Lexham House is a block on Lexham Gardens.
Lexham Mews, W8 Lexham Mews is a street in Kensington.
Logan Place, W8 Logan Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Macmillan House, W8 Residential block
Marlborough Court, W8 Marlborough Court is a block on Logan Place.
Marloes Road, W8 Marloes Road runs north from the Cromwell Road.
Marlogs Road, W8 Marlogs Road is a street in Kensington.
Melbury Court, W8 Melbury Court is a block facing Kensington High Street.
Melbury Road, W14 Melbury Road is a grand, sweeping avenue, laid out from 1875 onwards.
Palace Place Mansions, W8 Palace Place Mansions is a street in Kensington.
Park Close, W14 Park Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Pembroke Gardens Close, W8 Pembroke Gardens Close is a road in the W8 postcode area
Pembroke Gardens, W8 Pembroke Gardens is a road in the W8 postcode area
Pembroke Mews, W8 Pembroke Mews is a street in Kensington.
Pembroke Place, W8 Pembroke Place is a street in Kensington.
Pembroke Road, SW5 Pembroke Road is a street in Kensington.
Pembroke Square, W8 Pembroke Square was developed by the Hawks family.
Pembroke Studios, W8 Pembroke Studios is a street in Kensington.
Pembroke Villas, W8 Pembroke Villas is a road in the W8 postcode area
Pembroke Walk, W8 Pembroke Walk is a road in the W8 postcode area
Pennant Mews, SW5 Pennant Mews is a street in Kensington.
Phillimore Gardens, W8 Phillimore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Phillimore Place, W8 Phillimore Place was part of the old Phillimore Estate and, at first, named Durham Villas.
Phillimore Walk, W8 Phillimore Walk is a street in Kensington.
Radley Mews, W8 Radley Mews is a street in Kensington.
Rutland House, W8 Rutland House can be found on Marloes Road.
Scarsdale Place, W8 Scarsdale Place is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Villas, W8 Scarsdale Villas is a street in Kensington.
Sherborne Court, SW5 Sherborne Court is a block on the corner of Cromwell Road and Marloes Road.
South Edwardes Square, W8 South Edwardes Square derives its name from William Edwardes, 2nd Lord Kensington - the square was built on part of his Holland House Estate.
South End Row, W8 South End Row is a street in Kensington.
South End, W8 South End is a street in Kensington.
St James House, W8 Residential block
St John’s Villas, W8 St John’s Villas is a 1990s development.
St Margarets Lane, W8 St Margarets Lane runs along the northern boundary of the Kensington Green Estate.
St Mary Abbot’s Court, W14 St Mary Abbot’s Court is a block on Warwick Gardens.
St Mary Abbots Terrace, W14 St Mary Abbots Terrace is a street in West Kensington.
St Mary Abbot’s Place, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
St Mary’s Gate, W8 St Mary’s Gate was laid out over the site of St Mary Abbots Hospital.
St Mary’s Place, W8 St Mary’s Place is a road which was built over the site of St Mary Abbots Hospital.
Stable Yard Ilchester Place, W14 Stable Yard Ilchester Place is a street in Kensington.
Stafford Court, W8 Stafford Court can be found on Kensington High Street.
Stafford Terrace, W8 Stafford Terrace was built between 1868 and 1874 by builder Joseph Gordon Davis.
Stone Hall Place, W8 Stone Hall Place leads to Stone Hall Gardens.
Stratford Road, W8 Stratford Road is a street in Kensington.
Sunningdale Gardens, W8 Sunningdale Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Sutherland House, W8 Sutherland House is a block on Marloes Road.
Thackeray Street, W8 Thackeray Street is a street in Kensington.
The Barkers Building, W8 The Barkers Building is located on Derry Street.
Thomas Place, W8 Thomas Place leads off St Mary’s Place.
Upper Phillimore Gardens, W8 Upper Phillimore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Warwick Chambers, W8 Warwick Chambers is a street in Kensington.
Warwick Gardens, W14 Warwick Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Warwick Road, W14 Warwick Road is a street in West Kensington.
Wright’s Lane, W8 Wright’s Lane is a old lane of Kensington.
Wynnstay Gardens, W8 Wynnstay Gardens is a road in the W8 postcode area
Young Street, W8 Young Street, named after the developer of Kensington Square, was in use as a road by 1685.
Zetland House, W8 Zetland House can be found on Marloes Road.

Holland Arms Holland Arms was a pub on Kensington High Street.
Radnor Walk The Devonshire Arms at 37 Marloes Road is a Victorian era pub built in 1865 with a traditional beer garden.

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Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.

The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops.

The edges of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington blurs into Chelsea, which has a similar architectural style. To the west, a transition is made across the West London railway line and Earl's Court Road further south into other districts, whilst to the north, the only obvious dividing line is Holland Park Avenue, to the north of which is the similar district of Notting Hill.

Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares.

Kensington is also very densely populated; it forms part of the most densely populated local government district (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings; instead, it has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Victorian and Georgian terraced houses (generally of some four to six floors) into flats.

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Boyne Terrace Mews, W11
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Marloes Road, W8
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The Holland Arms on Kensington High Street, drawn by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. The writer Joseph Addison was a frequent customer.
Credit: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Allen Street
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Kenway Road (1970)
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Marloes Road, W8

Tower House, Melbury Road, Kensington Constructed between 1876 and 1881, Tower House has an unique medieval design by fantasist and architect William Burges. Every room was decorated in accordance with a unique theme drawn from nature with rooms dedicated to themes such as the Sea, Animals, astronomy and astrology. In 1969, Richard Harris acquired the house and then in 1973 Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin outbid David Bowie and purchased it for £350 000. Page welcomed the cult filmmaker Kenneth Anger to move into his basement and complete the post-production of his movie Lucifer Rising. However, Anger soon grew weary of living in what he described as Page’s "evil fantasy house".
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The corner depicted is that of Abingdon Road and Scarsdale Villas, showing the church in the background.
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St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse
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Here is the original Earl’s Court entrance from 1871. With the coming of the Piccadilly Tube, the station moved across the road to the current one.

Safety First, Kensington High Street

Earl’s Court, District Line
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