Elvis Road, NW2

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Elvis Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area



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VIEW THE WILLESDEN GREEN AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE WILLESDEN GREEN AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE WILLESDEN GREEN AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE WILLESDEN GREEN AREA IN THE 1860s
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VIEW THE WILLESDEN GREEN AREA IN THE 1900s
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Willesden Green

A good place for those from the 14th century with particularly bad eyesight.

From the 14th to 16th centuries, Willesden was a place of pilgrimage due to the presence of two ancient statues of the Virgin Mary at the Church of St Mary. One of these statues is thought to be a Black Madonna, which was insulted by the Lollards, taken to Thomas Cromwell's house and burnt in 1538 on a large bonfire of 'notable images. including those of Walsingham, Worcester and Ipswich. There was also a 'holy well' which was thought to possess miraculous qualities, particularly for blindness and other eye disorders.

The parish of Willesden remained predominantly rural up until after 1875. However, this changed with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway (later the Metropolitan Line) station of Willesden Green on 24 November 1879. By 1906 the population had grown to 140,000, a phenomenon of rapid growth that was to be repeated in the 1920s in neighbouring areas such as Harrow. The Metropolitan Line service was withdrawn in 1940, when the station was served by the Bakerloo Line, and later the Jubilee Line. Willesden Green station has now a grand 1920s facade.

World War I caused Willesden to change from a predominantly middle class suburb to a working class part of London. After the war, Willesden grew rapidly as numerous factories opened up with numerous flats and houses. The local council encouraged building to prevent large unemployment and decline.

To the present day, Willesden has been shaped by the patterns of migration which marks it out as one of the most diverse areas in the United Kingdom. City of London Corporation records show that the first black person recorded in Brent was Sarah Eco, who was christened in St. Mary’s Church in Willesden on 15 September 1723.

The 1901 United Kingdom census recorded that 42% of the population was born in London. In 1923, the specialist coach builder Freestone and Webb established their base in Willesden, producing bespoke cars on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis until 1956.

Willesden became a municipal borough in 1933, and it is at this time that the area became predominantly working class. A small Irish community had formed in Willesden by this time, which grew rapidly during the period of the Second World War. A small Jewish community of refugees from Europe also formed during the war, with 3.5% of the population in 1951 born in Germany, Poland, Russia or Austria. During the war, Willesden suffered large damage due to the heavy concentration of industry, such as munition factories, and railways in the area.

The period from 1960 saw migrants settling from the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent. Additionally, from 1963 it was the site of the Kuo Yuan, the first Chinese restaurant to serve Pekinese dishes in Britain. Since the 1960s, Willesden has been popular with young working holidaymakers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although this popularity has declined somewhat in favour of other areas since about 2003.

Willesden went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s as much of the housing was inadequate due to overcrowding as industry was mixed with housing. The whole of central Willesden bar (the area by the Willesden Green station) was earmarked for redevelopment; however, this did not come to fruition. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the High Street to prevent it closing. It now has one of the best public libraries in the UK, Willesden Green Library Centre - an elegant building and open very long hours.

Now the area has seen another change in demographic becoming a middle class area due to its prime location and good transport links.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Avigdor Hirsch Torah Temimah Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bramley's Farm:   Willesden Farm was also known as Bramley's Farm locally.
College Green School and Services:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7.
Donnington Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Hodgson's Farm:   Hodgson's Farm stood nearly at today's meetingpoint of Chapter Road and Park Avenue.
Manor School:   Academy special converter which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Mora Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Our Lady of Grace RC Infant and Nursery School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
St Andrew and St Francis CofE Primary School:   Academy sponsor led (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Junior School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
Willesden Farm:   Willesden Farm was otherwise known as Bramley's Farm.
Willesden Green:   A good place for those from the 14th century with particularly bad eyesight.
Willesden Green Farm:   Willesden Green Farm, owned by All Souls College, Oxford, was south of the High Road, opposite Willesden Farm.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Acland Road, NW2 · Alan Coren Close, NW2 · Alexander Avenue, NW10 · All Souls Avenue, NW10 · Alverstone Road, NW2 · Amery Gardens, NW10 · Applewood Close, NW2 · Astley Avenue, NW2 · Balmoral Road, NW2 · Belton Road, NW2 · Bertie Road, NW10 · Blenheim Gardens, NW2 · Brenthurst Road, NW10 · Briar Road, NW2 · Broadfield Close, NW2 · Brondesbury Park, NW10 · Brondesbury Park, NW2 · Bryan Avenue, NW10 · Campbell Gordon Way, NW2 · Cedar Road, NW2 · Chambers Lane, NW10 · Chambers Lane, NW2 · Chandos Road, NW2 · Chanin Mews, NW2 · Chantry Crescent, NW10 · Chapel Close, NW10 · Chaplin Road, NW2 · Chapter Road, NW2 · Chelmsford Square, NW10 · Chevington, NW2 · Chudleigh Road, NW6 · Church Walk House, NW2 · Churchill Road, NW2 · Churchmead Road, NW10 · Clement Close, NW6 · Coppermead Close, NW2 · Cornwall Gardens, NW10 · Cranhurst Road, NW2 · Crediton Road, NW10 · Crome Road, NW10 · Dalmeyer Road, NW10 · Dawson Road, NW2 · Deacon Road, NW2 · Dean Road, NW10 · Denzil Road, NW10 · Dicey Avenue, NW2 · Dobree Avenue, NW10 · Dollis Hill Avenue, NW2 · Donnington Road, NW10 · Doyle Gardens, NW10 · Egerton Gardens, NW10 · Elvis Road, NW2 · Fortune Gate Road, NW10 · Gardiner Avenue, NW2 · Gay Close, NW2 · Gladstone Parade, NW2 · Gladstone Park Gardens, NW2 · Glebe Road, NW10 · Gowan Road, NW10 · Grange Road, NW10 · Griffin Close, NW10 · Grosvenor Gardens, NW2 · Grove Road, NW2 · Hanover Road, NW10 · Hanover West, NW10 · Harcourt House, NW10 · Hardinge Road, NW10 · Hawthorn Road, NW10 · Heathfield Park, NW2 · Helena Road, NW10 · Helperby Road, NW10 · Henson Avenue, NW2 · High Road, NW10 · High Road, NW2 · Hill Close, NW2 · Honeyman Close, NW2 · Honeyman Close, NW6 · Huddlestone Road, NW2 · Irwin Gardens, NW10 · Ivy Road, NW2 · James Avenue, NW2 · Jeymer Avenue, NW2 · Kenneth Crescent, NW2 · Kenneth Cresent, NW2 · Kings Parade, NW10 · Kings Road, NW10 · Knapp Close, NW10 · Langton Road, NW2 · Larch Road, NW2 · Lechmere Road, NW2 · Leighton Gardens, NW10 · Lennon Road, NW2 · Liddell Gardens, NW10 · Linacre Road, NW10 · Linacre Road, NW2 · Litchfield Gardens, NW10 · Longberrys, NW2 · Longley Way, NW2 · Lydford Road, NW2 · Marley Walk, NW2 · Marlow Court, NW6 · Mascotts Close, NW2 · Maybury Gardens, NW10 · Melrose Avenue, NW2 · Meredith Avenue, NW2 · Meyrick Road, NW10 · Millennium Business Centre Humber Trading Estate, NW2 · Milverton Road, NW6 · Mora Road, NW2 · Mount Pleasant Road, NW10 · Mount Pleasant Road, NW2 · Mount Pleasant Road, NW6 · Mount Road, NW2 · Newfield Rise, NW2 · Newton Road, NW2 · Okehampton Road, NW6 · Olive Road, NW2 · Oman Avenue, NW2 · Osborne Road, NW2 · Oxleys Road, NW2 · Park Avenue North, NW10 · Park Avenue, NW2 · Park Lodge, NW2 · Park Side, NW2 · Parkfield Road, NW10 · Peter Avenue, NW10 · Phillimore Gardens, NW10 · Pinemartin Close, NW2 · Pound Lane, NW10 · Preston Place, NW2 · Queens Parade, NW2 · Regency Mews High Road, NW10 · Regency Mews, NW10 · Regency Street, NW10 · Riffel Road, NW2 · Roman Road, NW2 · Rowan House, NW10 · Rowdon Avenue, NW10 · Rusper Close, NW2 · Rutland Park, NW2 · Saint Pauls Avenue, NW2 · Sancroft Close, NW2 · Sandringham Road, NW2 · Selbie Avenue, NW10 · Severn Way, NW10 · Sherrick Green Road, NW10 · Shobroke Close, NW2 · Sidmouth Parade, NW2 · Sidmouth Road, NW2 · Sneyd Road, NW2 · St Andrews Close, NW2 · St Andrews Road, NW10 · St Gabriels Road, NW2 · St Michaels Road, NW2 · St Pauls Avenue, NW2 · St. Pauls Avenue, NW2 · Stanley Gardens, NW2 · Station Parade, NW2 · Staverton Road, NW2 · Sterling Close, NW10 · Stoll Close, NW2 · Strode Road, NW10 · Temple Road, NW2 · The Crescent, NW2 · Topp Walk, NW2 · Tower Road, NW10 · Tracey Avenue, NW2 · Trevelyan Gardens, NW10 · Tudor Mews, NW10 · Unity Close, NW10 · Villiers Road, NW10 · Villiers Road, NW2 · Walm Lane, NW2 · Wharton Close, NW10 · White Hart Lane, NW10 · Willesden Lane, NW2 · Windmill Court, NW2 · Windsor Road, NW2 · Wotton Road, NW2 · Wren Avenue, NW2 ·
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Land ownership in Willesden (1823) FREE DOWNLOAD
Map of land ownership in the Willesden area in 1823
City of London Corporation

John Rocque Map of Hampstead (1762).
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map of Hampstead covers an area stretching from the edge in the northwest of present-day Dollis Hill to Islington in the southeast.
John Rocque, The Strand, London

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)
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