Mill Lane, NW6

Road in/near West Hampstead, existing between the 1740s and now

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Mill Lane, NW6

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Mill Lane forms the boundary between Fortune Green and West Hampstead.

Mill Lane was formerly Shoot-up-Hill Lane. The present name is derived from a mill which stood in the Edgware Road, and was burnt in 1861, owing to the friction caused by the high velocity of the sails in a gale of wind.

A building called Kilburn Mill marked the western end of the lane.

According to ’The Fascination of Hampstead’ written by Mrs Geraldine Mitton in 1902: "Mill Lane was widened by the Vestry, and now runs between rows of small houses, all of modern date. At the top of Aldred Road is a big brick building, the Field Lane Boys’ Industrial School. At the corner of the same road stood an unpretentious little church, built in 1871; it has been pulled down in the last few years. A little further eastward in Mill Lane is a national school looking rather like a chapel."


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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Beckford’s Estate Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.
Canterbury House In the last half of the nineteenth century, a white house called Canterbury was built on the then southern fringes of West End.
Cedars A local West Hampstead builder, Thomas Potter, constructed Cedars in 1878.
Cholmley Lodge Cholmley Lodge, a two storeyed stuccoed house, was built in 1813.
Cock and Hoop The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
Earlsfields Between Thorplands on the east and Shoot Up Hill on the west lay several fields called Earlsfields.
Flitcroft Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.
Fortune Green Fortune Green was originally part of the district of Hampstead but became physically separated from it by the building of the new turnpike road (now Finchley Road) in the 1830s.
Fortune Green Fortune Green lies to the north of the ancient village of West End.
Hackney College The Village Itinerancy Society, a Congregationalist college, was transformed into Hackney Theological Seminary.
Hillfield By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.
Jacksfield Jacksfield was one of the smaller but well-documented copyhold estates in the West Hampstead area.
Lauriston Lodge Lauriston Lodge, now the site of Dene Mansions, was a large house in West Hampstead.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s) Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.
National School A National School was established in West End during 1844.
New West End New West End was created in the 1840s on the Finchley Road.
Poplar House Poplar House was occupied by one of the first developers of West Hampstead, Thomas Potter.
Potter’s Iron Foundry In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.
Ripley House Jeremy Jepson Ripley built a house and coach house after 1814, with a large garden north of Lauriston Lodge.
Sandwell House Sandwell House was owned by three generations of the Wachter family.
The Black Lion The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
Thorplands Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.
Treherne House Treherne House was built in the mid eighteenth century,
West Cottages, NW6 Cottages in London NW6.
West End Hall West End Hall (once called New West End Hall) was one of the mansions of West End (West Hampstead).
Woodbine Cottage Woodbine Cottage was situated at the south-eastern corner of the Flitcroft estate.

NEARBY STREETS
Achilles Road, NW6 Achilles Road is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Agamemnon Road, NW6 Agamemnon Road runs from Ajax Road to Hillfield Road.
Ajax Road, NW6 Ajax Road was first developed in 1886.
Aldred Road, NW6 Aldred Road was named after Aldred, Archbishop of York.
Asmara Road, NW2 Asmara Road is a named after the capital city of Eritrea.
Avenue Mansions, NW3 Avenue Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Barlow Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Berridge Mews, NW6 Berridge Mews is in Fortune Green, NW6
Bracknell Way, NW3 Bracknell Way is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Brassey Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Broomsleigh Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Buckingham Mansions, NW6 Buckingham Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Burrard Road, NW6 Burrard Road runs north from Fortune Green Road.
Cannon Hill, NW6 Cannon Hill is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Carlton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Cholmley Gardens, NW6 Cholmley Gardens is an unofficial road off of Mill Lane, Fortune Green, NW6
Croftway, NW3 Croftway is a street in Hampstead.
Dennington Park Road, NW6 About 1881 Dennington Park Road was constructed on the line of Sweetbriar Walk, the old path to Lauriston Lodge.
Dornfell Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Fawley Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Fortune Green Road, NW6 Fortune Green Road is the main road running through Fortune Green, NW6
Garlinge Road, NW6 Garlinge Road connects Shoot Up Hill with Fordwych Road.
Glastonbury Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Glenbrook Road, NW6 Glenbrook Road lies to the west of West Hampstead.
Gondar Gardens, NW6 Gondar Gardens is the westernmost street in Fortune Green, NW6
Hall Oak Walk, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Harvard Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Hillfield Road, NW6 Hillfield Road is named for an old West Hampstead agricultural estate.
Holmdale Road, NW6 Holmdale Road runs from Mill Lane to Dennington Park Road in West Hampstead.
Honeybourne Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Ingham Road, NW6 Ingham Road is a street in Hampstead.
Inglewood House, NW6 Inglewood House is on the corner of West End Lane and Inglewood Road.
Inglewood Road, NW6 Inglewood Road, NW6 was one of the last roads to be built in West End, West Hampstead.
Kingdon Road, NW6 Kingdon Road connects Sumatra Road and Dennington Park Road.
Kingscroft Road, NW2 Kingscroft Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Liddell Road, NW6 Liddell Road was named after an old West Hampstead estate.
Lyncroft Gardens, NW6 Lyncroft Gardens is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Marlborough Mansions, NW6 Marlborough Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Menelik Road, NW2 Menelik Road runs from Westbere Road to Minster Road.
Narcissus Road, NW6 Narcissus Road lies in London NW6
Norman Terrace, NW6 Norman Terrace is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Orestes Mews, NW6 Orestes Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Pandora Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Parsifal Road, NW6 Parsifal Road runs from Finchley Road to Fortune Green Road.
Ravenshaw Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Rose Joan Mews, NW6 Rose Joan Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Saint Cuthberts Road, NW2 This is a street in the NW2 postcode area
Salmon Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Sandwell Crescent, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Sarre Road, NW2 Sarre Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Solent Road, NW6 Solent Road is a street in West Hampstead.
Somali Road, NW2 Somali Road is a street in Cricklewood.
St Cuthbert’s Road, NW2 St Cuthbert?s Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Studholme Court, NW3 Studholme Court is a street in Hampstead.
Sumatra Road, NW6 Sumatra Road, NW6 dates from the 1870s.
The Mansions, NW6 The Mansions is a residential block on the north side of Mill Lane.
The Octagon 527a, NW3 The Octagon 527a is a location in London.
Ulysses Road, NW6 Ulysses Road is one of a series of streets named after the Trojan War.
Wayne Kirkum Way, NW2 Wayne Kirkum Way is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Welbeck Mansions, NW6 Welbeck Mansions, flats notable for their ironwork balconies, were built north of Inglewood Road in 1897.
West Cottages, NW6 West Cottages is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Westbere Road, NW2 Westbere Road is a street in Cricklewood.


West Hampstead

The name "West Hampstead" was a 19th century invention - the original name was West End.

Lacking its own supply of spring water and situated away from the main roads, medieval West End barely qualified as a hamlet until a few country houses were built here from the 17th century onwards. The tendency for West End Lane to become impassably muddy after heavy rain further enhanced the hamlet's isolation.

By 1815 West End was still excep­tionally quiet – so much so that its inhab­itants claimed to have heard the cannon fire at Waterloo. The construction of the Finchley Road in the 1830s brought few additions to a population that consisted of a handful of squires and some farm labourers, gardeners and craftsmen. By 1851 West End had one inn and two beershops.

Railways were the prime stimulus of growth in many country corners of modern London but few places were trans­formed as wholly as West End. With the arrival of the Hampstead Junction Railway in 1857, the Midland Railway in 1868 and the Metro­politan and St John’s Wood Railway in 1879, the new suburb of West Hampstead spread in all directions.

Rapid development in the 1880s and 1890s swept away the large houses and the streets were laid out in today's pattern. A local estate agent in Kilburn claimed that he coined the name ‘West Hampstead’, for one of the local railway stations. Public amenities such as street lighting, gas and electricity were provided and much of the frontage to West End Lane was developed as shops.

Some of the new estates were the work of big developers like the United Land Company, whose inclination was to build fairly densely, and during the latter decades of the 19th century parts of West Hampstead became increasingly working-class in character, with policeman, travelling salesmen and railwaymen mixing with clerks and artisans. Engin­eering workshops operated near the railway lines.

Twentieth-century building was limited mainly to interwar blocks of flats in the north of the district, often in place of Victorian houses that had already become run-down.

The West Hampstead ward now has relatively few families and a great number of young single people. A large proportion of homes are privately rented and fewer than a quarter of adults are married, compared with more than half for the country as a whole. This socio-economic profile is evident in the upmarket cafés that have lined West End Lane in recent years.

Famous West Hampstead residents have included the singers Dusty Springfield, Joan Armat­rading, Olivia Newton John and Jimmy Somerville, author Doris Lessing, actresses Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson, and the playwright Joe Orton, who lived on West End Lane with his lover Kenneth Halliwell from 1951 to 1959. Stephen Fry has also lived here.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Extract from the London Gazette
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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Victorian art work
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Kilburn Grange Park
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Grangeway, NW6
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Billy Fury Way
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In the neighbourhood...

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Brondesbury Station in 1961. The view is to the northeast towards Dalston Junction and Broad Street. In the distance can be seen the overbridge carrying the Metropolitan and LNER (ex-Great Central) six lines into Baker Street and Marylebone.
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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Parsifal Road, NW6 was approved in 1883. Between 1890 and 1897, thirteen large detached and semi-detached houses were built in the road in a distinctive Hampstead fin-de-siècle style.
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Houses in Dennington Park Road
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Narcissus Road, an album by The Hours.
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Sumatra Road, West Hampstead. Houses opposite Kingdon Road.
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