Colindale

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July
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2021
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 called Collyn. Until the 20th century Colindale, was without any buildings save for a large house called Collindale Lodge, Collindale Farm, and a few cottages. (A spelling with two Ls was used). 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. Collyn Deep in particular referred to the place where the road forded the Silk Stream. This small brook, a tributary of the River Brent, runs north to south.

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).

Here also is the Grahame Park Estate, built on the former Hendon Aerodrome.




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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
   
Added: 20 Jul 2024 01:13 GMT   

Whitechapel (1980 - 1981)
Diana Lee-Gobbitt - Artist rented a room at No 1 Berner Street, Whitechapel, opposite Church Passage (Ripper territory) for one year, rent approx 3 pounds pw. Worked as Receptionist for n Indian import/export company in the Watney Markets. Owner of No 1 Berner Street was Sammy Ferrugia, Maltese Taxi company owner. The artist was shown the gambling den in Dutfield’s Yard behind the terrace houses. It was common local knowledge prostitution was high end income for those in the East End during the 1950s.

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Added: 7 Jul 2024 16:26 GMT   

Haycroft Gardens, NW10
My Grandfather bought No 45 Buchanan Gdns in I believe 1902 and died ther in the early 1950s

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Comment
   
Added: 7 Jul 2024 16:20 GMT   

Haycroft Gardens, NW10
I lived in No 7 from 1933 to 1938

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Sylvia guiver   
Added: 4 Jul 2024 14:52 GMT   

Grandparents 1937 lived 37 Blandford Square
Y mother and all her sisters and brother lived there, before this date , my parent wedding photographers were take in the square, I use to visit with my mother I remember the barge ballon in the square in the war.

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Born here
Roy Mathieson   
Added: 27 Jun 2024 16:25 GMT   

St Saviours
My great grandmother was born in Bowling Green Lane in 1848. The family moved from there to Earl Terrace, Bermondsey in 1849. I have never been able to locate Earl Terrace on maps.

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Added: 26 Jun 2024 13:10 GMT   

Buckhurst Street, E1
Mt grandfather, Thomas Walton Ward had a musical instrument workshop in Buckhurst Street from 1934 until the street was bombed during the war. Grandfather was a partner in the musical instrument firm of R.J. Ward and Sons of Liverpool. He died in 1945 and is buried in a common grave at Abney Park Cemetery.

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Lived here
Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

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Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vickers Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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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.

NEARBY STREETS
Achill Close, NW9 Achill Close is a location in London (Colindale)
Aerodrome Road, NW9 Aerodrome Road is one of the main roads through Grahame Park (Grahame Park)
Aeroville, NW9 Aeroville was an original square of Hendon Aerodrome (Colindale)
Airco Close, NW9 Airco Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Annesley Avenue, NW9 Annesley Avenue dates from the turn of the twentieth century (Colindale)
Bailey Court, NW9 Bailey Court is a block on Lingard Avenue (Colindale)
Barham Terrace, NW9 Barham Terrace is a location in London
Barnhill Road, NW9 Harvey Close lies off of Lingard Avenue (Colindale)
Beaulieu Close, NW9 Beaulieu Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Beaumont Court, NW9 Beaumont Court is a location in London (Grahame Park)
Bernera Walk, NW9 Bernera Walk is in Colindale Gardens (Colindale)
Beverley Drive, NW9 Observer Close is one of the ’newspaper’ roads of Colindale (Colindale)
Bonsai Point 399J, NW9 Bonsai Point 399J is a location in London (Colindale)
Booth Road, NW9 Booth Road is a street in Kingsbury (Grahame Park)
Bristol Avenue, NW9 Bristol Avenue is one of the main roads of Grahame Park (Grahame Park)
Bristol House, NW9 Bristol House is a block on Lower Strand (Grahame Park)
Broadview, NW9 Chronicle Avenue runs behind Colindale Park (Colindale)
Buccaneer Court, NW9 Buccaneer Court is a block on Valentina Avenue (Grahame Park)
Bucknall Court, NW9 Bucknall Court is a block on Cranesbill Close (Colindale)
Canterbury Court, NW9 Canterbury Court is a location in London (Grahame Park)
Capitol Industrial Park, NW9 Capitol Industrial Park is a location in London
Capitol Way, NW9 Capitol Way is a street in Kingsbury
Cara Court, NW9 Cara Court is a block on Bristol Avenue (Grahame Park)
Carlisle Road, NW9 Carlisle Road is a street in Kingsbury
Cecil Road, NW9 Cecil Road is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Chancellor Place, NW9 Chancellor Place is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Charcot Road, NW9 Charcot Road is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Chequers Close, NW9 Chequers Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Cherry Close, NW9 Cherry Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Clovelly Avenue, NW9 Clovelly Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Colin Close, NW9 Colin Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Colin Crescent, NW9 Colin Crescent is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Colin Drive, NW9 Colin Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Colin Gardens, NW9 Colin Gardens is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Colin Parade, NW9 Colin Parade is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Colin Park Road, NW9 Colin Park Road is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Colindale Avenue, NW9 Colindale Avenue predates the building of Colindale station to which it leads from the Edgware Road (Colindale)
Colindeep Lane, NW9 Colindeep Lane is a particularly old route (Colindale)
Connaught Business Centre, NW9 Connaught Business Centre is a location in London (Colindale)
Cottenham Drive, NW9 Thonrey Close is one of the newer roads of Colindale (Grahame Park)
Court Way, NW9 Court Way is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Crossway, NW9 Crossway is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Deeley Court, NW9 Deeley Court is located on Cranesbill Close (Colindale)
Deerfield Close, NW9 Deerfield Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Deerfield Cottages, NW9 Deerfield Cottages were built for Schweppes’s employees (Colindale)
Douglas, NW9 Douglas is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Eagle Drive, NW9 Eagle Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Edgware Road, NW9 Edgware Road is part of a Roman road running between London and Chester (Colindale)
Ember Court, NW9 Ember Court is a street in Kingsbury (Grahame Park)
European Business Centre, NW9 European Business Centre is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Evelyn Avenue, NW9 Evelyn Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Fairway Avenue, NW9 Fairway Avenue is a street in Kingsbury
Falcon Way, NW9 Falcon Way is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Felar Walk, NW9 Felar Walk is a location in London (Colindale)
Felix Court, NW9 Felix Court is a location in London (Colindale)
Ferndene, NW9 Ferndene is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Foxlands House, NW9 Foxlands House is a block on Cranesbill Close (Colindale)
Further Acre, NW9 Further Acre is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Galton Court, NW9 Galton Court is a block on Joslin Avenue (Colindale)
Galy, NW9 Needleman Close lies in NW9 (Colindale)
Greenway Close, NW9 Greenway Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Greenway Gardens, NW9 Greenway Gardens is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Gresswell, NW9 Gresswell is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Grove Crescent, NW9 Grove Crescent is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Grove Park Industrial Estate, NW9 Commercial area (Colindale)
Grove Park, NW9 Grove Park is a street in Kingsbury
Harrier Road, NW9 Harrier Road is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Hazel Close, NW9 Hazel Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Heath Parade, NW9 Heath Parade is a location in London (Grahame Park)
Heritage Avenue, NW9 Heritage Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Hillfield Avenue, NW9 Hillfield Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Holmstall Avenue, NW9 Tanner Close links Charcot Road and Lingard Avenue (Colindale)
Hoy Close, NW9 Hoy Close is a road in London NW9 (Colindale)
Hyde Estate Road, NW9 Commercial area (Colindale)
Hyde House, NW9 Hyde House is a block on Rushgrove Avenue (Colindale)
Jaguar Court, NW9 Jaguar Court is a block on Percival Avenue (Grahame Park)
Joslin Avenue, NW9 Joslin Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Kestrel Close, NW9 Kestrel Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Kingsbury Circle, NW9 Kingsbury Circle is a road in the NW9 postcode area
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 (Colindale)
Lismore Boulevard, NW9 Lismore Boulevard is the main road of Colindale Gardens (Grahame Park)
Lister Court, NW9 Lister Court is a scientifically-named block (Colindale)
Lower Strand, NW9 Lower Strand is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Lynton Avenue, NW9 Lynton Avenue is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Mannock Close, NW9 Mannock Close is a location in London (Colindale)
Manor Close, NW9 Manor Close is a street in Kingsbury
Manor Way, NW9 Manor Way is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Marlow Court, NW9 Marlow Court is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Martynside, NW9 Martynside is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Moineau, NW9 Moineau is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Montrose Avenue, NW9 Salk Close lies off of Charcot Road (Colindale)
Mornington Close, NW9 Mornington Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
New Way Road, NW9 New Way Road is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Newington House, NW9 Newington House is a building on Lismore Boulevard (Grahame Park)
Nobel Close, NW9 Nobel Close is a road (and not a cul-de-sac despite the name) in Colindale (Colindale)
North Green, NW9 North Green is a street in Kingsbury
North Way, NW9 North Way is a street in Kingsbury
Orchard Gate, NW9 Orchard Gate is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Oriental Square, NW9 Oriental Square is a location in London (Colindale)
Panavia Court, NW9 Panavia Court is a block on Hazel Close (Grahame Park)
Pasteur Close, NW9 Pasteur Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Percival Avenue, NW9 Percival Avenue is a location in London (Grahame Park)
Poolsford Road, NW9 Poolsford Road is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Portman Gardens, NW9 Portman Gardens is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Randall, NW9 Randall is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Rankin Close, NW9 Rankin Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Raven Close, NW9 Raven Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Reverence House, NW9 Reverence House is a building on Lismore Boulevard (Grahame Park)
Rookery Close, NW9 Rookery Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Rookery Way, NW9 Rookery Way is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Rose Glen, NW9 Rose Glen is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Ross Court, NW9 Ross Court is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Rossley House, NW9 Rossley House is located on Cranesbill Close (Colindale)
Rushgrove Avenue, NW9 Rushgrove Avenue is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Rushgrove Parade, NW9 Rushgrove Parade is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Sanday Drive, NW9 Sanday Drive is a location in London (Colindale)
Scottwell Drive, NW9 Scottwell Drive is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Serenity House, NW9 Serenity House is a block on Lismore Boulevard (Colindale)
Sheaveshill Avenue, NW9 Sheaveshill Avenue was originally part of Booth Road (Colindale)
Sheaveshill Court, NW9 Sheaveshill Court is a block on Edgware Road (Colindale)
Sheaveshill Parade, NW9 Sheaveshill Parade is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Silkfield Road, NW9 Silkfield Road is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Silverworks Close, NW9 Silverworks Close is a location in London (Colindale)
Simpson House, NW9 Simpson House is a location in London (Colindale)
Southbourne Court, NW9 Southbourne Court is a location in London (Colindale)
St Alphage Court, NW9 St Alphage Court is a development situated off Colindeep Lane (Colindale)
St Georges Avenue, NW9 St Georges Avenue is a street in Kingsbury
St Matthias Close, NW9 St Matthias Close is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
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
Stonecrop Close, NW9 Stonecrop Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Sunnyside Terrace, NW9 Sunnyside Terrace is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Swan Drive, NW9 Swan Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Grahame Park)
Symal House, NW9 Symal House is a block on Edgware Road (Colindale)
Technology Park, NW9 Technology Park is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Tewkesbury Gardens, NW9 Tewkesbury Gardens is a street in Kingsbury
The Greenway, NW9 The Greenway is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
The Grove, NW9 The Grove is a street in Kingsbury
The Hyde Industrial Estate, NW9 Commercial area (Colindale)
The Hyde, NW9 The Hyde is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
The Loning, NW9 The Loning has properties built by Ernest Trobridge at its cul-de-sac end (Colindale)
The Mall, NW9 Back Lane runs down to Silk Stream (Colindale)
The Ridgeway, NW9 The Ridgeway is a crescent north of Wakemans Hill Avenue (Colindale)
Tintern Avenue, NW9 Tintern Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Tyre Lane, NW9 Tyre Lane runs parallel to Edgware Road (Colindale)
Valentina Avenue, NW9 Valentina Avenue is a location in London (Grahame Park)
Varley Parade, NW9 Varley Parade is a street in Kingsbury (Colindale)
Westfield Close, NW9 Westfield Close is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Westfield Sports Ground, NW9 Westfield Sports Ground is a location in London
Windover Avenue, NW9 Windover Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Woodfield Avenue, NW9 Woodfield Avenue is a road in the NW9 postcode area (Colindale)
Writtle House, NW9 Writtle House is a block on Chancellor Place (Grahame Park)
Zenith Close, NW9 Zenith Close is a location in London (Colindale)

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