Category: Kilburn

Kilburn Wells

The fashion for taking ‘medicinal waters’ in the 18th century came to Kilburn when a well of chalybeate waters (water impregnated with iron) was discovered near the Bell Inn in 1714. In an attempt to compete with the nearby Hampstead Well, gardens and a ‘great room’ were opened to promote the well, and its waters …

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1800: London W10

This map of the 1800 countryside in the area which covers today’s London W10 postcode has been compiled by The Underground Map from various sources. As its main source, the Milne map of London shows the landuse of fields and the routes of lanes. An 1834 map of Marylebone Parish provided field names up to …

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Shopping in Kilburn High Road (1970s)

What an evocative photo of Kilburn High Road this is – Dolcis, M&S, Lilley & Skinner – all in a row

Outside the entrance to the Terrace in Kilburn

  This evocative photo dates from 1908.

Keats in Kilburn

Kilburn was once a very rural spot. It was in Kilburn Meadows one evening that Keats recited his ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ to a companion ‘in a low, tremulous undertone’. Keats had a friend in the area, the poet Leigh Hunt who once lived at West End, ‘out of the stir and smoke of this …

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The Gaumont State Cinema

Designed by George Coles and opened in 1937, the Gaumont State was one of the biggest auditoria in Europe, with seating for 4004 people. The name “State” is said to come from the 37 metre tower, inspired by the Empire State Building in New York City. It can be seen for miles around, and bears …

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Eresby Road

This photo dates from the 1880s and shows the junction between Kilburn High Road and a road called Eresby Road. This ran from Kingsgate Road to Kilburn High Road with a turning for Kingsgate Place about halfway down. Eresby Road was laid out in 1879 – across the southern part of the Little Estate, owned …

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Kilburn Bridge Farm

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website Watling Street has long been running through Kilburn. The road stretched in Roman times from Dover to Wroxeter in Shropshire. Kilburn was a stopping point on the way to Willesden’s ‘Black Madonna’ shrine, and in turn a destination in itself to take …

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The development of Kilburn

A chronological guide to the development of this part of north west London.   1134 The name Kilburn is recorder as Cuneburna, the royal or possibly cow’s stream, was applied to the priory built beside the stream and later to the whole neighbourhood on both sides of Edgware Road. Before c. 1134 there was a …

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Go west young man/woman

We have added lots of new mapping to The Underground Map. A whole adjacent area to the southwest of Kilburn has been opened up, from Willesden in the north west to Westbourne Green in the south east. The new area is roughly contiguous to the W10 postal area with remaining parts of NW6 and sections …

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