Fountain Square, SW1W

An area which may have existed since the nineteenth century or before with housing mainly dating from the 1960s

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Fountain Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.




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Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   

Bessborough Place, SW1V
I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved London. The stucco houses were a feature and the backs of the houses enabled parents to see thier children playing.

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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

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Born here
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Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT



   
Added: 4 May 2021 19:45 GMT   

V1 Attack
The site of a V1 incident in 1944

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David Gibbs   
Added: 3 May 2021 16:48 GMT   

73 Bus Crash in Albion Rd 1961
From a Newspaper cutting of which I have a copy with photo. On Tuesday August 15th 1961 a 73 bus destined for Mortlake at 8.10am. The bus had just turned into Albion Road when the driver passed out, apparently due to a heart attack, and crashed into a wall on the western side of Albion Road outside No 207. The bus driver, George Jefferies aged 56 of Observatory Road, East Sheen, died after being trapped in his cab when he collided with a parked car. Passengers on the bus were thrown from their seats as it swerved. Several fainted, and ambulances were called. The bus crashed into a front garden and became jammed against a wall. The car driver, who had just parked, suffered shock.

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Richard Eades   
Added: 3 May 2021 11:42 GMT   

Downsell Primary School (1955 - 1958)
I was a pupil at Downsell road from I think 1955 age 7 until I left in 1958 age 10 having passed my "11plus" and won a scholarship to Parmiters school in bethnal green. I remember my class teacher was miss Lynn and the deputy head was mrs Kirby.
At the time we had an annual sports day for the whole school in july at drapers field, and trolley buses ran along the high street and there was a turning point for them just above the junction with downsell road.
I used to go swimming at cathall road baths, and also at the bakers arms baths where we had our school swimming galas. I nm y last year, my class was taken on a trip to the tower of london just before the end of term. I would love to hear from any pupils who remember me.

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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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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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Tricia   
Added: 27 Apr 2021 12:05 GMT   

St George in the East Church
This Church was opened in 1729, designed by Hawksmore. Inside destroyed by incendrie bomb 16th April 1941. Rebuilt inside and finished in 1964. The building remained open most of the time in a temporary prefab.

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Added: 21 Apr 2021 16:21 GMT   

Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.

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Josh   
Added: 18 Apr 2021 21:00 GMT   

Winchfield House, SW15
Designed 1952-53. Constructed 1955-58

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NEARBY STREETS
Alderney Street, SW1V Alderney Street was originally Stanley Street, after George Stanley, local landowner.
Allington Street, SW1E Allington Street was named after Allington in Lincolnshire.
Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P Ambrosden Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ashley Gardens, SW1P Ashley Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ashley Place, SW1P Ashley Place is thought to be named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Victorian politician and philanthropist.
Avery Farm Row, SW1W Avery Farm Row - after a former farm here of this name, ’Avery’ being a corruption of ’Ebury’.
Belgrave Road, SW1V Belgrave Road is a street in the Pimlico area of London.
Bloomfield Terrace, SW1W Bloomfield Terrace is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Boscobel Place, SW1W Boscobel Place’s name is derived from the story of Charles II.
Bourne Street, SW1W Bourne Street is lined with what were once artisans’ dwellings.
Bridge Place, SW1V Bridge Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W Buckingham Palace Road runs from the south side of Buckingham Palace towards Chelsea.
Buckingham Palace, SW1W Buckingham Palace is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Buckland House, SW1V Residential block
Bulleid Way, SW1V Bulleid Way is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Bunhouse Place, SW1W Bunhouse Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Burton Mews, SW1W Burton Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Cambridge Street, SW1V Cambridge Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Carlisle Mansions, SW1P Carlisle Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Carlisle Place, SW1P Carlisle Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Charlwood Street, SW1V Charlwood Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Chester Row, SW1W Chester Row with its tall stucco houses lies at the heart of the district of Belgravia.
Chester Square Mews, SW1W Chester Square Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Chester Square, SW1W Chester Square was voted London’s second best house address early in the 2000s. Nearby Eaton Square was voted first.
Churton Place, SW1V Churton Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Churton Street, SW1V Churton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Clarendon Street, SW1V Clarendon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Colonnade Walk, SW1W Colonnade Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Conduit Street, SW1W Conduit Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Wpostal area.
Dells Mews, SW1V Dells Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Mews, SW1V Denbigh Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Place, SW1V Denbigh Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Street, SW1V Denbigh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Dove Walk, SW1W Dove Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
East Concourse, SW1V East Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Eaton Mews North, SW1W Eaton Mews North is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Eaton Mews South, SW1W Eaton Mews South is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eaton Mews West, SW1W Eaton Mews West is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eaton Place, SW1X Eaton Place was developed by Thomas Cubitt between 1826 and 1845.
Eaton Square, SW1W Eaton Square is one of the jewels in Belgravia’s crown.
Eaton Terrace, SW1W Eaton Terrace is a street of elegant five and six storey terraced houses.
Ebury Bridge, SW1V Ebury Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Ebury Bridge, SW1W Ebury Bridge is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Ebury Mews, SW1W Ebury Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Ebury Square, SW1W In contrast with much of Belgravia’s planned building, Edbury Square developed as a result of London’s natural expansion.
Ebury Street, SW1W Ebury Street runs from the Grosvenor Gardens junction south-westwards to Pimlico Road.
Ebury Strreet, SW1W Ebury Strreet is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Eccleston Bridge, SW1W Eccleston Bridge derives its name from Eccleston in Cheshire, where the Grosvenor family own property.
Eccleston Place, SW1W Eccleston Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eccleston Square Mews, SW1V Eccleston Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Eccleston Square, SW1V Eccleston Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Eccleston Street, SW1W Eccleston Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eccleston Yard, SW1W Eccleston Yard is a location in London.
Elizabeth Bridge, SW1V Elizabeth Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Elizabeth Street, SW1W Elizabeth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Evelyn Mansions, SW1P Evelyn Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Garrison Square, SW1W Garrison Square is a location in London.
Gillingham Row, SW1V This is a street in the SW1V postcode area
Gillingham Street, SW1V Gillingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Graham Terrace, SW1W Graham Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Greenwood, SW1V Greenwood is a road in the SE26 postcode area
Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, SW1W Grosvenor Gardens Mews North is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Grosvenor Gardens, SW1W Grosvenor Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Guildhouse Street, SW1V Guildhouse Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Hudsons Place, SW1V Hudsons Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Hugh Street, SW1V Hugh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
King’s Scholars’ Passage, SW1V King’s Scholars’ Passage is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Longmoore Street, SW1V Longmoore Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Lower Belgrave Street, SW1W Lower Belgrave Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Main Concourse, SW1V Main Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions, SW1V Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Morpeth Mansions, SW1V Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Morpeth Terrace, SW1P Morpeth Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Mozart Terrace, SW1W Mozart Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Mulberry Square, SW1W Mulberry Square is a location in London.
Neat House Place, SW1V Neat House Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Neathouse Place, SW1V Neathouse Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Ollin Street, SW1W Ollin Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Ormonde Place, SW1W Ormonde Place is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Phipps Mews, SW1W Phipps Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Pimilco Walk, SW1W Pimilco Walk is a road in the N1 postcode area
Ranelagh Grove, SW1W Ranelagh Grove was formerly called Wilderness Row and Ranelagh Walk.
Rivermill, SW1V Rivermill is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Semley Place, SW1W Semley Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Silverdale Industrial Estate, SW1W A street within the SW1W postcode
South Eaton Place, SW1W South Eaton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
St Barnabas Mews, SW1W St Barnabas Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
St Barnabas Street, SW1W St Barnabas Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
St Georges Drive, SW1V St Georges Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
St Georges Row, SW1V St Georges Row was built as Monster Row circa 1785, and renamed in 1833.
Tachbrook Mews, SW1V Tachbrook Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Terminus Place, SW1 Terminus Place is the home of Victoria Bus Station.
Terminus Place, SW1 Terminus Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Terminus Place, SW1W Terminus Place is a road in the SW1W postcode area
The Arcade, SW1V The Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Tintern House, SW1V Residential block
Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V Upper Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Victoria Arcade, SW1P Victoria Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
Victoria Arcade, SW1V Victoria Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Victoria Place, SW1W Victoria Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Victoria Street, SW1P Victoria Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
Victoria Subway, SW1V Victoria Subway is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Victoria Walk, SW1 Victoria Walk is a road in the E3 postcode area
Walden House, SW1W Residential block
Warwick Place North, SW1V Warwick Place North is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Warwick Square Mews, SW1V Warwick Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Warwick Square, SW1V Warwick Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Warwick Way, SW1V Warwick Way is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
West Mews, SW1V West Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Willow Place, SW1P Willow Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Willow Walk, SW1P A street within the SW1V postcode
Wilton Road, SW1V Wilton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.


Victoria

The railways largely replaced the canals as a means of transport. Uniquely for a main line station, Victoria station was built on top of one.

Before the railway arrived in 1862, this area - like the area immediately south of it - was known as Pimlico. The Grosvenor Canal ended in a large basin here.

Victoria station’s origins lie with the Great Exhibition of 1851, when a railway called the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway came into existence, serving the site of the exhibition halls which had been transferred to Sydenham from Hyde Park. The terminus of that railway was at Stewarts Lane in Battersea on the south side of the river. In 1858 a joint enterprise was set up to take trains over the river: it was entitled the Victoria Station and Pimlico Railway; and was a mile and a quarter in length. The railway was owned by four railway companies: the Great Western (GWR); London & North Western (LNWR); the London, Brighton and South Coast (LBSCR); and the London Chatham and Dover Railways (LCDR). It was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1858.

The station was built in two parts: those on the western side, opened in 1862, with six platforms, ten tracks and an hotel (the 300-bedroom Grosvenor) were occupied by the Brighton company; whilst adjacent, and in the same year, the Chatham company were to occupy a less imposing wooden-fronted building. The latter’s station had nine tracks and was shared by broad-gauge trains of the GWR, whose trains arrived from Southall via the West London Extension Joint Railway through Chelsea. The GWR remained part owner of the station until 1932, although its trains had long since ceased to use it. Each side of the station had its own entrance and a separate station master; a wall between the two sections effectively emphasised that fact.

At the start of the twentieth century both parts of the station were rebuilt. It now had a decent frontage and forecourt, but not as yet a unified existence. Work on the Brighton side was completed in 1908 and was carried out in red brick; the Grosvenor Hotel was rebuilt at the same time. The Chatham side, in a Edwardian style with baroque elements, designed by Alfred Bloomfield, was completed a year later. The two sections were eventually connected in 1924 by removing part of a screen wall, when the platforms were renumbered as an entity. The station was redeveloped internally in the 1980s, with the addition of shops within the concourse, and above the western platforms.

The station was now serving boat trains, and during WWI it became the hub of trains carrying soldiers to and from France, many of them wounded. After the war the Continental steamer traffic became concentrated there, including the most famous of those trains, the Golden Arrow. The area around the station also became a site for other other forms of transport: a bus station in the forecourt; a coach terminal to the south; and it is now the terminal for trains serving Gatwick Airport.

Victoria is also well-served by London underground. The sub-surface Circle and District Lines opened on December 24, 1868; and the Victoria Line line came to Victoria Station with the third phase of construction of the line - the station’s platforms were opened on March 7, 1969, six months after the Victoria line had started running in outer London.


LOCAL PHOTOS
The 52 bus
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Boscobel Oaks, 1804
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Belgrave Square
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Edbury Square, c. 1906.
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Boscobel Place
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Antrobus Street sign
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In the neighbourhood...

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The 52 bus
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Boscobel Oaks, 1804
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The sign for the "Stage Door", formerly a pub in Allington Street, SW1
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Belgrave Square
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Eaton Square
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Edbury Square, c. 1906.
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Boscobel Place
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Antrobus Street sign
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The Monster Tea Gardens (1820)
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