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Balham is a neighbourhood in inner South London.

Balham is now a suburb possessing many well-built Victorian terraced houses now highly valued as family homes.

It has been settled since Saxon times and large country retreats for the affluent classes were built here in the eighteenth century,. However, most development occurred after the opening of Balham station in 1856.

Balham is situated between four south London Commons, Clapham Common to the north, Wandsworth common to the west, Tooting Graveney Common to the south, and the adjoining Tooting Bec Common to the east - the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth council and most local people as Tooting Common. These give it a green feel and a distinct boundary that makes it stand out as a district in the area.

It possesses a railway to tube interchange (the origin of the phrase "Balham-Gateway to the South" was reputedly a genuine Southern Railway advertisement from the 1926 opening of the tube station). The stations connect Balham easily and quickly to both the City of London and the West End. All this has combined to make it a popular location and property prices have soared as middle class professionals have moved in displacing the more working class feel the district had up until the 1970s.


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Added: 1 Jun 2021 12:41 GMT   

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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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Born here
jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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Born here
Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

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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Matthew Moggridge ([email protected])   
Added: 1 Sep 2021 10:38 GMT   

Lord Chatham’s Ride (does it even exist?)
Just to say that I cycled from my home in Sanderstead to Knockholt Pound at the weekend hoping to ride Lord Chatham’s Ride, but could I find it? No. I rode up Chevening Lane, just past the Three Horseshoes pub and when I reached the end of the road there was a gate and a sign reading "Private, No Entry". I assumed this was the back entrance to Chevening House, country retreat of the Foreign Secretary, and that Lord Chatham’s Ride was inside the grounds. At least that’s what I’m assuming as I ended up following a footpath that led me into some woods with loads of rooted pathways, all very annoying. Does Lord Chatham’s Ride exist and if so, can I ride it, or is it within the grounds of Chevening House and, therefore, out of bounds? Here’s an account of my weekend ride with images, see URL below.

Source: No Visible Lycra: Lord Chatham’s ride: a big disappointmen

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norma brown   
Added: 20 Aug 2021 21:12 GMT   

my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
my home

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Ruth   
Added: 6 Aug 2021 13:31 GMT   

Cheltenham Road, SE15
Harris Girls’ Academy, in Homestall Road, just off Cheltenham Road, was formerly Waverley School. Before that it was built as Honor Oak Girls’ Grammar School. It was also the South London Emergency School during WW2,taking girls from various schools in the vicinity, including those returning from being evacuated.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Balham Balham is a neighbourhood in inner South London.

THE STREETS OF BALHAM
Adelina Mews, SW12 Adelina Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Airedale Road, SW12 Airedale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Alderbrook Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Alderbrook School, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Anfield Close, SW12 Anfield Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Arthur Road, SW12 Arthur Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Atkins Road, SW12 Atkins Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Badminton Road, SW12 Badminton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Baldwin Road, SW12 A street within the SW11 postcode
Balham Grove, SW12 Balham Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham High Road, SW12 Balham High Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Hill, SW12 Balham Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham New Road, SW12 Balham New Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Park Road, SW12 Balham Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Station Road, SW12 Balham Station Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ballingdon Road, SW11 Ballingdon Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Base Hammersmith, SW12 Base Hammersmith is a street in Hammersmith.
Basilica Mews, SW12 Basilica Mews is a location in London.
Bedford Hill, SW12 Bedford Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Beira Street, SW12 Beira Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Bellamy Street, SW12 Bellamy Street is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Belthorn Crescent, SW12 Belthorn Crescent is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Birchlands Avenue, SW12 Birchlands Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Blandfield Road, SW12 Blandfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Blenkarne Road, SW12 Blenkarne Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Boundaries Road, SW12 Boundaries Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Bowling Green Square, SE11 Bowling Green Square is a location in London.
Bracken Avenue, SW12 Bracken Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Broxash Road, SW11 Broxash Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Burnbury Road, SW12 Burnbury Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Bushey Down, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Bushnell Road, SW17 Bushnell Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Byrne Road, SW12 Byrne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Caistor Mews, SW12 Caistor Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Caistor Road, SW12 Caistor Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Calbourne Road, SW12 Calbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cambray Road, SW12 Cambray Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cathles Road, SW12 Cathles Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cavendish Road, SW12 Cavendish Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Chestnut Grove School, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Chestnut Grove, SW12 Chestnut Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
CLARENCE MEWS, SW12 CLARENCE MEWS is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Clavering Place, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Copthorne Avenue, SW12 Copthorne Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cornford Grove, SW12 Cornford Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cornforoad Grove, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Culverden Road, SW12 Culverden Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Dagnan Road, SW12 Dagnan Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Denning Mews, SW12 Denning Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Dinsmore Road, SW12 Dinsmore Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Doctor Johnson Avenue, SW17 Samuel Johnson lived at a villa called Streatham Place, immediately southeast of the site of the avenue, from 1766 to 1782.
Dornton Road, SW12 Dornton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Duchess Court, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Earlsthorpe Mews, SW12 Earlsthorpe Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Elmbourne Road, SW17 Elmbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Emmanuel Road, SW12 Emmanuel Road is named after Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Emmanuel Road, SW12 Emmanuel Road is a road in the SW16 postcode area
Endlesham Road, SW12 Endlesham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Englewood Road, SW12 Englewood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Englewood Road, SW12 Englewood Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Ethelbert Street, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Fernbank Mews, SW12 Fernbank Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Fernlea Road, SW12 Fernlea Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Fieldhouse Road, SW12 Fieldhouse Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Florence Way, SW12 Florence Way is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Fontenoy Road, SW12 Fontenoy Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Freepost, SW12 Free post is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Gaskarth Road, SW12 Gaskarth Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Gateway House, SW12 Gateway House is in Balham Hill.
Gayville Road, SW12 Gayville Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Gayville Road, SW12 Gayville Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Gosberton Road, SW12 Gosberton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Grange Mills, SW12 Grange Mills is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Griffin Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Harberson Road, SW12 Harberson Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hazelbourne Road, SW12 Hazelbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hearnville Road, SW12 Hearnville Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hendrick Avenue, SW12 Hendrick Avenue is a street in London
Heslop Road, SW12 Heslop Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hildreth Street Market, SW12 Hildreth Street Market is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Hildreth Street Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Hildreth Street, SW12 Hildreth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hillbury Road, SW12 Hillbury Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Hillbury Road, SW17 Hillbury Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Hillgate Place, SW12 Hillgate Place is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Holbeach Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Honeybrook Road, SW12 Honeybrook Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hydethorpe Road, SW12 Hydethorpe Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Irene House, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
James’s Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Joseph Powell Close, SW12 Joseph Powell Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Kenilford Road, SW12 This is a street in the SW12 postcode area
Kenilford, SW12 Kenilford is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Laitwood Road, SW12 Laitwood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lammermoor Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Larch Close, SW12 Larch Close is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Leacroft Avenue, SW12 Leacroft Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Liberty Mews, SW12 Liberty Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Linnet Mews, SW12 Linnet Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lochinvar Street, SW12 Lochinvar Street is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Lynn Road, SW12 Lynn Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lysias Road, SW12 Lysias Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Malwood Road, SW12 Malwood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Manchuria Road, SW11 Manchuria Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Manygates, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Margaret Rutherford Place, SW12 Margaret Rutherford Place is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Marmion House, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Martindale Road, SW12 Martindale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Mayford Road, SW12 Mayford Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Molly Huggins Close, SW12 Molly Huggins Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Nightin, SW12 Nightin is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Nightingale Lane, SW12 Nightingale Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Nightingale Lane, SW12 Nightingale Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Nightingale Square, SW12 Nightingale Square is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Norgrove Street, SW12 Norgrove Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Old Devonshire Road, SW12 Old Devonshire Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Oldacre Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Osward Road, SW12 Osward Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Ouseley Road, SW12 Ouseley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Parkthorne Road, SW12 Parkthorne Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Pentney Road, SW12 Pentney Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Pickets Street, SW12 Pickets Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Queensville Road, SW12 Queensville Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Radbourne Road, SW12 Radbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ramsden Road, SW12 Ramsden Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ravenslea Road, SW12 Ravenslea Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ravenstone Street, SW12 Ravenstone Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Rinaldo Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Roseneath Road, SW12 Roseneath Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Roseneath Road, SW12 Roseneath Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Rossiter Road, SW12 Rossiter Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Rowfant Mansions, SW12 Rowfant Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Rusham Road, SW12 Rusham Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Ryde Vale Road, SW12 Ryde Vale Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Sanderstead Close, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Sarsfeld Road, SW12 Sarsfeld Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Scholars Road, SW12 Scholars Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Scrutton Close, SW12 Scrutton Close runs south off of Atkins Road.
Shipka Road, SW12 Shipka Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Sistona Road, SW12 Sistona Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Sistova Road, SW12 Sistova Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
St James’s Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Stable Yard 16a, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Station Parade, SW12 Station Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Stone Stairs, SW12 Stone Stairs is a road in the E1W postcode area
Sudbrooke Road, SW12 Sudbrooke Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Sumburgh Road, SW4 A street within the SW12 postcode
Tantallon Road, SW12 Tantallon Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Telferscot Road, SW12 Telferscot Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Temperley Road, SW12 Temperley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
The Hub Buildings, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Thornton Gardens, SW12 Thornton Gardens is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thurleigh Avenue, SW12 Thurleigh Avenue is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thurleigh Court, SW12 Thurleigh Court is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thurleigh Road, SW12 Thurleigh Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Verran Road, SW12 Verran Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Weir Road, SW12 Weir Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Westbury Parade, SW12 Westbury Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Western Lane, SW12 Western Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Westlands Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Wimborne House, SW12 Residential block
Yukon Road, SW12 Yukon Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Zennor Road Industrial Estate, SW12 Zennor Road Industrial Estate was built in the late 1970s.
Zennor Road, SW12 Zennor Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.

THE PUBS OF BALHAM
Balham Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Gazette Balham This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Hagen & Hyde This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Moon under Water This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Bedford This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Devonshire This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Regent 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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Brudenell Road (1900)
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St Johns Road, SW11
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