Category Archive: W12

Aug 08

Braybrook Street, W12

Braybrook Street is a residential road on the Old Oak council estate bordering Wormwood Scrubs and Wormwood Scrubs prison, first laid out in the 1920s. The 1966 Massacre of Braybrook Street, involved the murder of three police officers in London by Harry Roberts and two others. The officers had stopped to question the three occupants …

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Jun 02

Wood Lane (1914)

There was for a time a bewildering confusion of station names in the Shepherd’s Bush area, because the London & South Western Railway, which ran trains along the tracks of the West London Railway through Addison Road, in 1869 constructed a branch line which curved westwards from Addison Road down to Richmond with stations eventually …

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Dec 29

Shepherd’s Bush Market

Shepherd’s Bush Market is located on the east side of the railway viaduct for the Hammersmith and City Tube line, and is bordered on the north side by the Uxbridge Road, and on the south by the Goldhawk Road. The market sits on land owned by Transport for London and is the subject (at time …

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Jun 28

Westway roundabout

A view of the “M41” roundabout under construction at the far end of the Westway. In the first photograph you can see Western Avenue extending into the distance. In the close-up, construction workers building a roundabout which ultimately had no real purpose…

Apr 07

Wood Lane, W12

In the 1780s, Wood Lane was known as Turvens Lane after Turvens House located a short distance north of Shepherd’s Bush Green. By the 1830s it had received its current name. In the 1860s the railway arrived with a line running parallel with Wood Lane but the area was still rural in character with the …

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Mar 27

The modern marathon – invented at White City

The 1908 Olympics are commemorated with a list of athletes inscribed on the side of the BBC Broadcast Centre Building in White City, London W12, and the athletics finish line is marked in the paving outside the building. When the modern Olympics began in Athens in 1896, a race of 40 kilometres, or 24.85 miles, …

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Jan 21

Make West-Way Safe!

In January 1937, a march took place over one of the safety crossings on the Westway, protesting against the high speeds on the road and lobbying for a 30mph speed limit. The “Westway” was the colloquial name for that part of the Western Avenue between Western Circus, East Acton and where it reached its terminus …

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