Kensington High Street, W8

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Kensington High Street is one of western London’s most popular shopping streets, with upmarket shops serving a wealthy area.

Kensington High Street is the continuation of Kensington Road and part of the A315. It starts by the entrance to Kensington Palace and runs westward through central Kensington. Near Kensington (Olympia) station, where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ends and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham begins, it ends and becomes Hammersmith Road. The street is served by High Street Kensington underground station.

From the late 19th century until the mid-1970s the street had three classic department stores: Barkers of Kensington, Derry & Toms and Pontings. Barkers bought Pontings in 1906 and Derry & Toms in 1920, but continued to run all three as separate entities. In a big building project which started in 1930 and was not complete until 1958 (the Second World War halted the project), the company made Derry & Toms and Barkers into Art Deco palaces. On top of Derry & Toms, Europe’s largest roof garden area was created, consisting of three different gardens with 500 species of plants, fountains, a stream, duck, flamingos and a restaurant - said to serve the best high tea in Kensington.

In 1957 House of Fraser bought the Barkers Group and started to dismantle it. Pontings was closed in 1971, Derry & Toms in 1973, and a much condensed Barkers was allowed to continue until January 2006, when the 135-year-old department store was closed for good.

Kensington High Street was also the site of Biba in the 1960s and early 1970s. When Derry & Toms closed, the iconic store took the building and accentuated its Art Deco style further. But the 1970s recession, coupled with idealistic business ideas, killed Biba in 1975. The Derry & Toms roof gardens still remain, now known as the Kensington Roof Gardens and owned since 1981 by Richard Branson’s Virgin.

Kensington High Street’s future as a shopping street has been threatened by the large Westfield London, which opened a short distance away in Shepherd’s Bush in late 2008. However, these factors may be offset to some extent - or even outweighed - by recent changes to the road layout, intended to make the street a more pleasant place to shop. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea decided to experiment with the concept of shared space, which deputy leader Daniel Moylan had studied abroad. Railings and pedestrian crossings were removed, thereby enabling pedestrians to cross the street wherever they choose. Bicycle racks were placed on the central reservation. The effect over two years was a dramatic cut in accidents, down 44% against a London average of 17%.

Kensington High Street is also home to a large part of the British music industry, with the UK offices of major labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI all situated in the area.

It is the site of the former Roman Catholic Pro-Cathedral of England, Our Lady of Victories, now a parish church; Kensington Arcade; and a building housing the Consulate of Romania and the Embassy of Paraguay.


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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play ’ and me of sorts ’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’



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David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   

Mcgregor Road, W11 (1938 - 1957)
I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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charlie evans   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 18:51 GMT   

apollo pub 1950s
Ted Lengthorne was the landlord of the apollo in the 1950s. A local called darkie broom who lived at number 5 lancaster road used to be the potman,I remember being in the appollo at a street party that was moved inside the pub because of rain for the queens coronation . Not sure how long the lengthornes had the pub but remember teds daughter julie being landlady in the early 1970,s

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Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Ashbourne College Ashbourne College is an independent school and sixth form located in Kensington.
Biba Biba was a London fashion store of the 1960s and 1970s, started and primarily run by the Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki with help of her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon.
Derry and Toms Derry & Toms was a London department store.
Kensington Market Kensington Market was a three storey indoor market at 49 Kensington High Street, created in late 1967
Kensington Roof Garden Kensington Roof Garden (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens) covers 6000 square metres.
Kensington School The Kensington Proprietary Grammar School was an educational establishment founded in 1830 that is perhaps best remembered for being one of the founders of the Football Association in 1863.
Linley Sambourne House 18 Stafford Terrace, formerly known as Linley Sambourne House, was the home of the Punch illustrator Edward Linley Sambourne and open as a museum.
Royal Garden Hotel Royal Garden Hotel is a 5 star hotel in London, England.
St Mary Abbot’s St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse.
St Mary Abbots St Mary Abbots is a church located on Kensington High Street and the corner of Kensington Church Street in London W8.

NEARBY STREETS
Abingdon Mansions, W8 The Abbots of Abingdon were once Lords of the Manor of Abbot’s Kensington.
Abingdon Road, W8 Abingdon Road stretches between Stratford Road and Kensington High Street.
Abingdon Villas, W8 Abingdon Villas runs between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road.
Adam And Eve Mews, W8 Adam And Eve Mews is a street in Kensington.
Albert Place, W8 Albert Place runs west off Victoria Road.
Allen Street, W8 Allen Street extends south from Kensington High Street.
Ansdell Street, W8 Ansdell Street is a street in Kensington.
Ansdell Terrace, W8 Ansdell Terrace is a cul-de-sac off of Ansdell Street and was previously known as St Albans Road North.
Argyll Road, W8 Argyll Road was built as part of the development of the Phillimore Estate.
Ball Street, W8 Ball Street was created by the Kensington Improvement Scheme of 1868-71, carried out by the Metropolitan Board of Works.
Blithfield Street, W8 Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.
Cambridge Place, W8 Cambridge Place is a short cul-de-sac on the west side of Victoria Road.
Campden Grove, W8 Campden Grove runs between Kensington Church Street and Hornton Street.
Campden Hill Close, W8 Campden Hill Close is a small cul-de-sac entered by a narrow driveway off Hornton Street.
Campden Hill Court, W8 Campden Hill Court is a street in Kensington.
Campden Hill Road, W8 Campden Hill Road is a street in Kensington.
Campden Hill, W8 Campden Hill is a hill and street in Kensington.
Chantry Square, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Cheniston Gardens, W8 Cheniston Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Cope Place, W8 Cope Place is a street in Kensington.
Cornwall Gardens, SW7 Cornwall Gardens is a long, narrow garden square.
Cottesmore Court, W8 Cottesmore Court is a street in Kensington.
Cottesmore Gardens, W8 Cottesmore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Derry Street, W8 Derry Street formerly known as King Street and laid out in the mid-1730s.
Douro Place, W8 Douro Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Drayson Mews, W8 Drayson Mews is a street in Kensington.
Duchess of Bedford’s Walk, W8 Lady Georgiana Russell, wife of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford lived at Argyll Lodge, a former house on Campden Hill, near the location of the road.
Earl’s Terrace, W8 Earl’s Terrace is a road in the W8 postcode area
Earls Court Road, W8 Earls Court Road is the main road serving Earls Court.
Earls Walk, W8 Earls Walk is a street in Kensington.
Eden Close, W8 Eden Close is a street in Kensington.
Edwardes Place, W8 Edwardes Place is a street in Kensington.
Edwardes Square, W8 Edwardes Square is a garden square in Kensington.
Eldon Road, SW7 Eldon Road runs between Stanford Road and Victoria Road.
Essex Villas, W8 Essex Villas is a road in the W8 postcode area
Gloucester Walk, W8 Gloucester Walk is a road in the W8 postcode area
Gordon Place, W8 Gordon Place is a street in Kensington.
Gregory Place, W8 Gregory Place is a street in Kensington.
Holland Lane, W8 Holland Lane was a small side street next to the Holland Arms.
Holland Street, W8 Holland Street is a street in Kensington.
Hornton Place, W8 Hornton Place is a street in Kensington.
Hornton Street, W8 Hornton Street is a street in Kensington.
Iverna Court, W8 Iverna Court is a street in Kensington.
Iverna Gardens, W8 Iverna Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Kelso Place, W8 Kelso Place is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Apartment, W8 Kensington Apartment is a road in the W8 postcode area
Kensington Arcade, W8 Kensington Arcade is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Court, W8 Kensington Church Court is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Walk, W8 Kensington Church Walk is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Court Gardens, W8 Kensington Court Gardens is a late Victorian mansion block, completed in 1889, near to Kensington Palace and Gardens.
Kensington Court Place, W8 Kensington Court Place is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Court, W8 Kensington Court is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Gate, W8 Kensington Gate is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 Kensington Palace Gardens is a street in west central London with some of the most expensive properties in the world.
Kensington Square, W8 Kensington Square is a garden square in London, W8.
Lancer Square, W8 Lancer Square is a street in Kensington.
Macmillan House, W8 Residential block
Marloes Road, W8 Marloes Road runs north from the Cromwell Road.
Marlogs Road, W8 Marlogs Road is a street in Kensington.
Melbury Court, W8 Melbury Court is a road in the W8 postcode area
Melon Place, W8 Melon Place is a street in Kensington.
Observatory Gardens, W8 Observatory Gardens commemorates what was the world’s finest private observatory.
Old Court Place, W8 Old Court Place is a street in Kensington.
Palace Avenue, W8 Palace Avenue is a road in the W8 postcode area
Palace Green, W8 Palace Green is a street in Kensington.
Palace Place Mansions, W8 Palace Place Mansions is a street in Kensington.
Park Close, W14 Park Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Pembroke Mews, W8 Pembroke Mews is a street in Kensington.
Pembroke Place, W8 Pembroke Place is a street in Kensington.
Phillimore Gardens, W8 Phillimore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Phillimore Place, W8 Phillimore Place was part of the old Phillimore Estate and, at first, named Durham Villas.
Phillimore Walk, W8 Phillimore Walk is a street in Kensington.
Pitt Street, W8 Pitt Street is a street in Kensington.
Prince Of Wales Terrace, W8 Prince Of Wales Terrace is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Place, W8 Scarsdale Place is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Villas, W8 Scarsdale Villas is a street in Kensington.
Sheldrake Place, W8 Sheldrake Place is a street in Kensington.
South Edwardes Square, W8 South Edwardes Square derives its name from William Edwardes, 2nd Lord Kensington - the square was built on part of his Holland House Estate.
South End Row, W8 South End Row is a street in Kensington.
South End, W8 South End is a street in Kensington.
St Albans Grove, W8 St Albans Grove is a street in Kensington.
St James House, W8 Residential block
St Margarets Lane, W8 St Margarets Lane is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Gate, W8 St. Mary’s Gate is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Place, W8 St. Mary’s Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stafford Terrace, W8 Stafford Terrace was built between 1868 and 1874 by builder Joseph Gordon Davis.
Stanford Road, W8 Stanford Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stone Hall Gardens, W8 Stone Hall Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Thackeray Street, W8 Thackeray Street is a street in Kensington.
Thornwood Gardens, W8 Thornwood Gardens is a road in the W8 postcode area
Tor Court, W8 Tor Court is a street in Kensington.
Tor Gardens, W8 Tor Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Upper Phillimore Gardens, W8 Upper Phillimore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Vicarage Court, W8 Vicarage Court is a street in Kensington.
Vicarage Gate, W8 Vicarage Gate is a street in Kensington.
Victoria Road, W8 Victoria Road stretches north to Kensington Road.
Warwick Chambers, W8 Warwick Chambers is a street in Kensington.
Wrights Lane, W8 Wrights Lane is a street in Kensington.
Wynnstay Gardens, W8 Wynnstay Gardens is a road in the W8 postcode area
York Passage, W8 York Passage is a road in the W8 postcode area
Young Street, W8 Young Street, named after the developer of Kensington Square, was in use as a road by 1685.

NEARBY PUBS
Dirty Bones This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Elephant & Castle This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Greyhound This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Holland Arms Holland Arms was a pub on Kensington High Street.
Princess Victoria This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Radnor Walk The Devonshire Arms at 37 Marloes Road is a Victorian era pub built in 1865 with a traditional beer garden.
Scampi’s Kingdom This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Britannia This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Goat Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Scarsdale This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Vestry House Museum This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


High Street Kensington

High Street Kensington is a London Underground station at Kensington High Street.

Kensington High Street is a road (forming part of the A315) in Kensington, west London.

Its western extremity is the eastern end of Hammersmith Road near Kensington (Olympia) station. From here, the road heads east-north-east, past the Commonwealth Institute and High Street Kensington tube station. It forms a junction which Kensington Church Street, which runs to the north, and then continues east to the south-west corner of Kensington Gardens, close by Kensington Palace. Eastward the road becomes Kensington Road.

The stretch between the Commonwealth Institute and Kensington Gardens is a popular shopping area, with chainstores and upmarket shops serving a wealthy catchment area. In 2005 House of Fraser announced that it is closing the 135 year old Barkers department store in the street, meaning that it will have no department stores left after the earlier closures of Pontings and Derry & Toms. The 75,000 square foot premises will be taken over by Whole Foods Market, the American owner of organic supermarket chain Fresh & Wild to become the UK’s first organic superstore.

High Street Kensington station, on the District Line, opened in 1868.


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Notting Hill
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Pembridge Road (1900s)
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Early map of Kensington Palace
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Abingdon Arms Pub, Abingdon Road.
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3-4 Ladbroke Terrace in 2006.
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Marloes Road, W8
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The Thames Valley in Roman Days
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Horbury Mews
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Early map of Kensington Palace
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Abingdon Arms Pub, Abingdon Road.
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Allen Street
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Marloes Road, W8
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The corner depicted is that of Abingdon Road and Scarsdale Villas, showing the church in the background.
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