Waldegrave Road, TW11

Road in/near Queen’s Park, existing between the 1750s and now

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Waldegrave Road is named after Frances Waldegrave and was the birthplace of Sir Noël Coward.

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Waldegrave Road was named after Frances Waldegrave, the widow of the 7th Earl Waldegrave who lived at Strawberry Hill House, situated on the road in the 19th century.

The road is split into two sections - a Teddington (TW11) part and a Twickenham (TW1) section. The Teddington part of Waldegrave Road is noted for late Victorian semi-detached villas.

This road, connecting Teddington with Strawberry Hill, was at first known as Fry’s Lane. In the early nineteenth century it became Factory Lane after Alexander Barclay built a wax manufacturing factory in 1800. After the death of Frances, Lady Waldegrave, in 1879, the name changed to its modern form.

Following enclosure at the beginning of the nineteenth century, a large pond covered the south west part of the road at the centre of Teddington. Elmfield House on the corner of Waldegrave Road and the High Street was built about 1700.

In 1863, a new railway track was built through the site of the pond. A road bridge was constructed to reunite the two parts of Teddington that had been separated by the railway. Several properties were built on the bridge approach, known as Bridge Place, and let to commercial tenants.

Teddington Library was completed in 1906 and now Grade II Listed. This was one of 660 libraries in the UK financed by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-Canadian philanthropist.

82 Waldegrave Road, now the Waldegrave Clinic, was home to the mountaineer Edward Whymper, who in 1865 was the first person to climb the Matterhorn. The expedition ended in tragedy when three of his team were killed on the descent.

At 131 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Sir Noël Peirce Coward was born in 1899. It is marked by a blue plaque. Number 131 was formerly numbered 5 and the house was informally known as ’Helmsdale’.

Noël’s parents, Arthur and Violet had lived at Helmsdale since their marriage in 1890. Noël was christened at the house in February 1900 but the family left in 1901: "An unpretentious abode/ Which, I believe,/ Economy forced us to leave/ In rather a hurry" wrote Noël Coward many years later. After living locally, the family left Teddington altogether in 1904. In 1917 they moved to Ebury Street, SW1 where Violet Coward took on a boarding house.

Sir Noël Coward attended a dance academy as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works, screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance and a three-volume autobiography.

At the outbreak of the Second World War Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris before the French occupation. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama In Which We Serve and was knighted in 1969.

Sir Noel died in 1973.




Main source: Noël Coward | Actor, Playwright & Songwriter | Blue Plaques | English Heritage
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Prefabs!
The "post-war detached houses" mentioned in the description were "prefabs" - self-contained single-storey pre-fabricated dwellings. Demolition of houses on the part that became Senegal Fields was complete by 1964 or 1965.

Source: Prefabs in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

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Lord Chatham’s Ride (does it even exist?)
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my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
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Cambridge Road, TW11 Cambridge Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
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Cherrywood Court, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
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Church Grove Passage, TW11 Church Grove Passage is a road in the TW11 postcode area
Church Lane, TW11 Church Lane is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Church Road, TW11 Church Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Church Street, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
Claremont Road, TW11 Claremont Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Clavering Close, TW1 Clavering Close is a location in London.
Clifton road, TW11 Clifton road is a road in the TW11 postcode area
Cusack Close, TW1 Cusack Close is a location in London.
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Elfin Lodge, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
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Elmtree Road, TW11 Elmtree Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
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Grove Terrace, TW11 Grove Terrace runs north from The Grove.
Hall Court, TW11 Hall Court is a road in the TW11 postcode area
Hampton Road, TW11 Hampton Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Henry Peters Drive, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
High Street, TW11 High Street is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Knaggs House, TW11 Residential block
Latimer Road, TW11 Latimer Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Linden Grove, TW11 Linden Grove is a road in the TW11 postcode area
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Luther Road, TW11 Luther Road is a road in the TW11 postcode area
Noel Square, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
Oakhurst Close, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
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Printers Mews, TW11 Printers Mews is a location in London.
Railway Road, TW11 Railway Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Regina Court, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
Somerset Gardens, TW11 Somerset Gardens is a road in the TW11 postcode area
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Springfield Road, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
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Traherne Lodge, TW11 A street within the TW11 postcode
Tring Court, TW1 Tring Court is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Vicarage Road, TW11 Vicarage Road replaced a vicarage which was situated here.
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Westminster Close, TW11 Westminster Close is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Woodville Close, TW11 Woodville Close is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
York Road, TW11 York Road is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.

NEARBY PUBS
Horse and Groom The Horse and Groom was situated at 11 Waldegrave Road.
Teddington Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Teddington Constitutional Club Ltd This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Abercorn Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Clock House Pub This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Masons Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Waldegrave Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 1900–05, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools – some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past – are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.


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The Horse and Groom, Teddington. This pub was situated at the southern end of Waldegrave Road between the 1870s and 1996.
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