Westway, W2

Motorway in/near Little Venice, existing between the 1970s and now.

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At its opening, Westway was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain.

The motorway was built to form a link from Paddington to Ringway 1, the innermost circuit of the London Ringways network, part of a complex and comprehensive plan for a network of high speed roads circling and radiating out from central London designed to manage and control the flow of traffic within the capital.

This plan had developed from early schemes prior to the Second World War through Patrick Abercrombie’s County of London Plan, 1943 and Greater London Plan, 1944 to a 1960s Greater London Council scheme that would have involved the construction of many miles of motorway standard roads across the city and demolition on a massive scale. Due to the huge construction costs and widespread public opposition, most of the scheme was cancelled in 1973 and the Westway, the West Cross Route and East Cross Route in east London were the only significant parts to be built.

The route of the Westway was chosen to follow the easiest path from Western Avenue to Paddington by following the route of existing railway lines. Passing an eight lane elevated motorway through densely populated North Kensington, though, involved the clearance of a large number of buildings adjacent to the railway, particularly in the area west of Westbourne Park, where many roads were unceremoniously truncated or demolished to make way for the concrete structures.

The road was constructed with many advanced features, such as heating grids on slopes to control the formation of ice. It was planned and constructed in an era before environmental impacts were routinely considered, and it caused much controversy at the time for the effects it and the vehicles it carried had upon the local community and the environment. After completion a vast corridor of wasteland remained below the motorway.




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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

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Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vicker Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

Ellen Place, E1
My mother’s father and his family lived at 31 Ellen Place London E1 have a copy of the 1911 census showing this

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Added: 10 Jun 2024 19:31 GMT   

Toll gate Close
Did anyone live at Toll Gate Close, which was built in the area where the baths had been?

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Charles Black   
Added: 24 May 2024 12:54 GMT   

Middle Row, W10
Middle Row was notable for its bus garage, home of the number 7.

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Added: 2 May 2024 16:14 GMT   

Farm Place, W8
The previous name of Farm Place was Ernest St (no A)

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

Frank Whipple Place, E14
Frank was my great-uncle, I’d often be ’babysat’ by Peggy while Nan and Dad went to the pub. Peggy was a marvel, so full of life. My Dad and Frank didn’t agree on most politics but everyone in the family is proud of him. A genuinely nice, knowledgable bloke. One of a kind.

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Harrow Road bridge Harrow Road once spanned the River Westbourne at this point.
Harrow Road bridge
Hyett’s hand-drawn 1807 map William Hyett produced an amazingly accurate map of the London countryside in 1807, using just pen and paper.
Hyett’s hand-drawn 1807 map
Kilburn Aqueduct Some way from the area now called Kilburn, the Kilburn Aqueduct of the Grand Union Canal spanned the River Westbourne.
Kilburn Aqueduct
Paddington Fire Station Paddington Fire Station was situated at 492-498 Edgware Road.
Paddington Fire Station
Paddington Green Children’s Hospital The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883.
Paddington Green Children’s Hospital
River Westbourne The Westbourne is one of the lost rivers of London.
River Westbourne
Warwick Avenue Warwick Avenue is an area, street and a Bakerloo Line tube station near Little Venice.
Warwick Avenue

NEARBY STREETS
Aberdeen Court, W9 Aberdeen Court is a block on Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Aberdeen Court, W9
Aberdeen Place, NW8 Aberdeen Place was built on the site of a farm once owned by John Lyon, who founded Harrow School in 1571. (St John’s Wood)
Aberdeen Place, NW8
Adpar Street, W2 Adpar Street is a street in Paddington (Edgware Road)
Adpar Street, W2
Africa House, W2 Africa House is a block on Blomfield Villas (Paddington)
Africa House, W2
Alexandra Court, W9 Alexandra Court is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Alexandra Court, W9
Amberley Mews, W9 Amberley Mews starred as Tom Riley’s home in the 1950 movie "The Blue Lamp" (Little Venice)
Amberley Mews, W9
Ashby Court, NW8 Ashby Court is a block on Pollitt Drive (St John’s Wood)
Ashby Court, NW8
Aubrey House, W2 Aubrey House is a block on Maida Avenue (Little Venice)
Aubrey House, W2
Barnwood Close, W9 Barnwood Close replaced a set of canal-side industrial buildings (Little Venice)
Barnwood Close, W9
Birch Vale Court, NW8 Birch Vale Court can be found on Pollitt Drive (St John’s Wood)
Birch Vale Court, NW8
Blomfield Court, W9 Blomfield Court is a block on Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Blomfield Court, W9
Blomfield Mews, W2 Blomfield Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Blomfield Mews, W2
Blomfield Road, W9 Blomfield Road is the road running beside the canal on the Little Venice side (Little Venice)
Blomfield Road, W9
Blomfield Villas, W2 Blomfield Villas is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Blomfield Villas, W2
Boscobel Street, NW8 Boscobel Street is named after a nearby pub called the Royal Oak (St John’s Wood)
Boscobel Street, NW8
Bourne Terrace, W2 Bourne Terrace is part of the Warwick Estate in Paddington and has 38 properties. (Westbourne Green)
Bourne Terrace, W2
Brackley Court, NW8 Brackley Court is sited on Pollitt Drive (St John’s Wood)
Brackley Court, NW8
Braithwaite Tower, W2 Braithwaite Tower is a block on Hall Place (Little Venice)
Braithwaite Tower, W2
Bristol Gardens, W9 Bristol Gardens is an extension southeastwards of Shirland Road (Little Venice)
Bristol Gardens, W9
Browning Close, W9 Browning Close is named after two poets (Little Venice)
Browning Close, W9
Campbell House, W2 Campbell House is a block on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Campbell House, W2
Castellain Road, W9 Castellain Road is a street in Maida Vale (Maida Vale)
Castellain Road, W9
Castleford Court, NW8 Castleford Court is a block on Henderson Drive (St John’s Wood)
Castleford Court, NW8
Charfield Court, W9 Charfield Court is part of the 1972 Amberley Estate (Little Venice)
Charfield Court, W9
Cheadle Court, NW8 Cheadle Court is a block on Pollitt Drive (St John’s Wood)
Cheadle Court, NW8
Chichester Road, W2 Chichester Road is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Chichester Road, W2
Church Street, W2 Church Street, laid out in the 1790s, ran to the parish church at Paddington Green (Edgware Road)
Church Street, W2
Churchfield House, W2 Churchfield House is a block on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Churchfield House, W2
Clarendon Court, W9 Clarendon Court is sited on Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clarendon Court, W9
Clarendon Gardens, W9 Clarendon Gardens is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clarendon Gardens, W9
Clarendon Terrace, W9 Clarendon Terrace is a street in Maida Vale (St John’s Wood)
Clarendon Terrace, W9
Clearwell Drive, W9 Clearwell Drive is a newer street, roughly built over the line of the former Amberley Mews (Little Venice)
Clearwell Drive, W9
Clifton Court, NW8 Clifton Court is a block on Clifton Court (St John’s Wood)
Clifton Court, NW8
Clifton Gardens, W9 Clifton Gardens is a road in the W9 postcode area (Little Venice)
Clifton Gardens, W9
Clifton Road, W9 Clifton Road is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clifton Road, W9
Clifton Villas, W9 Clifton Villas is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clifton Villas, W9
Clive Court, W9 Clive Court is a residential block upon Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Clive Court, W9
Cooper House, NW8 Cooper House is sited on Lyons Place (St John’s Wood)
Cooper House, NW8
Crompton House, W2 Crompton House is a block on Hall Place (Little Venice)
Crompton House, W2
Crompton Street, W2 Crompton Street is a street in Paddington (Edgware Road)
Crompton Street, W2
Cunningham Court, W9 Cunningham Court is a block on Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Cunningham Court, W9
Cunningham Place, NW8 Cunningham Place is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Cunningham Place, NW8
Cuthbert House, W2 Cuthbert House is a building on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Cuthbert House, W2
Cuthbert Street, W2 Cuthbert Street is a street in Paddington (Edgware Road)
Cuthbert Street, 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
Dicksee House, NW8 Dicksee House is a block on Lyons Place (St John’s Wood)
Dicksee House, NW8
Douglas House, W2 Douglas House is a block on Maida Avenue (Little Venice)
Douglas House, W2
Dudley Street, W2 Dudley Street is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Dudley Street, W2
Eastlake House, NW8 Eastlake House is located on Frampton Street (St John’s Wood)
Eastlake House, NW8
Edward House, W2 Edward House is located on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Edward House, W2
Elizabeth Close, W9 Elizabeth Close commemorates Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the poet (Little Venice)
Elizabeth Close, W9
Ellwood Court, W9 Ellwood Court is a two-storey block (Little Venice)
Ellwood Court, W9
Elmton Court, NW8 Elmton Court is a block on Cunningham Place (St John’s Wood)
Elmton Court, NW8
Elnathan Mews, W9 Elnathan Mews is a street in Maida Vale (Maida Vale)
Elnathan Mews, W9
Fisherton Street, NW8 Until 1877, most of Fisherton Street was known as Upper Salisbury Street (St John’s Wood)
Fisherton Street, NW8
Formosa Street, W9 Formosa Street leads northeast from Little Venice (Warwick Avenue)
Formosa Street, W9
Frampton Street, NW8 Frampton Street is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Frampton Street, NW8
Gibon House, NW8 Gibon House is a block on Fisherton Street (St John’s Wood)
Gibon House, NW8
Hall Place, W2 Hall Place is a road in the W2 postcode area (Edgware Road)
Hall Place, W2
Hall Tower, W2 Hall Tower is a block on Hall Place (Little Venice)
Hall Tower, 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
Hatton Street, NW8 This is a street in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Hatton Street, NW8
Helsby Court, NW8 Helsby Court can be found on Henderson Drive (St John’s Wood)
Helsby Court, NW8
Henderson Drive, NW8 Henderson Drive is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Henderson Drive, NW8
Hermitage Street, W2 Hermitage Street is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Hermitage Street, W2
Hethpool House, W2 Hethpool House is a block on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Hethpool House, W2
Heywood House, W2 Heywood House is located on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Heywood House, W2
Howards Way, W2 Howards Way is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Howards Way, W2
Howell House, W2 Howell House is a building on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Howell House, W2
Howley Place, W2 Howley Place is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Howley Place, W2
Hucknall Court, NW8 Hucknall Court can be found on Henderson Drive (St John’s Wood)
Hucknall Court, NW8
Hurlingham House, W2 Hurlingham House is sited on Westbourne Terrace Road (Paddington)
Hurlingham House, W2
John Aird Court, W2 John Aird Court can be found on John Aird Court (Little Venice)
John Aird Court, W2
Kingdom Street, W2 Kingdom Street is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Kingdom Street, W2
Lampard House, W2 Lampard House can be found on Maida Avenue (Little Venice)
Lampard House, W2
Lanark Place, W9 Lanark Place is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Lanark Place, W9
Leo Court, W2 Leo Court is a block on St Mary’s Terrace (Little Venice)
Leo Court, W2
Luton Street, NW8 Luton Street is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Luton Street, NW8
Lyons Place, NW8 Lyons Place is named for John Lyon (c.1511-92) who founded Harrow School (St John’s Wood)
Lyons Place, NW8
Maida Avenue, W2 Maida Avenue is a street in Paddington (Little Venice)
Maida Avenue, W2
Marshall Building, W2 Marshall Building can be found on Hermitage Street (Paddington)
Marshall Building, W2
Marylebone Flyover, W2 Marylebone Flyover is a road in the W2 postcode area (Paddington)
Marylebone Flyover, W2
Mayne House, W2 Mayne House is a block on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Mayne House, W2
Montgomery House, W2 Montgomery House is a block on Harrow Road (Paddington)
Montgomery House, W2
Munkenbeck Building, W2 Munkenbeck Building is a block on Hermitage Street (Paddington)
Munkenbeck Building, W2
Northwick Close, NW8 Northwick Close is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Northwick Close, NW8
Northwick Terrace, NW8 Northwick Terrace was named after Lord John Northwick, Harrow School governor (St John’s Wood)
Northwick Terrace, NW8
Orchardson House, NW8 Orchardson House is a block on Orchardson Street (St John’s Wood)
Orchardson House, NW8
Paddington Green, W2 Paddington Green is a surviving fragment of the original rural fabric of the area (Little Venice)
Paddington Green, W2
Paddington Square, W2 Paddington Square is a location in London (Edgware Road)
Paddington Square, W2
Park Place Villas, W2 Park Place Villas is a street in Paddington (Little Venice)
Park Place Villas, W2
Parsons House, W2 Parsons House is located on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Parsons House, W2
Penfold Street, NW8 Penfold Street is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Penfold Street, NW8
Philip Court, W2 Philip Court is a building on Hall Place (Edgware Road)
Philip Court, W2
Pindock Mews, W9 Pindock Mews is a street in Maida Vale (Warwick Avenue)
Pindock Mews, W9
Pinner Court, NW8 Pinner Court is a block on Henderson Drive (St John’s Wood)
Pinner Court, NW8
Porteus Road, W2 Porteus Road is a road in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
Porteus Road, W2
Poynter House, NW8 Poynter House is a block on Aberdeen Place (St John’s Wood)
Poynter House, NW8
Princess Louise Close, W2 Princess Louise Close is a street in Paddington (Edgware Road)
Princess Louise Close, W2
Randolph Crescent, W9 Randolph Crescent is a street in Maida Vale (Little Venice)
Randolph Crescent, W9
Randolph Mews, W9 Randolph Mews is a road in the W9 postcode area (Little Venice)
Randolph Mews, W9
Randolph Road, W9 Randolph Road is a road in the W9 postcode area (Little Venice)
Randolph Road, W9
Rodney Court, W9 Rodney Court is located on Maida Vale (St John’s Wood)
Rodney Court, W9
Rosewood Walk, W2 Rosewood Walk is a location in London (Paddington)
Rosewood Walk, W2
Rothley Court, NW8 Rothley Court is a block on St John’s Wood Road (St John’s Wood)
Rothley Court, NW8
Sheldon Square, W2 Sheldon Square is a street in Paddington (Paddington)
Sheldon Square, W2
Southcott House, W9 Southcott House is a block on Clifton Gardens (Little Venice)
Southcott House, W9
St Marys Mansions, W2 St Marys Mansions is a street in Paddington (Little Venice)
St Marys Mansions, W2
St Marys Terrace, W2 St Marys Terrace is a street in Paddington (Little Venice)
St Marys Terrace, W2
St Mary’s Square, W2 Saint Mary’s Square is a square in the W2 postcode area (Little Venice)
St Mary’s Square, W2
Stafford House, W2 Stafford House is sited on Maida Avenue (Edgware Road)
Stafford House, W2
Sutherland Avenue, W9 Sutherland Avenue is one of the main streets of Maida Vale (Maida Vale)
Sutherland Avenue, W9
Tadema House, NW8 Tadema House is a block on Penfold Street (St John’s Wood)
Tadema House, NW8
The Battleship Building, W2 The Battleship Building is a block on Harrow Road (Little Venice)
The Battleship Building, W2
The Toll House, W2 The Toll House is a block on Delamere Terrace (Little Venice)
The Toll House, W2
Warrington Crescent, W9 Warrington Crescent is a street in Maida Vale (Warwick Avenue)
Warrington Crescent, W9
Warwick Avenue, W2 Warwick Avenue is split between the W2 and W9 postcodes (Little Venice)
Warwick Avenue, W2
Warwick Avenue, W9 Warwick Road was named in 1840, later to become Warwick Avenue in 1905 (Warwick Avenue)
Warwick Avenue, W9
Warwick Court, W9 Warwick Court is a street in Maida Vale (Warwick Avenue)
Warwick Court, W9
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
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
Westway, W2 At its opening, Westway was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain (Little Venice)
Westway, W2
Winterton House, W9 Winterton House is a building on Maida Vale (St John’s Wood)
Winterton House, W9
Wyatt House, NW8 Wyatt House is a block on Frampton Street (Edgware Road)
Wyatt House, NW8


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