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Colindale is an area of north London lying to the northwest of Hendon.

Formerly in the borough and ancient parish of Hendon, Colindale was essentially the dale between Mill Hill and Burroughs. By the middle of the 20th century, it had come to include that part of the Edgware Road between The Hyde, and Burnt Oak.

The area is named after a 16th century family of the same name. Until the 20th century Collindale, was without any buildings save for a large house called Collindale Lodge, Collindale Farm, and a few cottages. (A spelling with two L’s has been used, as on this printed in 1873.) All of these properties were on Collindeep Lane, which had in the medieval period been an alternative route out of London (via Hampstead, Golders Green, and Hendon) to the Edgware Road. By the end of the 16th century it was not often used as a main road, and by the middle part of the 19th century was called Ancient Street.

By the end of the 19th century cheap land prices made Colindale attractive to developers. Colindale Hospital was started in 1898 as an asylum for the long term sick of central London, and The Government Lymph Establishment for making vaccines was built in 1907. By 1996 the majority of the hospital was closed, and at present lies mostly derelict. In 1902 the British Museum built a new depository, and kept the newspaper collection there from 1934.

Garstin’s Ltd established a trunk factory in 1901, as well as a row of cottages called Leatherville, as such they constitute the first manufacturer in the Collindale. By 1914 there was already housing between Colindale Avenue and Annesley avenues mostly to house the workers of these endeavours. Immediately after the First World War a number of other manufacturing companies came to Colindale. Franco Illuminated Signs came to Aerodrome Road in 1922. They made their money making the lights for the Franco British Exhibition (1909), from which they took their name (later abbreviated to Franco). They were best known for the neon signs to be found in Piccadilly from the 1920s to the 1970s. Frigidaire started in a wooden shack in Aerodrome Road, employing 11 people in 1923, and selling the first automatic household fridges in England. The reason why many of these and other companies chose Colindale was that there was land available for expansion. However by 1923 the tube railway reached Colindale, land prices increased and factory expansion was not realisable. A number of industries looked elsewhere for premises. In 1931 Fridgdaire, for example, decided to build a new manufacturing plant on the Edgware Road and had moved its entire operations there by 1946.

Colindale station opened on 18 August 1924 on what was then the Hampstead and Highgate Line as the first station on the second section of the Underground’s extension to Edgware.

After the station opened suburban development was rapid, and by 1939 much of the western side was semi-detached housing. Typical is the Colin Park Estate built by F. H. Stucke & Co, built around Colindeep Lane (1927). A number of the houses on this estate are by the architect E. G. Trobridge. St Matthias started as a mission church in 1905. Its permanent building was opened in 1934 and rebuilt 1971-3. Colindale infants’ school was started in Colindeep Lane in 1921, with a new building constructed in Woodfield Avenue in 1933. In September of 1940 Colindale tube station and the Newpaper Library (rebuilt 1957) were bombed, and the site was visited by George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother. The V1 flying bombs hit Colindale Hospital on 1 July 1944 killing four members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

Places of interest include the British Library newspaper depository, the Royal Air Force Museum, Barnet College, and the Peel Centre (better known as Hendon Police College).

A small brook, a tributary of the River Brent called the Silk Stream, runs north to south. Here also is the Grahame Park Estate, built on the former Hendon Aerodrome.




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Martina   
Added: 13 Jul 2017 21:22 GMT   

Schweppes factory
The site is now a car shop and Angels Fancy Dress shop and various bread factories are there.

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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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!

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Lived here
David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

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Added: 6 Jul 2021 05:38 GMT   

Wren Road in the 1950s and 60s
Living in Grove Lane I knew Wren Road; my grandfather’s bank, Lloyds, was on the corner; the Scout District had their office in the Congregational Church and the entrance to the back of the Police station with the stables and horses was off it. Now very changed - smile.

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fariba   
Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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Kim Johnson   
Added: 24 Jun 2021 19:17 GMT   

Limehouse Causeway (1908)
My great grandparents were the first to live in 15 Tomlins Terrace, then my grandparents and parents after marriage. I spent the first two years of my life there. My nan and her family lived at number 13 Tomlins Terrace. My maternal grandmother lived in Maroon house, Blount Street with my uncle. Nan, my mum and her brothers were bombed out three times during the war.

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Peter H Davies   
Added: 17 Jun 2021 09:33 GMT   

Ethelburga Estate
The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963–65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Colindale Colindale is an area of north London lying to the northwest of Hendon.
Edgware Road, Colindale Looking northwest along the Edgware Road at the junction with Colindale Avenue.

THE STREETS OF COLINDALE
Achill Close, NW9 Achill Close is a location in London.
Aeroville, NW9 Aeroville is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Ash Tree Dell, NW9 Ash Tree Dell was the one of two new roads off Buck Lane which was developed by the Kingsbury Cross Co-Partnership from 1931 onwards.
Barham Terrace, NW9 Barham Terrace is a location in London.
Barnhill Road, NW9 Harvey Close lies off of Lingard Avenue.
Bernera Walk, NW9 Bernera Walk is in Colindale Gardens.
Beverley Drive, NW9 Observer Close is one of the ’newspaper’ roads of Colindale.
Blundell Road, NW9 Blundell Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Bonsai Point 399J, NW9 Bonsai Point 399J is a location in London.
Broadview, NW9 Chronicle Avenue runs behind Colindale Park.
Buck Lane, NW9 Buck Lane is a street in Kingsbury.
Capitol Way, NW9 Capitol Way is a street in Kingsbury.
Carlisle Road, NW9 Carlisle Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Cecil Road, NW9 Cecil Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Charcot Road, NW9 Charcot Road is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Clovelly Avenue, NW9 Clovelly Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Colin Crescent, NW9 Colin Crescent is a street in Kingsbury.
Colin Drive, NW9 Colin Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Colin Park Road, NW9 Colin Park Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Colindale Avenue, NW9 Colindale Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Colindeep Lane, NW9 Colindeep Lane is a particularly old route.
Coniston Gardens, NW9 Coniston Gardens is a street in Kingsbury.
Connaught Business Centre, NW9 Connaught Business Centre is a location in London.
Court Way, NW9 Court Way is a street in Kingsbury.
Deerfield Close, NW9 Deerfield Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Derwent Avenue, NW9 Derwent Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Douglas, NW9 Douglas is a street in Kingsbury.
Ennerdale Drive, NW9 Ennerdale Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Evelyn Avenue, NW9 Evelyn Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Fairfields Close, NW9 Fairfields Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Fairway Avenue, NW9 Fairway Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Felar Walk, NW9 Felar Walk is a location in London.
Felix Court, NW9 Felix Court is a location in London.
Ferndene, NW9 Ferndene is a street in Kingsbury.
Forest Gate, NW9 Forest Gate is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Galy, NW9 Needleman Close lies in NW9.
Greenway Close, NW9 Greenway Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Greenway Gardens, NW9 Greenway Gardens is a street in Kingsbury.
Grove Crescent, NW9 Grove Crescent is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Grove Park Industrial Estate, NW9 Grove Park Industrial Estate is a location in London.
Grove Park, NW9 Grove Park is a street in Kingsbury.
Hay Lane, NW9 Hay Lane is a street in Kingsbury.
Hayland Close, NW9 Hayland Close is part of the 1920s Summit Estate.
Highfield Avenue, NW9 Highfield Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Highfield Close, NW9 Highfield Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Hillside, NW9 Hillside is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Holmstall Avenue, NW9 Tanner Close links Charcot Road and Lingard Avenue.
Hyde Estate Road, NW9 Hyde Estate Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Hyde House, NW9 Residential block
Joslin Avenue, NW9 Joslin Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Kenwood Court, NW9 Kenwood Court was built after a fire.
Kingsbury Circle, NW9 Kingsbury Circle is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Kingsbury Road, NW9 Kingsbury Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Larkway Close, NW9 Larkway Close is a street in Kingsbury.
Leybourne Road, NW9 Leybourne Road is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Lingard Avenue, NW9 Lingard Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Lodore Gardens, NW9 Lodore Gardens is a street in Kingsbury.
Lynton Avenue, NW9 Lynton Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Mannock Close, NW9 Mannock Close is a location in London.
Manor Close, NW9 Manor Close is a street in Kingsbury.
Manor Way, NW9 Manor Way is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Marlow Court, NW9 Marlow Court is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Martynside, NW9 Martynside is a street in Kingsbury.
Mead Court, NW9 Mead Court is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Meadow Way, NW9 Meadow Way is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Montrose Avenue, NW9 Salk Close lies off of Charcot Road.
Mornington Close, NW9 Mornington Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Mount View Road, NW9 Mount View Road is a location in London.
Mountaire Court, NW9 Mountaire Court is a street in Kingsbury.
New Way Road, NW9 New Way Road is a street in Kingsbury.
North Green, NW9 North Green is a street in Kingsbury.
North Way, NW9 North Way is a street in Kingsbury.
Oak Tree Dell, NW9 Oak Tree Dell is half of a pair of 1930s twin roads along with Ash Tree Dell.
Orchard Gate, NW9 Orchard Gate is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Oriental Square, NW9 Oriental Square is a location in London.
Pasteur Close, NW9 Pasteur Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Poolsford Road, NW9 Poolsford Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Portman Gardens, NW9 Portman Gardens is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Rankin Close, NW9 Rankin Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Ridge Close, NW9 Ridge Close is a street in Kingsbury.
Rookery Way, NW9 Rookery Way is a street in Kingsbury.
Rushgrove Avenue, NW9 Rushgrove Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Scottwell Drive, NW9 Scottwell Drive is a street in Kingsbury.
Sheaveshill Avenue, NW9 Sheaveshill Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Sheaveshill Parade, NW9 Sheaveshill Parade is a street in Kingsbury.
Silverworks Close, NW9 Silverworks Close is a location in London.
Simpson House, NW9 Simpson House is a location in London.
Southbourne Court, NW9 Southbourne Court is a location in London.
Springfield Gardens, NW9 Springfield Gardens is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Springfield Mount, NW9 Springfield Mount is a street in Kingsbury.
St. Alphage Court, NW9 St. Alphage Court is a location in London.
Stag Lane, NW9 Stag Lane follows the line of an old country track.
Stag Lane, NW9 Stag Lane is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Stancroft, NW9 Stancroft is a street in Kingsbury.
Stonecrop Close, NW9 Stonecrop Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Summit Avenue, NW9 Summit Avenue is a street in Kingsbury.
Summit Close, NW9 Summit Close was built as part of the Summit Estate.
Sunny View, NW9 Sunny View is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Sunnyside Terrace, NW9 Sunnyside Terrace is a street in Kingsbury.
Technology Park, NW9 Technology Park is a street in Kingsbury.
The Greenhouse, NW9 Residential block
The Greenway, NW9 The Greenway is a street in Kingsbury.
The Hyde Industrial Estate, NW9 The Hyde Industrial Estate is a street in Kingsbury.
The Hyde, NW9 The Hyde is a street in Kingsbury.
The Loning, NW9 The Loning has properties built by Ernest Trobridge at its cul-de-sac end.
The Retreat, NW9 The Retreat is a road in the NW9 postcode area
The Ridgeway, NW9 The Ridgeway is a crescent north of Wakemans Hill Avenue.
Uphill Drive, NW9 Uphill Drive is a street in Kingsbury.
Valentine, NW9 Bailey Court is a block on Lingard Avenue.
Varley Parade, NW9 Varley Parade is a street in Kingsbury.
Wakemans Hill Avenue, NW9 Wakemans Hill Avenue is the eastern extension to Highfield Avenue beyond Buck Lane.
Westfield Sports Ground, NW9 Westfield Sports Ground is a location in London.
Wilberforce Road, NW9 Wilberforce Road is a street in Kingsbury.
Windover Avenue, NW9 Windover Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Zenith Close, NW9 Zenith Close is a location in London.

THE PUBS OF COLINDALE
Erin’s Hope This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Plough Inn The Plough at Kingsbury Green was established in 1748.
Power’s Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Chandos Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Moon Under Water This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Shanakee This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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West Hendon from above
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The Edgware Road in Colindale
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Featherstone Farm (1909)
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The Plough - reputedly 800 years old
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Silk Stream near Colindale (1916)
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Silk Stream near Colindale (1916)
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