Flitcroft

Agricultural Estate in/near Fortune Green, existed between 1626 and 1883

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Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.

At the core of Flitcroft was 28 acres of land left by Rachel Farby in 1626 to a certain William Clark. In 1756, it was bought by an agent for the architect Henry Flitcroft (or Fleetcroft).

Flitcroft farmhouse lay just north of West End Green but the estate was effectively managed by Flitcroft from his house at Frognal Grove, Hampstead.

By 1866, the estate has passed to Mary Ann Porter. The 20 acres north of Fortune Green was sold to the parish for a cemetery in 1874.

The rest of the estate was given over to the builders in the 1880s. Although the name Parsifal Road was approved in 1883, no houses went up there until the 1890s but Hackney or New College, a brick building with majolica dressings designed by W. P. Manning, was built at the eastern end in 1887.

The National Standard Land Mortgage and Investment Co. constructed Ingham and Burrard roads between Fortune Green Road and Finchley Road in 1885 and 64 small terraced houses were constructed there between 1886 and 1892 by Rathbone, Gray, Pulling, Brown, and other builders, while much of the frontage on Fortune Green Road and Finchley Road was covered with houses and shops.

A Congregational church was built at the junction of Burrard Road and Finchley Roads in 1894. Between 1890 and 1897, about 13 larger detached or semi-detached houses were built in Parsifal Road.

A land company was probably also involved in building lower middle-class terraces on the rest of the Flitcroft estate south of the cemetery and west of Fortune Green, where fear of the cemetery outweighed the advantage of adjacent open space.

W. H. Suttle, of Agamemnon Road, was the main builder of 155 houses in Agamemnon, Ajax, Ulysses, and Achilles Roads between 1886 and 1896.


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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:30 GMT   

Kilburn Park - opened 1915
Kilburn Park station was opened at the height of the First World War

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:49 GMT   

A bit of a lift....
Kilburn Park was the first station to be designed around escalators, rather than lifts.

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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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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.

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Graham Margetson   
Added: 9 Feb 2021 14:33 GMT   

I lived at 4 Arkwright Road before it was the school
My parents lived at 4 Arkwright Road. Mrs Goodwin actually owned the house and my parents rented rooms from her.


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GRaleigh   
Added: 23 Feb 2021 09:34 GMT   

Found a bug
Hi all! Thank you for your excellent site. I found an overlay bug on the junction of Glengall Road, NW6 and Hazelmere Road, NW6 on the 1950 map only. It appears when one zooms in at this junction and only on the zoom.

Cheers,
Geoff Raleigh

Source: Glengall Road, NW6

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The Underground Map   
Added: 25 Feb 2021 13:11 GMT   

Glengall Road, NW6
Thanks Geoff!

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Cassandra Green   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 14:34 GMT   

Rudall Crescent, NW3 (- 1999)
I lived at 2 Rudall Crescent until myself and my family moved out in 1999. I once met a lady in a art fair up the road who was selling old photos of the area and was very knowledgeable about the area history, collecting photos over the years. She told me that before the current houses were built, there was a large manor house , enclosed by a large area of land. She told me there had been a fire there. Im trying to piece together the story and find out what was on the land before the crescent was built. This website is very interesting.

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Lived here
   
Added: 10 Dec 2020 23:51 GMT   

Wellgarth Road, NW11
I lived at 15 Wellgarth Road with my parents and family from 1956 until I left home in the 70s and continued to visit my mother there until she moved in the early 80s. On the first day we moved in we kids raced around the garden and immediately discovered an air raid shelter that ran right underneath the house which I assume was added in the run-up to WW2. There was a basement room with its own entrance off the garden and right opposite where the air raid shelter emerged. In no time at all up high near the ceiling of this room, we discovered a door which, while we were little enough, we could enter by standing on some item of furniture, haul ourselves in and hide from the grownups. That room was soundproof enough for us kids to make a racket if we wanted to. But not too loud if my dad was playing billiards in the amazing wood-panelled room immediately above. We had no idea that we were living in such an historical building. To us it was just fun - and home!

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Norman Norrington   
Added: 8 Jun 2021 08:08 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Lived here #40 1942-1967

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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Abbeville Road (1940 street directory)
North west side
1A Clarke A S Ltd, motor engineers
15 Plumbers, Glaziers & Domestic Engineers Union
25 Dixey Edward, florist
27 Vicary Miss Doris J, newsagent
29 Stenning John Andrew, dining rooms
31 Clarke & Williams, builders
33 Hill Mrs Theodora, confectioner
35 Golding W & sons, corn dealers
... here is Shandon road ...
37 Pennington Mrs Eliz Harvie, wine & spirit merchant
39 Westminster Catering Co Ltd, ham, beef & tongue dealers
41 Masters A (Clapham) Ltd, butchers
43 Thomas Euan Ltd, grocers
45 Garrett C T & Co Ltd, undertakers
47 Mayle T & Sons, fishmongers
49 Mayles Ltd, fruiterers
51 & 73 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
53 United Dairies (London) Ltd
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
55 Norris William Lennox, baker
57 Silver Star Laundry Ltd
59 Thorp John, oilman
61 Bidgood Leonard George, boot makers
63 Wilkie Rt Miln, chemist
65 Gander George Albert Isaac, hairdresser
67 Harris Alfred William, greengrocer
69 & 71 Lambert Ernest & Son Ltd, grocers
... here is Hambolt road ...
73 & 51 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
75 Cambourn Frederick, butcher
77 Siggers Clement, chemist
77 Post, Money Order, Telephone Call & Telegraph Office & Savings Bank
79 Hemmings William, baker
... here is Elms road ...
85 Cornish Joseph
91 Bedding Mrs
151 Johnson Mrs H K
157 Robinson Albert Ernest, grainer
173 Yardleys London & Provincial Stores Ltd, wine & spirit merchants
175 Clark Alfred, butcher
175A Morley Douglas Frederick, confectioner
... here is Crescent lane ...
... her is St Alphonsus road ...

South east side
... here is Trouville road ...
4 Bossy Miss, private school
... here are Bonneville gardens ...
24 Osborn Charles Edward, ladies hairdresser
24 Hall H Ltd, builders
24A Walton Lodge Laundry Ltd
... here are Shandon road & Abbeville mansions ...
28 Copley Fred Smith, chemist
30 Finch H G Ltd, laundry
32 Carter William Alfred, furniture dealer
34 Spriggs Charles & Co, wireless supplies dealer
36 Miles Frederick William, confectioner
38 Pitman Frederick, hairdresser
40 Rowe Frederick F, valeting service
42 Modridge Edward J, oilman
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
44 Southorn Albert, butcher
46 Brown Ernest, fruiterer
48 Stanley Mrs A A, confectioner
50 Fryatt Owen, delixatessen store
52 Benbrooks, domestic stores
54 Davis William Clifford, boot repairer
56 Blogg Alfred, newsagent
58 Rowlands Thomas & Sons, dairy
... here are Hambalt, Elms, Franconia, Caldervale & Leppoc roads ...
124 Clarke Frederick, decorator
... here are Crescent lane, Briarwood road & Park hill ...

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Added: 2 Jun 2021 16:58 GMT   

Parachute bomb 1941
Charles Thomas Bailey of 82 Morley Road was killed by the parachute bomb March 1941

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Boo Horton    
Added: 31 May 2021 13:39 GMT   

Angel & Trumpet, Stepney Green
The Angel & Trumpet Public House in Stepney Green was run by my ancestors in the 1930’s. Unfortunately, it was a victim on WWII and was badly damaged and subsequently demolished. I have one photograph that I believe to bethe pub, but it doesn’t show much more that my Great Aunt cleaning the steps.

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MCNALLY    
Added: 17 May 2021 09:42 GMT   

Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
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.
Canterbury House In the last half of the nineteenth century, a white house called Canterbury was built on the then southern fringes of West End.
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.
Cock and Hoop The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
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 lies to the north of the ancient village of West End.
Hackney College The Village Itinerancy Society, a Congregationalist college, was transformed into Hackney Theological Seminary.
Hampstead Cricket Club Hampstead Cricket Club moved to its Lymington Road site in 1877.
Hillfield By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.
Lauriston Lodge Lauriston Lodge, now the site of Dene Mansions, was a large house in West Hampstead.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s) Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.
National School A National School was established in West End during 1844.
New West End New West End was created in the 1840s on the Finchley Road.
Poplar House Poplar House was occupied by one of the first developers of West Hampstead, Thomas Potter.
Potter’s Iron Foundry In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.
Ripley House Jeremy Jepson Ripley built a house and coach house after 1814, with a large garden north of Lauriston Lodge.
Sandwell House Sandwell House was owned by three generations of the Wachter family.
The Black Lion The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
Thorplands Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.
Treherne House Treherne House was built in the mid eighteenth century,
West Cottages, NW6 Cottages in London NW6.
West End Hall West End Hall (once called New West End Hall) was one of the mansions of West End (West Hampstead).
Woodbine Cottage Woodbine Cottage was situated at the south-eastern corner of the Flitcroft estate.

NEARBY STREETS
Achilles Road, NW6 Achilles Road is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Agamemnon Road, NW6 Agamemnon Road runs from Ajax Road to Hillfield Road.
Ajax Road, NW6 Ajax Road was first developed in 1886.
Aldred Road, NW6 Aldred Road was named after Aldred, Archbishop of York.
Alvanley Gardens, NW6 Alvanley Gardens was named after a resident of Frognal Hall.
Avenue Mansions, NW3 Avenue Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Berridge Mews, NW6 Berridge Mews is in Fortune Green, NW6
Beswick Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Bracknell Gardens, NW3 Bracknell Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Bracknell Way, NW3 Bracknell Way is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Brassey Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Broomsleigh Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Buckingham Mansions, NW6 Buckingham Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Burrard Road, NW6 Burrard Road runs north from Fortune Green Road.
Cannon Hill, NW6 Cannon Hill is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Carlton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Cholmley Gardens, NW6 Cholmley Gardens is an unofficial road off of Mill Lane, Fortune Green, NW6
Crediton Hill, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Croft Way, NW3 Croft Way is a street in Hampstead.
Croftway, NW3 Croftway is a street in Hampstead.
Dennington Park Road, NW6 About 1881 Dennington Park Road was constructed on the line of Sweetbriar Walk, the old path to Lauriston Lodge.
Dornfell Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Fawley Road, NW6 Fawley Road connects West End Lane with Crediton Hill.
Fortune Green Road, NW6 Fortune Green Road is the main road running through Fortune Green, NW6
Frognal Lane, NW3 Frognal Lane is a street in Hampstead.
Glastonbury Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Glenbrook Road, NW6 Glenbrook Road lies to the west of West Hampstead.
Greenaway Gardens, NW3 Greenaway Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Harvard Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Heath Drive, NW3 Heath Drive, one of the roads connecting Hampstead with the Finchley Road was originally West Hampstead Avenue.
Hillfield Road, NW6 Hillfield Road is named for an old West Hampstead agricultural estate.
Hillside Court, NW3 Hillside Court is a location in London.
Holmdale Road, NW6 Holmdale Road runs from Mill Lane to Dennington Park Road in West Hampstead.
Honeybourne Road, NW6 Honeybourne Road runs between West End Lane and Fawley Road.
Ingham Road, NW6 Ingham Road is a street in Hampstead.
Inglewood House, NW6 Inglewood House is on the corner of West End Lane and Inglewood Road.
Inglewood Road, NW6 Inglewood Road, NW6 was one of the last roads to be built in West End, West Hampstead.
Kingdon Road, NW6 Kingdon Road connects Sumatra Road and Dennington Park Road.
Langland Crescent, HA7 Langland Crescent is a location in London.
Lymington Road, NW6 Lymington Road is a street in London NW6
Lyncroft Gardens, NW6 Lyncroft Gardens is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Marlborough Mansions, NW6 Marlborough Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Mill Lane, NW6 Mill Lane forms the boundary between Fortune Green and West Hampstead.
Minton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Narcissus Road, NW6 Narcissus Road lies in London NW6
Norman Terrace, NW6 Norman Terrace is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Oakhill Avenue, NW3 Oakhill Avenue is a street in Hampstead.
Orestes Mews, NW6 Orestes Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Osprey Court 256-258a, NW3 Osprey Court 256-258a is a location in London.
Palace Court, NW3 Palace Court is a street in Hampstead.
Pandora Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Parsifal Road, NW6 Parsifal Road runs from Finchley Road to Fortune Green Road.
Ravenshaw Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Rose Joan Mews, NW6 Rose Joan Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Salmon Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Sandwell Crescent, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Solent Road, NW6 Solent Road is a street in West Hampstead.
Spode Walk, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Studholme Court, NW3 Studholme Court is a street in Hampstead.
Sumatra Road, NW6 Sumatra Road, NW6 dates from the 1870s.
The Mansions, NW6 The Mansions is a residential block on the north side of Mill Lane.
The Octagon 527a, NW3 The Octagon 527a is a location in London.
Ulysses Road, NW6 Ulysses Road is one of a series of streets named after the Trojan War.
Weech Road, NW6 Weech Road is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Welbeck Mansions, NW6 Welbeck Mansions, flats notable for their ironwork balconies, were built north of Inglewood Road in 1897.
West Cottages, NW6 West Cottages is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Worcester Mews, NW3 Street/road in London NW6
Worcester Mews, NW6 Worcester Mews is a location in London.

NEARBY PUBS
Alice House What is now the Alice House has been through a number of incarnations since it was built in the early 1900s.
Cock and Hoop The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
Hampstead Cricket Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Alliance This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Black Lion The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
The Black Lion This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Lower Ground Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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.

The name of Fortune Green is derived from foran-tune meaning in front of the tun, probably an inn in the area.

Originally Fortune Green was a patch of manorial waste, now in the north of the ward, where local residents had the right to graze animals, dig turf and play sports. The Green dwindled considerably in the 19th century when the lord of the manor granted enclosure rights for about a third of the area.

Lying on the south-west side of the Finchley Road, Hampstead town council decided to build its overflow cemetery here in the 1840s.

The arrival of the Midland Railway in 1871 brought rapid development and many large houses were demolished in favour of higher density buildings. Victorian residential buildings display considerable variety in their design and detail and there are a number of large distinctive red brick mansion blocks, most of which have remained unaltered.


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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Victorian art work
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Kilburn Grange Park
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In the neighbourhood...

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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Victorian art work
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Parsifal Road, NW6 was approved in 1883. Between 1890 and 1897, thirteen large detached and semi-detached houses were built in the road in a distinctive Hampstead fin-de-siècle style.
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Cannon Hill is in the Fortune Green area of West Hampstead. EJ Cave, one of the district’s most prominent Victorian builders, built the Cannon Hill estate where Marlborough, Buckingham and Avenue Mansions were built in the triangle formed by Cannon Hill, Finchley Road, and West End Lane in 1896-1900.
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Houses in Dennington Park Road
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Honeybourne Road is a road in West Hampstead. It is known locally for its rare Edward VII postbox near its junction with West End Lane.
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