Kensington Hippodrome

Racecourse in/near Notting Hill, existed between 1837 and 1842

 HOME  ·  ARTICLE  MAP  STREETS  BLOG  CONTACT 
3.80.224.52 
Too much info? Click here to declutter the page
Abbey Court Hotel · Acklam Hall · Acklam Road Adventure Playground · Acklam Road protests · Acklam Road · Alba Place · Albert Hotel (1900s) · Aldermaston Street · Aldridge Road Villas · All Saints Church · All Saints Road · Ansleigh Place · Archway Close · Ariel Way · Arundel Gardens · Bangor Street · Bangor Street · Bangor Street · Basing Street (SARM) Studios · Basing Street · Beach Blanket Babylon · Bevington Road · Blagrove Road · Blechynden Mews · Blechynden Street · Blenheim Crescent · Bulmer Mews · Cambridge Gardens · Campden Hill Place · Carmelite Monastery of The Most Holy Trinity · Chepstow Crescent · Chepstow Villas · Clarendon Road · Clydesdale Road · Codrington Mews · Colville Gardens · Colville Houses · Colville Mews · Colville Road · Colville Square · Colville Terrace · Colville Terrace · Convent Gardens · Corner of Bangor and Sirdar Road · Cornwall Crescent · Dale Row · Darnley Terrace · Deanhill Court · Denbigh Close · Denbigh Road · Denbigh Terrace · Duke of Wellington · Dunworth Mews · Elgin Crescent · Elgin Mews · Evesham Street · Exmoor Street (1950) · Finstock Road · Folly Mews · Fowell Street · Freston Road · Freston Road · Garden Bar and Grill · Golborne Mews · Golborne Road · Golden Mews · Graffiti along Acklam Road (1970s) · Grenfell Road · Grenfell Tower · Hayden’s Place · Hayden’s Place · Hayden’s Place · Hedgegate Court · Hippodrome Place · Holland Road · Horbury Chapel (Kensington Temple) · Horbury Crescent · Horbury Mews · Hunt Close · Hurstway Walk · Kenley Street · Kensington Hippodrome · Kensington Memorial Park · Kensington Park Gardens · Kensington Park Hotel · Kensington Park Mews · Kensington Park Road · Kids in Acklam Road · Kingsdale Gardens · Ladbroke Arms · Ladbroke Crescent · Ladbroke Gardens · Ladbroke Grove · Ladbroke Grove · Ladbroke Road · Ladbroke Square Garden · Ladbroke Square · Ladbroke Terrace · Ladbroke Walk · Lambton Place · Lancaster Road · Lansdowne Crescent · Lansdowne Cresent · Lansdowne Rise · Lansdowne Road · Lansdowne Walk · Latimer Road · Ledbury Mews North · Ledbury Mews West · Ledbury Road · Lonsdale Road · Lorne Gardens · Mary Place Workhouse · Mau Mau · Maxilla Gardens · Mcgregor Road · Mercury Theatre · Metropolitan · Morgan Road · Munro Mews · Needham Road · Nicholas Road · Norland Road · Norland Square · North Kensington Library · North Kensington · Notting Dale · Notting Hill · Notting Hill Barn Farm · Notting Hill Gate · Olaf Street · Pembridge Crescent · Pembridge Gardens · Pembridge Mews · Pembridge Road (1900s) · Pembridge Road · Pembridge Road · Pembridge Villas · Pencombe Mews · Penzance Place · Photo of Wilsham Street · Pig and Whistle Kitchen · Pinehurst Court · Political meeting (1920s) · Polpo · Portland Gate · Portland Road · Portobello Farm · Portobello Gold · Portobello Green · Portobello House · Portobello Road · Portobello Star · Pottery Lane · Powis Gardens · Powis Mews · Powis Square · Powis Terrace · Prince Albert · Princedale Road · Princes Place · Princess Louise Hospital · Queensdale Crecent · Queensdale Crescent · Queensdale Place · Queensdale Walk · Rackham Street · Relay Road · Ridler's Tyre Yard · Rifle Place · Rillington Place · Rosehart Mews · Rosmead Road · Royal Crescent Mews · Ruston Mews · Saint Anns Villas · Saint Charles Place · Saint Charles Square · Saint Ervans Road · Saint Helens Gardens · Saint Josephs Close · Saint Luke’s Road · Saint Lukes Mews · Saint Mark’s Road · Saint Marks Place · Saint Marks Road · Saint Marks Road · Saint Michaels Gardens · Saint Quintin Avenue · Saint Stephen’s Gardens · Silchester Road · Silver Road · Silvester Mews · Simon Close · Sion Manning Roman Catholic Girls’ School · St Anns Villas · St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College · St Charles Square after bombing (1950) · St Charles’ Square Training College (1908) · St James Gardens · St James’s Gardens · St James’s Gardens · St John’s Hill · St John’s Mews · St John’s · St Lukes Mews · St Luke’s Mews · St Luke’s Road · St Marks Close · St Marks Road · St Marks Road · St Mark’s Place · St Mark’s Road · St Peter’s Notting Hill · St. Columbs House · St. Johns Gardens · St. John’s Gardens · St. Joseph's Home · St. Mark’s Road · St. Mark’s Road · St. Mark’s Road · Stanley Crescent · Stanley Gardens Mews · Stanley Gardens · Station Walk · Stoneleigh Place · Sun in Splendour · Swanscombe House · Swanscombe Road · Talbot Road · Talbot Road · Tavistock Crescent · Tavistock Mews · Tavistock Road · Testerton Walk · The Castle · The Cock & Bottle · The Elgin · The Little Yellow Door · The Tabernacle · Under westway (1977) · Uxbridge Arms · Vernon Yard · Walmer Castle · Walmer Road · Wellington Close · Westbourne Grove Mews · Westbourne Grove · Westbourne Park · Westbourne Park Road · Western Iron Works · Westfield Way · Westway · White City bus station · Wilby Mews · Wilsham Street
MAPPING YEAR:1750180018301860190019302019Fullscreen map
Racecourse · Notting Hill · W11 ·
APRIL
6
2017

The Kensington Hippodrome was a racecourse built in Notting Hill, London, in 1837, by entrepreneur John Whyte.

"The last grand steeplechase at the Hippodrome racecourse, Kensington" (oil on canvas)
The year of Queen Victoria's accession, 1837, saw the inauguration of a new venture in West London - an attempt to establish a race-course which would rival Epsom and Ascot in its attractions. The prospectus, issued in 1836, stated that 'an extensive range of land, in a secluded situation, has been taken and thrown into one great Park, and is being fenced in all round by a strong, close, high paling. This Park affords the facilities of a STEEPLE-CHASE COURSE, intersected by banks and every description of fence; and also of a RACE-COURSE distinct from the Steeple-Chase Course; and each Course is capable of being suited to a Four Mile Race for Horses of the first class.'

The founder of this enterprise was a Mr John Whyte of Brace Cottage, Notting Hill, who had leased about 200 acres of ground from Mr James Weller Ladbroke, the ground landlord. The course as originally laid out was bounded approximately by Portobello Road, Elgin Crescent, Clarendon Road and the south side of Ladbroke Square. The main entrance was through an arch at the junction of Kensington Park Road with Pembridge Road. It was also intended to provide facilities for all forms of equestrian exercise and for other out-door sports on non-racing days.

The first meeting was held on 3rd June, 1837, with three races for a total prize list of £250 and was followed by a second meeting on the 19th. Although it was agreed that the company was brilliant and that many 'splendid equipages' were present, the quality of the racing met with a mixed reception, one writer calling the horses entered 'animated dogs' meat'. Furthermore, Mr Whyte, in his enthusiasm to enclose the course, had blocked up a right-of-way that crossed its centre and which enabled local residents to avoid the Potteries, a notorious slum. Some local inhabitants took the law into their own hands and cut the paling down at the point where the footpath entered the grounds of the race-course. As a result, the crowds on the first and subsequent days' racing were increased by the presence of unruly persons who, taking advantage of the footpath dispute, entered without paying for admission.

The next two years saw all attempts by Mr Whyte to close the footpath frustrated. There were summonses, counter summons, assaults, petitions to Parliament by the local inhabitants and the parochial authorities together with a wordy and scurrilous warfare in the columns of the press. There was even a plan at one time to make a subway under the race-course, but in 1839 Mr Whyte abandoned the unequal struggle and relinquished the eastern half of the ground.

The new course, renamed Victoria Park in honour of the young Queen, was extended northward to the vicinity of the present St Helen's Church, St Quintin's Avenue, and, as the prospectus pointed out, 'the race-course
David Jones-Parry
David Jones-Parry   
Added: 3 Oct 2017 13:29 GMT   
IP: 81.156.41.30
2:7:2497
Post by David Jones-Parry:
Tavistock Crescent, W11

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.

Debbie hobbs
Debbie hobbs    
Added: 19 Sep 2017 09:08 GMT   
IP: 92.40.89.28
2:8:2497
Post by Debbie hobbs : Raymede Street, W10

I SUPPLIED THE PICTURE ABOVE GIVEN TO TOM VAGUE TO PASS ON... ITS DATE IS C1906 ..IN THE DISTANCE IS RACKHAM STREET WITH ITS MISSION HALL, HEWER STREET TO THE RIGHT

Susan Wright
Susan Wright   
Added: 16 Sep 2017 22:42 GMT   
IP: 120.154.67.244
2:9:2497
Post by Susan Wright: Bramley Mews, W10

My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.

David Jones-Parry
David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   
IP: 86.152.78.135
2:10:2497
Post by David Jones-Parry: Mcgregor Road, W11

I lived at 25 Mc Gregor Rd from 1938 my birth until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957.Our house sided onto Ridgeways Laundry All Saints Rd. I had a happy boyhood living there

Brenda Jackson
Brenda Jackson   
Added: 13 Aug 2017 21:39 GMT   
IP: 94.13.78.193
2:11:2497
Post by Brenda Jackson: Granville Road, NW6

My Gt Gt grandparents lived at 83 Pembroke Road before it became Granville Road, They were married in 1874, John Tarrant and Maryann Tarrant nee Williamson.
Her brother George Samuel Williamson lived at 95 Pembroke Road with his fwife Emily and children in the 1881 Census

Apparently the extended family also lived for many years in Alpha Place, Canterbury Road, Peel Road,

LDNnews
LDNnews   
Added: 19 Apr 2019 23:40 GMT   
IP:
3:12:2497
Post by LDNnews: Shepherds Bush
Extinction Rebellion stages youth protest at Heathrow airport
Extinction Rebellion stages youth protest at Heathrow airport

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/19/extinction-rebellion-stages-youth-protest-at-heathrow-airport

LDNnews
LDNnews   
Added: 18 Apr 2019 23:20 GMT   
IP:
3:13:2497
Post by LDNnews: Shepherds Bush
Crossrail opening may be delayed to 2021
Opening of over-budget London rail project could be pushed back to spring 2021, according to BBCCrossrail’s opening date could be pushed back into 2021, as bosses continue to assess the remaining work to be done on the flagship London railway project.A new target is due to be announced next week by Mark Wild, the Transport for London chief executive parachuted in to lead the programme after the extent of delays was revealed last summer. Continue reading...

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/18/crossrail-opening-may-be-delayed-to-2021

LDNnews
LDNnews   
Added: 18 Apr 2019 15:27 GMT   
IP:
3:14:2497
Post by LDNnews: Aldwych
Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.
Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.

https://www.theundergroundmap.com/article.html?id=53299

LDNnews
LDNnews   
Added: 17 Apr 2019 21:40 GMT   
IP:
3:15:2497
Post by LDNnews: Shepherds Bush



https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/apr/17/climate-protesters-climb-on-top-of-train-at-canary-wharf-video

LDNnews
LDNnews   
Added: 17 Apr 2019 15:27 GMT   
IP:
3:16:2497
Post by LDNnews: Aldwych
Holland Villas Road is a wide tree-lined avenue which runs between Upper Addison Gardens and the junction of Addison Crescent and Holland Road.
Holland Villas Road is a wide tree-lined avenue which runs between Upper Addison Gardens and the junction of Addison Crescent and Holland Road.

https://www.theundergroundmap.com/article.html?id=20962

VIEW THE NOTTING HILL AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1750 map does not display.

VIEW THE NOTTING HILL AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1800 map does not display.

VIEW THE NOTTING HILL AREA IN THE 1830s
The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1830 map does not display.

VIEW THE NOTTING HILL AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1860 map does not display.

VIEW THE NOTTING HILL AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

Notting Hill

Notting Hill: A place whose fortunes have come, gone and come again...

Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.

The word Notting might originate from a Saxon called Cnotta with the =ing part indicating "the place inhibited by the people of" - i.e. where Cnotta’s tribe lived. There was a farm called variously "Knotting-Bernes,", "Knutting-Barnes" or "Nutting-barns" and this name was transferred to the hill above it.

The area remained rural until the westward expansion of London reached Bayswater in the early 19th century. The main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family, and from the 1820s James Weller Ladbroke began to undertake the development of the Ladbroke Estate. Working with the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason, Ladbroke began to lay out streets and houses, with a view to turning the area into a fashionable suburb of the capital (although the development did not get seriously under way until the 1840s). Many of these streets bear the Ladbroke name, including Ladbroke Grove, the main north-south axis of the area, and Ladbroke Square, the largest private garden square in London.

The original idea was to call the district Kensington Park, and other roads (notably Kensington Park Road and Kensington Park Gardens) are reminders of this. The local telephone prefix 7727 (originally 727) is based on the old telephone exchange name of PARk.

The reputation of the district altered over the course of the 20th century. As middle class households ceased to employ servants, the large Notting Hill houses lost their market and were increasingly split into multiple occupation.

For much of the 20th century the large houses were subdivided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s, partly because of the cheap rents, but were exploited by slum landlords like Peter Rachman, and also became the target of white racist Teddy Boys in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Notting Hill was slowly gentrified from the 1980s onwards now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).

A Daily Telegraph article in 2004 used the phrase the ’Notting Hill Set’ to refer to a group of emerging Conservative politicians, such as David Cameron and George Osborne, who were once based in Notting Hill.

Since it was first developed in the 1830s, Notting Hill has had an association with artists and ’alternative’ culture.
Print-friendly version of this page

Maps


Inner West London (1932) FREE DOWNLOAD
1930s map covering East Acton, Holland Park, Kensington, Notting Hill, Olympia, Shepherds Bush and Westbourne Park,
George Philip & Son, Ltd./London Geographical Society, 1932

Central London, north west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, north west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
London Transport

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
1 



COPYRIGHT TERMS:
Unless a source is explicitedly stated, text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Articles may be a remixes of various Wikipedia articles plus work by the website authors - original Wikipedia source can generally be accessed under the same name as the main title. This does not affect its Creative Commons attribution.

Maps upon this website are in the public domain because they are mechanical scans of public domain originals, or - from the available evidence - are so similar to such a scan or photocopy that no copyright protection can be expected to arise. The originals themselves are in public domain for the following reason:
Public domain Maps used are in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.
This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighbouring rights.

This tag is designed for use where there may be a need to assert that any enhancements (eg brightness, contrast, colour-matching, sharpening) are in themselves insufficiently creative to generate a new copyright. It can be used where it is unknown whether any enhancements have been made, as well as when the enhancements are clear but insufficient. For usage, see Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag.