Beckford’s Estate

Agricultural Estate in/near Fortune Green, existing until now.

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Agricultural Estate · * · ·
Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.

It was sold in 1865 to the Real Property Company and in 1868 to the Land Company of London, which laid out Hillfield Road and Aldred Street in building plots.

Development was slow. Two houses and a temporary church were built in Mill Lane, east of the junction with Aldred Road, in 1874 and one plot fronting Mill Lane, sold in 1875, was built on by 1878. Premises for Field Lane boys' industrial school were built on the north side of Hillfield Road in 1877. Sustained building began in 1878 and by 1890 some 88 houses, by various builders, had been erected in Hillfield Road; 16 were built in 1888 in Aldred Road by Cossens, who lived there, and the Pavement, nos. 41-83 (odd), was built in Mill Lane. In 1908 Berridge House opened next to the industrial school, at the junction of Hillfield Road and Fortune Green Lane, as the National Society's training college for teachers of domestic subjects.

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Jean Deane   
Added: 2 Oct 2023 16:43 GMT   

Advertisement for a laundry in Mill Lane, Brixton Hill, SW2 from early 1900’s
The New Imperial Laundry

Source: From a Ladies glance guide for Mistress and Maid



Vic Stanley   
Added: 24 Feb 2024 17:38 GMT   

The postcode is SE15, NOT SE1

Added: 17 Feb 2024 00:08 GMT   

No 36 Upper East Smithfield
My great great grandfather was born at No 36 Upper East Smithfield and spent his early years staring out at a "dead wall" of St Katharine’s Docks. His father was an outfitter and sold clothing for sailors. He describes the place as being backed by tenements in terrible condition and most of the people living there were Irish.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 16 Feb 2024 20:32 GMT   

Name origin
Interestingly South Lambeth derives its name from the same source as Lambeth itself - a landing place for lambs.

But South Lambeth has no landing place - it is not on the River Thames


C Hobbs   
Added: 31 Jan 2024 23:53 GMT   

George Gut (1853 - 1861)
George Gut, Master Baker lived with his family in Long Lane.
George was born in Bernbach, Hesse, Germany and came to the UK sometime in the 1840s. In 1849, George married an Englishwoman called Matilda Baker and became a nauralized Englishman. He was given the Freedom of the City of London (by Redemption in the Company of Bakers), in 1853 and was at that time, recorded as living at 3 Long Lane. In the 1861 census, George Gut was living at 11 Long Lane.

Emma Beach   
Added: 18 Jan 2024 04:33 GMT   

William Sutton Thwaites
William Sutton Thwaites was the father of Frances Lydia Alice Knorr nee Thwaites�’�’she was executed in 1894 in Melbourne, Victoria Australia for infanticide. In the year prior to his marriage, to her mother Frances Jeanette Thwaites nee Robin, William Sutton was working as a tailor for Mr Orchard who employed four tailors in the hamlet of Mile End Old Town on at Crombies Row, Commercial Road East.

Source: 1861 England Census Class: Rg 9; Piece: 293; Folio: 20; Page: 2; GSU roll: 542608

Added: 15 Jan 2024 15:44 GMT   

Simon De Charmes, clockmaker
De Charmes (or Des Charmes), Simon, of French Huguenot extraction. Recorded 1688 and Free of the Clockmakers’ Company 1691-1730. In London until 1704 at least at ’his House, the Sign of the Clock, the Corner of Warwick St, Charing Cross’. See Brian Loomes The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.188

Born here
Jacqueline Mico   
Added: 14 Jan 2024 07:29 GMT   

Robert Bolam
This is where my grandad was born, he went on to be a beautiful man, he became a shop owner, a father, and grandfather, he lost a leg when he was a milkman and the horse kicked him, then opened a shop in New Cross and then moved to Lewisham where he had a Newsagents and tobacconists.

Tom Hughes   
Added: 5 Jan 2024 14:11 GMT   

4 Edwardes Terrace
In 1871, Mrs. Blake, widow of Gen. Blake, died in her home at 4 Edwardes Terrace, leaving a fortune of 140,000 pounds, something like 20 million quid today. She left no will. The exact fortune may have been exaggerated but for years claimants sought their share of the "Blake millions" which eventually went to "the Crown."


Avenue Farm Cowhouse Farm was linked to Hodford Farm in Golders Green for a long period.
Avenue Farm
Beckford’s Estate Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.
Beckford’s Estate
Cedars A local West Hampstead builder, Thomas Potter, constructed Cedars in 1878.
Cholmley Lodge Cholmley Lodge, a two storeyed stuccoed house, was built in 1813.
Cholmley Lodge
Cock and Hoop The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
Cock and Hoop
Flitcroft Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.
Fortune Green Fortune Green was originally part of the district of Hampstead but became physically separated from it by the building of the new turnpike road (now Finchley Road) in the 1830s.
Fortune Green
Fortune Green Fortune Green lies to the north of the ancient village of West End.
Fortune Green
Hackney College The Village Itinerancy Society, a Congregationalist college, was transformed into Hackney Theological Seminary.
Hackney College
Hillfield By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s) Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s)
National School A National School was established in West End during 1844.
National School
New West End New West End was created in the 1840s on the Finchley Road.
New West End
Potter’s Iron Foundry In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.
Potter’s Iron Foundry
The Black Lion The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
The Black Lion
Thorplands Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.
West End Green West End Green is situated on a corner of West End Lane, formerly the location of West End Fair.
West End Green
Woodbine Cottage Woodbine Cottage was situated at the south-eastern corner of the Flitcroft estate.
Woodbine Cottage

, NW3 Kidderpore Gardens is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
, NW3
Achilles Road, NW6 Achilles Road is a road in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Achilles Road, NW6
Agamemnon Road, NW6 Agamemnon Road runs from Ajax Road to Hillfield Road (Fortune Green)
Agamemnon Road, NW6
Ajax Road, NW6 Ajax Road was first developed in 1886 (Fortune Green)
Ajax Road, NW6
Aldred Road, NW6 Aldred Road was named after Aldred, Archbishop of York (Fortune Green)
Aldred Road, NW6
Alfred Court, NW6 Alfred Court can be found on Fortune Green Road (Fortune Green)
Alfred Court, NW6
Ardwick Road, NW2 Ardwick Road was named Major Ardwick Burgess who developed the road (Temple Park)
Ardwick Road, NW2
Avenue Mansions, NW3 Avenue Mansions is a street in Hampstead (Fortune Green)
Avenue Mansions, NW3
Ballantrae House, NW2 Ballantrae House can be found on Lyndale (Temple Park)
Ballantrae House, NW2
Berridge Mews, NW6 Berridge Mews is in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Berridge Mews, NW6
Boyd House, NW3 Boyd House is located on Kidderpore Avenue (Hampstead)
Boyd House, NW3
Bracknell Way, NW3 Bracknell Way is a road in the NW3 postcode area (Hampstead)
Bracknell Way, NW3
Buckingham Mansions, NW6 Buckingham Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6 (West Hampstead)
Buckingham Mansions, NW6
Burgess Hill, NW2 Burgess Hill runs off of Finchley Road (Temple Park)
Burgess Hill, NW2
Burrard Road, NW6 Burrard Road runs north from Fortune Green Road (Fortune Green)
Burrard Road, NW6
Cannon Hill, NW6 Cannon Hill is a road in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Cannon Hill, NW6
Carlton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (West Hampstead)
Carlton Mews, NW6
Caulfield House, NW3 Caulfield House is a block on Kidderpore Avenue (Hampstead)
Caulfield House, NW3
Cavendish Mansions, NW6 Cavendish Mansions lie along Mill Lane (West Hampstead)
Cavendish Mansions, NW6
Cholmley Gardens, NW6 Cholmley Gardens is an unofficial road off of Mill Lane, Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Cholmley Gardens, NW6
Clark House, NW3 Clark House is a block on Finchley Road (Hampstead)
Clark House, NW3
Croft Way, NW3 Croft Way is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
Croft Way, NW3
Croftway, NW3 Croftway is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
Croftway, NW3
Durisdeer House, NW2 Durisdeer House is a block on Lyndale (Temple Park)
Durisdeer House, NW2
Ferncroft Avenue, NW3 Ferncroft Avenue is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
Ferncroft Avenue, NW3
Fortune Green Road, NW6 Fortune Green Road is the main road running through Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Fortune Green Road, NW6
Gentler House, NW3 Gentler House is a block on Finchley Road (Hampstead)
Gentler House, NW3
Gondar Gardens, NW6 Gondar Gardens is the westernmost street in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Gondar Gardens, NW6
Harvard Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (West Hampstead)
Harvard Court, NW6
Heartfield House, NW3 Heartfield House is a block on Finchley Road (Hampstead)
Heartfield House, NW3
Heath Drive, NW3 Heath Drive, one of the roads connecting Hampstead with the Finchley Road was originally West Hampstead Avenue (Hampstead)
Heath Drive, NW3
Hillfield Road, NW6 Hillfield Road is named for an old West Hampstead agricultural estate (Fortune Green)
Hillfield Road, NW6
Hocroft Road, NW2 Hocroft Road is a street in Cricklewood (Temple Park)
Hocroft Road, NW2
Holmdale Road, NW6 Holmdale Road runs from Mill Lane to Dennington Park Road in West Hampstead (West Hampstead)
Holmdale Road, NW6
Honeybourne Road, NW6 Honeybourne Road runs between West End Lane and Fawley Road (West Hampstead)
Honeybourne Road, NW6
Ingham Road, NW6 Ingham Road is a street in Hampstead (Fortune Green)
Ingham Road, NW6
Joan Court, NW6 Joan Court is a block on Fortune Green Road (Fortune Green)
Joan Court, NW6
Kidderpore Avenue, NW3 Kidderpore Avenue is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
Kidderpore Avenue, NW3
Lyncroft Gardens, NW6 Lyncroft Gardens is a street in Fortune Green, NW6 (Hampstead)
Lyncroft Gardens, NW6
Lyndale, NW2 Lyndale is just south of Hendon Way (Temple Park)
Lyndale, NW2
Mackellar House, NW2 Mackellar House is sited on Burgess Hill (Temple Park)
Mackellar House, NW2
Marlborough Mansions, NW6 Marlborough Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Marlborough Mansions, NW6
Menelik Road, NW2 Menelik Road runs from Westbere Road to Minster Road (Cricklewood)
Menelik Road, NW2
Mill Lane, NW6 Mill Lane forms the boundary between Fortune Green and West Hampstead (West Hampstead)
Mill Lane, NW6
Mondrian House, NW3 Mondrian House is a block on Platt’s Lane (Hampstead)
Mondrian House, NW3
Nicholson House, NW3 Nicholson House is a block on Finchley Road (Hampstead)
Nicholson House, NW3
Norman Terrace, NW6 Norman Terrace is a street in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Norman Terrace, NW6
Orestes Mews, NW6 Orestes Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Orestes Mews, NW6
Osprey Court, NW6 Osprey Court lies on the Finchley Road (Hampstead)
Osprey Court, NW6
Parsifal Road, NW6 Parsifal Road runs from Finchley Road to Fortune Green Road (Fortune Green)
Parsifal Road, NW6
Penrose Gardens, NW3 Penrose Gardens is a location in London (Hampstead)
Penrose Gardens, NW3
PO Box 4, NW3 Fortune Green Road is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
PO Box 4, NW3
Potter’s Buildings, NW6 Potter’s Buildings or West Cottages were established by Thomas Potter for his workers (West Hampstead)
Potter’s Buildings, NW6
Rackham House, NW3 Rackham House is a block on Kidderpore Avenue (Hampstead)
Rackham House, NW3
Ranulf Road, NW2 Ranulf Road is a street in Cricklewood (Temple Park)
Ranulf Road, NW2
Ranulph Road, NW2 Ranulph Road is a location in London (Temple Park)
Ranulph Road, NW2
Rose Joan Mews, NW6 Rose Joan Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Rose Joan Mews, NW6
Salmon Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (West Hampstead)
Salmon Mews, NW6
Sarre Road, NW2 Sarre Road is a street in Cricklewood (Cricklewood)
Sarre Road, NW2
Studholme Court, NW3 Studholme Court is a street in Hampstead (Hampstead)
Studholme Court, NW3
The Mansions, NW6 The Mansions is a residential block on the north side of Mill Lane (West Hampstead)
The Mansions, NW6
The Octagon 527a, NW3 The Octagon 527a is a location in London (Fortune Green)
The Octagon 527a, NW3
Ulysses Road, NW6 Ulysses Road is one of a series of streets named after the Trojan War (Fortune Green)
Ulysses Road, NW6
Weech Road, NW6 Weech Road is a street in Fortune Green, NW6 (Fortune Green)
Weech Road, NW6
Welbeck Mansions, NW6 Welbeck Mansions, flats notable for their ironwork balconies, were built north of Inglewood Road in 1897 (West Hampstead)
Welbeck Mansions, NW6
Westbere Road, NW2 Westbere Road has been the location for a series of notable schools over the years (Cricklewood)
Westbere Road, NW2

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