Clifford Gardens, NW10

Road in/near Kensal Green, existing between 1897 and now

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Road · Kensal Green · NW10 ·

Clifford Gardens is a street just north of the railway at Kensal Rise.

The All Souls’ estate now stretches from Kensal Green to Harlesden. Many of the houses were built by Charles Langler and Charles Pinkham in the last decade of the nineteenth century.

Their most noteworthy houses are those in Clifford Gardens built around 1897, the facades of which are decorated with quaint and curious stucco scenes. These were fashioned by an old Hampstead man employed by Langler and Pinkham.

Clifford Gardens ran originally beyond the southern boundary of the National Athletic Ground.

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Lived here
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.’

Born here
Susan Wright   
Added: 16 Sep 2017 22:42 GMT   

Ada Crowe, 9 Bramley Mews
My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.

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.



The Underground Map   
Added: 24 Nov 2020 14:25 GMT   

The 1879 Agricultural Show
The 1879 Royal Agricultural Society of England’s annual show was held on an area which later became Queen’s Park and opened on 30 June 1879.

The show ran for a week but the poor weather meant people had to struggle through deep mud and attendances fell disastrously. The visit to the show by Queen Victoria on the fifth day rallied visitors and nearly half the people who visited the show went on that day.

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.


Lived here
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 questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.


Dave Fahey   
Added: 6 Jan 2021 02:40 GMT   

Bombing of the Jack O Newberry
My maternal grandfather, Archie Greatorex, was the licensee of the Earl of Warwick during the Second World War. My late mother Vera often told the story of the bombing of the Jack. The morning after the pub was bombed, the landlord’s son appeared at the Warwick with the pub’s till on an old pram; he asked my grandfather to pay the money into the bank for him. The poor soul was obviously in shock. The previous night, his parents had taken their baby down to the pub cellar to shelter from the air raids. The son, my mother never knew his name, opted to stay in his bedroom at the top of the building. He was the only survivor. I often wondered what became of him.

Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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

Lived here
Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 15:38 GMT   

6 East Row (1960 - 1960)
We lived at 6 East Row just before it was demolished.

danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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.

Lived here
Norman Norrington   
Added: 28 Dec 2020 08:31 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
I was born in Hammersmith Hospital (Ducane Rd) I lived at 40 Blecynden Street from birth in 1942 to 1967 when I moved due to oncoming demolition for the West way flyover.
A bomb fell locally during the war and cracked one of our windows, that crack was still there the day I left.
It was a great street to have grown up in I have very fond memories of living there.

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

john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:30 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Went to school St Johns with someone named Barry Green who lived in that St. Use to wait for him on the corner take a slow walk an end up being late most days.



Scott Hatton   
Added: 30 Jan 2023 11:28 GMT   

The Beatles on a London rooftop
The Beatles’ rooftop concert took place on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London. It was their final public performance as a band and was unannounced, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The concert lasted for 42 minutes and included nine songs. The concert is remembered as a seminal moment in the history of rock music and remains one of the most famous rock performances of all time.


Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.


Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.

Lived here
Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

Lived here
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.

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

Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.

Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn


Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1


Chamberlayne Farm Chamberlain (Wood) Farm developed out of the manor of Chambers, named after Richard de Camera, an early 13th century cleric.
Chamberlayne Road (1909) Until after the first world war, the area north of Kensal Rise was still fields.
Harrow Road, Kensal Green (1900s) The corner of Ravensworth Road and Harrow Road in NW10.
Kensal Rise (1907) Motor buses at Kensal Rise station.
Princess Frederica School Princess Frederica School on the corner of College Road and Purves Road, NW10.

All Souls Avenue, NW10 All Souls Avenue is a street which separates Willesden from Kensal Rise.
Ashburnham Road, NW10 Ashburnham Road is a street in Willesden.
Banister Road, W10 Banister Road just scrapes being classed as belonging to the Queen’s Park Estate.
Bathurst Gardens, NW10 Bathurst Gardens, NW10 is an east-west road connecting the junction of All Souls Avenue with College Road.
Bolton Gardens, NW10 Bolton Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Bridge House, NW10 Residential block
Buchanan Gardens, NW10 Buchanan Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Burrows Road, NW10 Burrows Road is a street in Willesden.
Chamberlayne Road, NW10 Chamberlayne Road is the main road connecting Kensal Rise with the areas to the north.
Claridge House, NW10 Claridge House is a block on Mortimer Road.
College Road, NW10 College Road was named after All Soul’s Collage in Oxford which owned the land that the street was built upon.
Compton Road, NW10 Compton Road is a street in Willesden.
Crediton Road, NW10 Crediton Road is a street in Willesden.
Dundonald Road, NW10 Dundonald Road is a street in Willesden.
Earlsmead Road, NW10 Earlsmead Road is a street in Willesden.
Felixstowe Road, NW10 Felixstowe Road is a street in Willesden.
Greyhound Road, NW10 Greyhound Road is a street in Willesden.
Halstow Road, NW10 Halstow Road was laid out in the 1890s.
Hardinge Road, NW10 Hardinge Road was named after Lord Hardinge, Viceroy of India.
Harriet Tubman House, NW10 Harriet Tubman House is a block on Hazel Road.
Harvist Road, NW10 Harvist Road is a street in Willesden.
Hazel Road, NW10 Hazel Road is a street in Willesden.
Herbert Gardens, NW10 Herbert Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Hiley Road, NW10 Hiley Road is a street in Willesden.
Holland House, NW10 Holland House is located on Holland Road.
Irwin Gardens, NW10 Irwin Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Kempe Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Kempe Road, NW6 Kempe Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Keslake Mansions, NW10 Keslake Mansions is a street in Willesden.
Keslake Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Keslake Road, NW6 Road in Kensal Rise, London NW6
Kings Holt Mews, W10 Kings Holt Mews runs behind Kilburn Lane.
Kings Parade, NW10 Kings Parade is a street in Willesden.
Langler Road, NW10 Langler Road is a street in Willesden.
Leigh Gardens, NW10 Leigh Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Leighton Gardens, NW10 Leighton Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Liddell Gardens, NW10 Liddell Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Linden Avenue, NW10 Linden Avenue is a street in Willesden.
Mortimer Road, NW10 Mortimer Road is a street in Willesden.
New Hope Court, NW10 New Hope Court is a block on Harrow Road.
Okehampton Road, NW10 Okehampton Road is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Peploe Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Petherton Court, NW10 Petherton Court is a block on Tiverton Road.
Purves Road, NW10 Purves Road is named after the solicitor of the United Land Company who were developers in this area.
Ravensworth Road, NW10 Ravensworth Road is a street in Willesden.
St Margaret’s Road, NW10 St Margaret’s Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
St Margaret’s Road, NW10 St Margaret’s Road is a road in the BR3 postcode area
St. Margarets Road, NW10 St. Margarets Road is a location in London.
Station Terrace, NW10 Station Terrace is a street in Willesden.
The Tay Building, NW10 The Tay Building is located on Wrentham Avenue.
Tiverton Road, NW10 Tiverton Road is a street in Willesden.
Tropical Court, W10 Tropical Court is a block on Kilburn Lane.
Unicorn House, NW10 Unicorn House is a block on Station Terrace.
Vigers Court, NW10 Vigers Court is a block on Harrow Road.
Wakeman House, NW10 Wakeman House is a block on Wakeman Road.
Wakeman Road, NW10 Wakeman Road is a street in Willesden.
Westfield Court, NW10 Westfield Court is a block on Chamberlayne Road.
Whitmore Gardens, NW10 Whitmore Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Woodlands Court, NW10 Woodlands Court is a building on Wrentham Avenue.
Wrentham Avenue, NW10 Wrentham Avenue runs between Chamberlayne Road and Tiverton Road.


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Kensal Green

Kensal Green, site of England’s oldest cemetery still in use.

Kensal Green is the site of Kensal Green Cemetery, the oldest English cemetery still in operation, which contains many elaborate Victorian mausoleums, including those of William Makepeace Thackeray and Anthony Trollope.

Kensal Green is now a residential area with good transport links to central London, surrounding districts include Willesden Green to the north, Harlesden to the west, Brondesbury and Queens Park to the east and Ladbroke Grove to the south. The names Kensal Green and Kensal Rise are used somewhat interchangeably by non-residents to denote the same district, although residents differentiate between the areas based on proximity to the local tube and railway stations.

Roughly speaking, the area west of Chamberlayne Road, north of Harrow Road and south of Kensal Rise railway station is considered Kensal Green while that to the east of Chamberlayne Road and north of the station is considered Kensal Rise. These boundaries are by no means fixed however and some residents are known to use both terms with little regard for geographical accuracy.

Kensal Green station opened on 1 October 1916 on the New Line on the north side of the existing London and North Western Railway tracks from Euston to Watford.

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The "Western"
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Clayton Arms
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The Foresters
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Saint John the Evangelist
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Bathurst Gardens, NW10
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Flats on Donnington Road, 1961.
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Wrentham Avenue, NW10
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Purves Road (date unknown)
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Alexander Avenue, NW10
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Bryan Avenue, NW10
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Victor Road, Kensal Green
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The Victoria (1920s)
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In the neighbourhood...

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Kensal Rise Library The site was donated by All Souls College, Oxford and the library was opened by Mark Twain, who had been staying nearby at Dollis Hill House. At the ceremony, Mark Twain gave the Library Committee Chairman five of his books and a signed photograph.
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Bathurst Gardens, NW10
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Wrentham Avenue, NW10
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Purves Road (date unknown)
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"The Plough Inn" from an 1820 watercolour.
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