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Paddington Green is a street in Paddington.



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Westbourne Green

The story of the building of a suburb.

Westbourne Green had only a few houses by 1745, mostly south of the point where Harrow Road had a junction with Westbourne Green Lane (also known as Black Lion Lane) running northward from the Uxbridge Road. A footpath later called Bishop’s Walk (eventually Bishop’s Bridge Road) provided a short cut to Paddington Green. The Red Lion, where Harrow Road bridged the Westbourne, and another inn were recorded in 1730. The second inn was probably one called the Jolly Gardeners in 1760 and the Three Jolly Gardeners in 1770, near the Harrow Road junction, where it probably made way for the Spotted Dog.

The early 19th-century village contained five notable residences: Westbourne Place, west of Black Lion Lane at its junction with Harrow Road, and, from south to north on the east side of Harrow Road, Desborough Lodge, Westbourne Farm, Bridge House, and Westbourne Manor House. Bridge House was built c. 1805 by the architect John White, owner of Westbourne Farm.

Westbourne Green had a very refined air in 1795 and was still considered a beautiful rural place in 1820. The Grand Junction canal, passing north of the village between the grounds of Westbourne Farm and Bridge House, was a scenic enhancement, later used to attract expensive building to the area. Although housing was spreading along Black Lion Lane, it had not reached Westbourne Green by 1828, when a house later called Elm Lodge stood north-west of Westbourne Manor House. There was also a short row, later called Belsize Villas, alone to the west on the south side of Harrow Road at Orme’s Green, by 1830. The main addition was at the southern end of the village, opposite Bishop’s Walk, where Pickering Terrace (later part of Porchester Road), backed by a double row called Pickering Place, formed a compact block of cottages amid the fields.

The cutting of the G.W.R. line across the middle of Westbourne Green was begun in 1836, necessitating a slight northward realignment of Harrow Road east of its junction with Black Lion Lane, where a turnpike gate was moved. Since the railway obstructed the Paddington green end of Bishop’s Walk, the footpath was replaced by Bishop’s Road, soon extended westward as Westbourne Grove. (Although no large houses were demolished, the railway passed close to Westbourne Park, from which Lord Hill moved out. By 1840 several new roads were projected, including Westbourne Grove. Houses had been built there by 1842, when the Lock hospital, giving its name to the Lock bridge where Harrow Road crossed the canal, stood opposite Westbourne Manor House to the north. The centre of the area, however, along Harrow Road and on either side of the railway, remained empty.

Housing spread in the 1840s, mainly south of the railway. The eastern end of Bishop’s Road was built up and at first called Westbourne Place, where the publisher George Smith was visited by Charlotte Bronte in 1848 and 1849. Further north, residential growth was curtailed by the G.W.R. depots and sidings. Immediately to the west, where the Paddington Estate straddled the Westbourne, roads were laid out, with bridges over the railway to link them with Harrow Road. Holy Trinity church was finished in 1846 and Orsett Terrace, Gloucester Crescent (later the northernmost part of Gloucester Terrace), and Porchester Square had been planned by 1851. No. 37 Gloucester Gardens, Bishop’s Road, was the London home of the architect Decimus Burton by 1855. Most of the area between Bishop’s Road and the railway had been filled by 1855, except the site of Penny’s House, which was to be taken in 1871 for Royal Oak station.

A builder, William Scantlebury, erected much of the neighbourhood around Orsett Terrace and Gloucester Crescent, where he took leases in 1849-50 and 1852 respectively. John Scantlebury of Porchester Terrace North built part of Porchester Square, where many plots were subleased by George Wyatt between 1853 and 1855.

Farther west building had already begun for William Kinnaird Jenkins, a lawyer who also acquired part of the Ladbroke estate from W. H. Jenkins and was responsible for laying out Kensal New Town. Houses were planned for W. K. Jenkins along both sides of Westbourne Grove, west of Pickering Place, in 1838 and along an extension of Westbourne Grove in 1840. They were detached villas, like those to be built for him in Newton Road in 1846, when he also had plans for Hereford Road. More land in Hereford Road was leased out by the Paddington Estate between 1853 and 1855, much of it for terraces by J. P. Waterson, a Bayswater builder, who assigned his interest in several sites to John Wicking Phillips. To the north, Westbourne Park and its grounds made way for large semidetached villas in Westbourne Park Road and, beside the railway, Westbourne Park Villas. No. 16 Westbourne Park Villas from 1863 to 1867 was the intermittent home of Thomas Hardy, who also lived briefly at no. 4 Celbridge Place (later Porchester Road) and in Newton Road. Fields survived between Westbourne Park Road and Newton Road in 1851 but had been covered with modest terraces by 1855, when St. Stephen’s church was being built.

Between the railway and the canal, the pace of building and the social pattern were more varied. The eastern part, where Delamere Terrace lined the canal and Warwick Crescent overlooked the pool, was begun as an extension of Little Venice. Leases for 13 houses in Westbourne Terrace Road were taken in 1847 by G. L. Taylor, architect of some of the grandest houses in Tyburnia and Maida Vale, who also built in Blomfield Terrace, along Harrow Road. Other lessees included William Buddle, for 19 houses in Blomfield Street (later Villas) and Delamere Terrace in 1851 and 12 in Warwick Crescent, where plots were assigned to him by G. L. Taylor in 1852. Early residents included Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sister Arabel Barrett in Delamere Terrace; in order to be near her Robert Browning moved from lodgings at no. 1 Chichester Road and made his English home at no. 19 Warwick Crescent from 1862 until 1887.

Farther west, beyond Ranelagh (from 1938 Lord Hill’s) Road, building was slightly delayed by the survival until after 1855 of Desborough Lodge and Westbourne Farm. Brindley Street, Alfred Road, and their neighbours already formed densely packed terraces west of the Lock Bridge and Harrow Road. By 1861 Desborough Lodge and Westbourne Farm had made way for Clarendon, Woodchester and Cirencester Streets, whose small houses resembled those around Brindley Street rather than the stately terraces to the east.

North of the canal, the workhouse was built next to the Lock in 1846-7. Building, although not the imposing crescent planned in 1847, stretched from there along the south side of Harrow Road to Woodfield Road at Orme’s Green by 1855.

The 1860s saw housing, which had ended in 1855 at St. Stephen’s Church and Hereford Road, spread to the Kensington boundary.

North of the canal the site of Westbourne Manor House was built over from 1867 and Amberley Road with its timber wharves was built along the canal bank. The whole of Westbourne Green thus came to be built up.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abbey Road and Regents Park Children’s Centre Information Point:   This is a children’s centre.
Abercorn School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 13.
Abingdon House School:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 15. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Ark King Solomon Academy:   Academy sponsor led (All through) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Barrow Hill Junior School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
Bayard’s Bridge:   Bayard’s Bridge took the Uxbridge Road over the River Westbourne.
Bayswater Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Bridge House:   Canal side house in Westbourne Park
Desborough Lodge:   Desborough Lodge was a house which was one of five grand houses in the village of Westbourne Green.
Duke of Cornwall (The Ledbury):   The Duke of Cornwall pub morphed into the uber-trendy "The Ledbury" restaurant.
Edgware Road:   Edgware Road station was part of the world's first underground railway when it was opened as part of the Metropolitan Railway between Paddington and Farringdon on 1 October 1863.
Edward Wilson Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Gateway Academy:   Academy converter (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Hyett's hand-drawn 1807 map:   William Hyett produced an amazingly accurate map of the London countryside in 1807, using just pen and paper.
Kensington Gardens:   
L’Ecole Bilingue Elementaire:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Lancaster Gate:   Lancaster Gate is a mid-nineteenth century development in the Bayswater district of west central London, immediately to the north of Kensington Gardens.
Long Water:   The Long Water is a recreational lake in Kensington Gardens, created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline.
Micky Star Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Our Lady of Dolours RC Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Paddington:   The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington - opened as Paddington (Bishop's Road) by the Metropolitan Railway on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the company's route from Farringdon.
Paddington Green Children’s Hospital:   The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883.
Portman Early Childhood Centre:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 5.
Queensway Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
River Westbourne:   The Westbourne is one of the lost rivers of London.
Spotted Dog:   The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.
St James & St John Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Mary’s Hospital, London:   St Mary’s Hospital is a hospital in Paddington, founded in 1845.
St Stephen’s CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
The Minerva Academy:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
United Colleges Group:   Further education (16 plus) which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 99.
Westbourne Farm:   An old farm with a theatrical connection.
Westbourne Green:   The story of the building of a suburb.
Westbourne House:   Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...
Westbourne Manor:   The Manor of Westbourne
Westminster Academy:   Academy sponsor led (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Aberdeen Place, NW8 · Admiral Walk, W9 · Adpar Street, W2 · Albion Close, W2 · Albion Mews, W2 · Albion Street, W2 · Aldsworth Close, W9 · Alexander Mews, W2 · Alexander Street, W2 · Alexandra Court, W9 · Alfred Road, W2 · Artesian Road, W2 · Ashbridge Street, NW8 · Ashmill Street, NW1 · Ashmill Street, NW8 · Barbara Brosnan Court, NW8 · Bathurst Mews, W2 · Bathurst Street, W2 · Bayswater Road, W2 · Bayswater Road, W8 · Bell Street, NW1 · Belvedere Strand, NW9 · Bernhardt Crescent, NW8 · Boscobel Street, NW8 · Bourne Terrace, W2 · Bouverie Place, W2 · Braithwaite Tower, W2 · Bridgeman Street, NW8 · Bridstow Place, W2 · Broadley Street, NW8 · Broadley Terrace, NW1 · Brook Mews North, W2 · Browning Close, W9 · Burdett Mews, W2 · Burwood Place, W2 · Cabbell Street, NW1 · Cambridge Court, W2 · Cambridge Square, W2 · Capland Street, NW8 · Caradoc Close, W2 · Cavendish Avenue, NW8 · Cavendish Close, NW8 · Chapel Street, NW1 · Charlbert Street, NW8 · Chepstow Road, W2 · Chilworth Mews, W2 · Church Street, NW8 · Church Street, W2 · Circus Road, NW8 · Cirencester Street, W2 · Clarendon Place, W2 · Clarendon Terrace, W9 · Clifton Court, NW8 · Clifton Place, W2 · Clifton Road, W9 · Clive Court, W9 · Cochrane Mews, NW8 · Cochrane Street, NW8 · Conduit Mews, W2 · Conduit Passage, W2 · Conduit Place, W2 · Connaught Close, W2 · Corlett Street, NW1 · Corporate Communications Macmillan House, W2 · Courtnell Street, W2 · Craven Road, W2 · Craven Terrace, W2 · Crompton Street, W2 · Culworth Street, NW8 · Cunningham Place, NW8 · Cuthbert Street, W2 · Daventry Street, NW1 · Denning Close, NW8 · Dudley Street, W2 · Eastbourne Mews, W2 · Eastbourne Terrace, W2 · Edgware Road Subway, W2 · Edgware Road, NW1 · Edgware Road, NW8 · Edgware Road, W1H · Edgware Road, W2 · Edna House, W2 · Edward House, W2 · Elizabeth Close, W9 · Elm Tree Road, NW8 · Elms Lane, W2 · Elms Mews, W2 · Elsie Lane Court, W2 · Entrance Macmillan House, W2 · Fisherton Street, NW8 · Frampton Street, NW8 · Garden Road, NW8 · Garson House, W2 · Gloucester Mews, W2 · Gloucester Square, W2 · Greenberry Street, NW8 · Grendon Street, NW8 · Grove End Road, NW8 · Hall Place, W2 · Hall Road, NW8 · Hamilton Close, NW8 · Hamilton Gardens, NW8 · Harbet Road, W2 · Hatherley Grove, W2 · Hatton Street, NW8 · Henderson Drive, NW8 · Hermitage Street, W2 · Hill Road, NW8 · Horse Ride, E11 · Howards Way, W2 · Howley Place, W2 · Hunter Lodge, W9 · Hyde Park Crescent, W2 · Hyde Park Cresent, W2 · Hyde Park Gardens Mews, W2 · Hyde Park Gardens, W2 · Hyde Park Gardnes, W2 · Hyde Park Square, W2 · Hyde Park Street, W2 · Jerome Crescent, NW8 · Joe Strummer Subway, W2 · John Aird Court (116-228), W2 · Junction Mews, W2 · Junction Place, W2 · Kensington Gardens, W2 · Kensington Gardens, W8 · Kildare Terrace, W2 · Lanark Place, W9 · Lancaster Gate, W2 · Lancaster Mews, W2 · Lancaster Terrace, W2 · Lancaster Walk, W2 · Lanchester Mews, SE14 · Ledbury Road, W2 · Lisson Grove, NW8 · Lisson Street, NW1 · Lister Lodge, W9 · Lodge Road, NW8 · London Mews, W2 · London Street, W2 · Lord Hills Road, W2 · Luton Street, NW8 · Lyons Place, W2 · Macmillan House, W2 · Maida Avenue, W2 · Mallory Street, NW8 · Marylebone Flyover, NW1 · Marylebone Flyover, W2 · Melina Place, NW8 · Merchant Square, W2 · Miles Buildings, NW1 · Moorhouse Road, W2 · Newcourt Street, NW8 · Newton Road, W2 · Norfolk Crescent, W2 · Norfolk Place, W2 · Norfolk Square, W2 · North Bank, NW8 · North Carriage Drive, W2 · North Wharf Road, W2 · Northumberland Place, W2 · Northumberland Place, W2 · Northwick Close, NW8 · Northwick Terrace, NW8 · Oxford Square, W2 · Paddington Green, W2 · Paddington Station Car Park, W2 · Park Place Villas, W2 · Park Road, NW8 · Penfold Place, NW1 · Penfold Street, NW1 · Penfold Street, NW8 · Plympton Place, NW8 · Policeman’s Walk, W2 · Porteus Road, W2 · Portman Gate, NW1 · Praed Mews, W2 · Praed Street, W2 · Princess Louise Close, W2 · Quadrangle Tower, W2 · Radnor Lodge, W2 · Radnor Mews, W2 · Radnor Place, W2 · Rainsford Street, W2 · Ranston Street, NW1 · Regent’s Canal Towpath, NW8 · Richmond House, NW1 · Rodney Court, W9 · Rowington Close, W2 · Saint John’s Wood High Street, NW8 · Saint John’s Wood Road, NW8 · Saint Mary’s Square, W2 · Saint Mary’s Terrace, W2 · Saint Michael’s Street, W2 · Saint Stephen’s Gardens, W2 · Sale Place, W2 · Salisbury Street, NW8 · Scott Ellis Gardens, NW8 · Senior Street, W2 · Serpentine Bridge, W2 · Serpentine Road, SW1X · Serpentine Road, SW7 · Serpentine Road, W1J · Serpentine Road, W1K · Serpentine Road, W2 · Sheldon Square, W2 · Shrewsbury Road, W2 · Shroton Street, NW1 · Smallbrook Mews, W2 · South Wharf Road, W2 · Southwick Mews, W2 · Southwick Place, W2 · Southwick Street, W2 · Spring Street, W2 · St John’s Wood High Street, NW8 · St John’s Wood Road, NW8 · St Johns Church, W2 · St Marks Church, NW1 · St Marys Mansions, W2 · St Marys Medical School, W2 · St Marys Terrace, W2 · St Michaels Street, W2 · St Stephens Gardens, W2 · St Stephens Mews, W2 · St Stephen’s Gardens, W2 · St. John’s Hall Flats, NW8 · Stalbridge Street, NW1 · Stanhope Terrace, W2 · Star Street, W2 · Station Concourse, W2 · Strathearn Place, W2 · Sussex Gardens, W2 · Sussex Place, W2 · Sussex Square, W2 · Sutherland Place, W2 · Sutherland Place, W2 · Swain Street, NW8 · Talbot Road, W2 · Talbot Square, W2 · The Water Gardens, W2 · Tigris House Fourth Floor, W2 · Torquay Street, W2 · Transept Street, NW1 · Tresham Crescent, NW8 · Upbrook Mews, W2 · Wallace Court, NW1 · Water Gardens, W2 · Wellington Place, NW8 · Wellington Road, NW8 · West Carriage Drive, SW7 · West Carriage Drive, W2 · Westbourne Gardens, W2 · Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 · Westbourne Park Road, W2 · Westbourne Park Villas, W2 · Westbourne Street, W2 · Westbourne Terrace, W2 · Westway, W2 · Whitehaven Street, NW8 · Winsland Street, W2 · Woodchester Square, W2 ·
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