Westbourne House

Large house in/near Royal Oak, existing until 1836.

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Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...

The largest of the five main houses at Westbourne Green in the 1830s was Westbourne Place or Westbourne House, which was rebuilt in 1745 by the architect Isaac Ware as an elegant Georgian mansion of three storeys with a frontage of nine windows divided into three parts.

The central third was topped by a large pediment and contained the main door, which also had a pediment over it. The lower two storeys were formed into bays at each end, which contained three windows each. Amongst the well-known residents of this house were Sir William Yorke, baronet; the Venetian ambassador; the architect Samuel Pepys Cockerell (a great great nephew of the diarist Samuel Pepys); and the General Commander in Chief of the Army, Viscount Hill, who left in 1836 (and who gave his name to the modern road bridge north of Westbourne Grove called Lord Hill's Bridge).

The house was demolished in 1836 to make way for the houses and gardens of what is now Westbourne Park Villas.

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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

Lived here
Added: 22 Aug 2023 12:31 GMT   

Hampden Street, W2
My great great grandparents William and Hannah Playford lived at 60 Hampden Street from the mid 1880s when they moved from rural poverty in Norfolk to inner city hardship in Paddington and where all their children were born. My great grandfather was a road sweeper and sold cat meat. They had seven children in all, of whom five survived infancy: three boys who all volunteered for the army at the outbreak of WW1 and miraculously returned via Salonika, France and a German POW camp; and two daughters, the eldest of whom was my great grandmother, Annie Playford b 1888. She had an illegitimate daughter in 1910, my grandmother Hilda Sarah Catherine. She brought her up singlehandedly and assumed a false married name to conceal her (then socially unacceptable) status as a single mother. In fact she never married and would never tell my grandmother anything about her father. Because of her longevity (she died in 1986) I remember Annie very well. As a child I perceived her as grumpy, uncommunicative, unsocial and a voracious eater. Of course as an adult I realised this was borne from pride loneliness, ill health, a grim determination to survive, and hunger. Somehow she did survive on her own as a single parent, despite lack of family support and serious deprivation. She worked three back breaking menial cleaning jobs over many years to make ends meet. With the advent of DNA I now know the identity of my grandmother’s father which she always dearly wished to know herself. She used to ask her mother if she loved her. The answer: "I kept you, didn’t I?" In the context of the times, I think that says it all. I only wish nanny was still here so that I could tell her all about her father.



Added: 28 Feb 2024 13:52 GMT   

New Inn Yard, E1
My great grandparents x 6 lived in New Inn Yard. On this date, their son was baptised in nearby St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch

Source: BDM London, Cripplegate and Shoreditch registers written by church clerk.

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.


Bridge House Canal side house in Westbourne Park
Bridge House
Desborough Lodge Desborough Lodge was a house which was one of five grand houses in the village of Westbourne Green.
Desborough Lodge
Harrow Road bridge Harrow Road once spanned the River Westbourne at this point.
Harrow Road bridge
Kilburn Aqueduct Some way from the area now called Kilburn, the Kilburn Aqueduct of the Grand Union Canal spanned the River Westbourne.
Kilburn Aqueduct
Queen’s Cinema This cinema was situated at the top of Queensway, on the corner of Bishop’s Bridge Road.
Queen’s Cinema
River Westbourne The Westbourne is one of the lost rivers of London.
River Westbourne
Royal Oak Royal Oak is a station on the Hammersmith and City Line, between Westbourne Park and Paddington stations, and is the least used station on the Hammersmith and City line.
Royal Oak
Spotted Dog The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.
Spotted Dog
Westbourne Farm Westbourne Farm - an old farm with a theatrical connection.
Westbourne Farm
Westbourne Green The story of the building of a suburb.
Westbourne Green
Westbourne House Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...
Westbourne House
Westbourne Lodge Westbourne Lodge appeared in one of the earliest photographs in London.
Westbourne Lodge

Admiral Walk, W9 Admiral Walk is a street in Maida Vale (Westbourne Green)
Admiral Walk, W9
Africa House, W2 Africa House is a block on Blomfield Villas (Paddington)
Africa House, W2
Alexander Mews, W2 Alexander Mews is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Alexander Mews, W2
Alexander Street, W2 Alexander Street was built in 1853 by Alexander Hall of Watergate House, Sussex. (Westbourne Green)
Alexander Street, W2
Alfred Road, W2 Alfred Road is the last survivor of a set of Victorian streets (Westbourne Green)
Alfred Road, W2
Arthur Court, W2 Arthur Court is at the north-west end of Queensway (Westbourne Green)
Arthur Court, W2
Barnard Lodge, W9 Barnard Lodge is a street in Maida Vale (Westbourne Green)
Barnard Lodge, W9
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 Bishop’s Bridge Road, now a main thoroughfare, began life as a footpath (Paddington)
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2
Blomfield Mews, W2 Blomfield Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Blomfield Mews, W2
Blomfield Villas, W2 Blomfield Villas is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Blomfield Villas, W2
Bourne Terrace, W2 Bourne Terrace is part of the Warwick Estate in Paddington and has 38 properties. (Westbourne Green)
Bourne Terrace, W2
Brecon House, W2 Brecon House is a block on Cleveland Terrace (Paddington)
Brecon House, W2
Brewers Court, W2 Brewers’ Court was finished in 1976 (Paddington)
Brewers Court, W2
Bridgewater House, W2 Bridgewater House is a building on Cleveland Terrace (Paddington)
Bridgewater House, W2
Bridstow Place, W2 Bridstow Place is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Bridstow Place, W2
Brindley Street, W2 Brindley Street was once one of the poorest streets in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Brindley Street, W2
Brinklow House, W2 Brinklow House is a block on Torquay Street (Westbourne Green)
Brinklow House, W2
Brunel House, W2 Brunel House is a block on Westbourne Terrace (Paddington)
Brunel House, W2
Burdett Mews, W2 Burdett Mews is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Burdett Mews, W2
Caernarvon House, W2 The 1955-built Caernarvon House is on the Hallfield Estate (Paddington)
Caernarvon House, W2
Celbridge Mews, W2 Celbridge Mews is a street in Paddington (Royal Oak)
Celbridge Mews, W2
Chepstow Road, W2 Chepstow Road is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Chepstow Road, W2
Chichester Road, W2 Chichester Road is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Chichester Road, W2
Chilworth Court, W2 Chilworth Court is a block on Gloucester Terrace (Paddington)
Chilworth Court, W2
Cirencester Street, W2 Cirencester Street came about in the 1860s but was shortened when the Warwick Estate was built (Westbourne Green)
Cirencester Street, W2
Clarendon Crescent, W2 Clarendon Crescent was said to be the longest road in London without a turning (Westbourne Green)
Clarendon Crescent, W2
Cleveland Court, W2 Cleveland Court is a block on Leinster Gardens (Paddington)
Cleveland Court, W2
Cleveland Gardens, W2 Cleveland Gardens is a short stretch of road behind Cleveland Square (Paddington)
Cleveland Gardens, W2
Cleveland Terrace, W2 Cleveland Terrace is a street in Paddington (Paddington)
Cleveland Terrace, W2
Clifton Villas, W9 Clifton Villas is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clifton Villas, W9
Cloucester Mews West, W2 Cloucester Mews West is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Cloucester Mews West, W2
Compass House, W2 Compass House is a block on Redan Place (Bayswater)
Compass House, W2
Delamere Terrace, W2 Delamere Terrace runs beside the Grand Union Canal towpath (Little Venice)
Delamere Terrace, W2
Desborough Close, W2 Desborough Close was named after Desborough House which was demolished in the 19th century (Westbourne Green)
Desborough Close, W2
Elsie Lane Court, W2 Elsie Lane Court is a block on Elsie Lane Court (Westbourne Green)
Elsie Lane Court, W2
Enterprise House, W2 Enterprise House is located on Westbourne Terrace (Paddington)
Enterprise House, W2
Foscote Mews, W9 This is a street in the W9 postcode area (Westbourne Green)
Foscote Mews, W9
Gaydon House, W2 Gaydon House is a 21-storey block containing 125 dwellings (Royal Oak)
Gaydon House, W2
George Lowe Court, W2 George Lowe Court is a block on George Lowe Court (Westbourne Green)
George Lowe Court, W2
Gloucester Gardens, W2 Gloucester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Gloucester Gardens, W2
Gloucester Terrace, W2 Gloucester Terrace is an 1850s development (Paddington)
Gloucester Terrace, W2
Hampden Street, W2 Hampden Street is a now demolished street (Westbourne Green)
Hampden Street, W2
Harrow Road, W2 Harrow Road is one of the main arterial roads of London, leading northwest out of the capital (Little Venice)
Harrow Road, W2
Hatherley Court, W2 Hatherley Court is a 1930s block (Westbourne Green)
Hatherley Court, W2
Hatherley Grove, W2 Hatherley Grove is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Hatherley Grove, W2
Holy Trinity House, W2 Holy Trinity House is a building on Orsett Terrace (Paddington)
Holy Trinity House, W2
Hunter Lodge, W9 Hunter Lodge is a street in Maida Vale (Westbourne Green)
Hunter Lodge, W9
Hurlingham House, W2 Hurlingham House is sited on Westbourne Terrace Road (Paddington)
Hurlingham House, W2
Inver Court, W2 Inver Court can be found on Inver Court (Bayswater)
Inver Court, W2
Kildare Terrace, W2 Kildare Terrace is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Kildare Terrace, W2
Kingdom Street, W2 Kingdom Street is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Kingdom Street, W2
Lister Lodge, W9 Lister Lodge is a street in Maida Vale (Westbourne Green)
Lister Lodge, W9
Lord Hills Road, W2 Lord Hill’s Road was at first called Ranelagh Road (Westbourne Green)
Lord Hills Road, W2
Moulsford House, W2 Moulsford House is a block on Westbourne Park Road (Westbourne Green)
Moulsford House, W2
Newton Mews, W2 Newton Mews is shown on the 1900 map (Bayswater)
Newton Mews, W2
Newton Road, W2 William Kinnaird Jenkins laid out Newton Road in 1846 (Westbourne Green)
Newton Road, W2
Oldbury House, W2 Oldbury House is a shopping parade along the Harrow Road with accommodation above, part of the Warwick Estate development (Westbourne Green)
Oldbury House, W2
Orsett Mews, W2 Orsett Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Orsett Mews, W2
Orsett Terrace, W2 Orsett Terrace combined with Orsett Place to form one street in Paddington (Paddington)
Orsett Terrace, W2
Pembroke House, W2 Pembroke House can be found on Hallfield Estate (Paddington)
Pembroke House, W2
Pickering House, W2 Pickering House is a block on Hallfield Estate (Paddington)
Pickering House, W2
Pickering Mews, W2 Pickering Mews is a street in Paddington (Bayswater)
Pickering Mews, W2
Pickering Place, W2 Pickering Place eventually became the northern section of Queensway (Bayswater)
Pickering Place, W2
Pickering Terrace, W2 Pickering Terrace was later part of Porchester Road (Bayswater)
Pickering Terrace, W2
Polesworth House, W2 Polesworth House is a block on Alfred Road (Westbourne Green)
Polesworth House, W2
Polperro House, W2 Polperro House is a block on Westbourne Park Road (Westbourne Green)
Polperro House, W2
Porchester Road, W2 Porchester Road has existed under a series of names since at least the 1750s (Royal Oak)
Porchester Road, W2
Porchester Square, W2 Begun in 1850 and completed between 1855 and 1858, Porchester Square was one of the last areas of Bayswater to be built. (Royal Oak)
Porchester Square, W2
Porchester Terrace North, W2 Porchester Terrace North is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Porchester Terrace North, W2
Princethorpe House, W2 Princethorpe House is a block on Woodchester Square (Westbourne Green)
Princethorpe House, W2
Ralph Court, W2 Ralph Court backed Peter’s Court in Porchester Road (Bayswater)
Ralph Court, W2
Ranelagh Bridge, W2 Ranelagh Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Ranelagh Bridge, W2
Redan House, W2 Residential block (Bayswater)
Redan House, W2
Rowington Close, W2 Rowington Close probably dates from 1962 (Westbourne Green)
Rowington Close, W2
Senior Street, W2 Senior Street has a long history of over 150 years (Westbourne Green)
Senior Street, W2
St Stephen’s Gardens, W2 St Stephen’s Gardens is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
St Stephen’s Gardens, W2
Swanleys, W2 Swanleys was built east of St Stephen’s Church in 1978 (Westbourne Green)
Swanleys, W2
Tenby House, W2 Tenby House is a block on Cleveland Gardens (Paddington)
Tenby House, W2
The Battleship Building, W2 The Battleship Building is a block on Harrow Road (Little Venice)
The Battleship Building, W2
The Colonnades, W2 The Colonnades is in Porchester Square (Royal Oak)
The Colonnades, W2
The Toll House, W2 The Toll House is a block on Delamere Terrace (Little Venice)
The Toll House, W2
Torquay Street, W2 Torquay Street underwent name changes and building changes (Westbourne Green)
Torquay Street, W2
Trinity Court, W2 Trinity Court is a block on Gloucester Terrace (Paddington)
Trinity Court, W2
Warwick Avenue, W2 Warwick Avenue is split between the W2 and W9 postcodes (Little Venice)
Warwick Avenue, W2
Warwick Crescent, W2 Warwick Crescent lies along a southern edge of the Little Venice Pool (Little Venice)
Warwick Crescent, W2
Warwick Place, W9 Warwick Place is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Warwick Place, W9
Waverley Road, W2 Waverley Road, now gone, lasted just over a hundred years (Westbourne Green)
Waverley Road, W2
Westbourne Court, W2 Westbourne Court stood at the corner of Orsett Terrace and Westbourne Terrace by 1938 (Paddington)
Westbourne Court, W2
Westbourne Gardens, W2 Westbourne Gardens is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Westbourne Gardens, W2
Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 Runs north from Westbourne Grove (Westbourne Green)
Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2
Westbourne Grove, W2 Westbourne Grove began its existence as a footpath (Bayswater)
Westbourne Grove, W2
Westbourne Park Road, W2 Houses at the Paddington end of Westbourne Park Road date from the 1850s (Westbourne Green)
Westbourne Park Road, W2
Westbourne Park Villas, W2 Westbourne Park Villas is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Westbourne Park Villas, W2
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2 Westbourne Terrace Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2
Westbourne Terrace Road, W2 Westbourne Terrace Road is a street located in Little Venice that connects Blomfield Road in the north and Westbourne Bridge in the south. (Little Venice)
Westbourne Terrace Road, W2
Westmont Court, W2 Westmont Court is located on Monmouth Road (Bayswater)
Westmont Court, W2
Westway, W2 At its opening, Westway was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain (Little Venice)
Westway, W2
Wilmcote House, W2 Wilmcote House is sited on Woodchester Square (Westbourne Green)
Wilmcote House, W2
Woodchester Square, W2 Woodchester Square is a street in Paddington (Westbourne Green)
Woodchester Square, W2
Woodchester Street, W2 Woodchester Street disappeared from the map in 1961 (Westbourne Green)
Woodchester Street, W2
Worcester House, W2 Worcester House is a block on Unnamed Road (Paddington)
Worcester House, W2

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