Earl’s Court

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Earls Court is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Earl’s Court has undergone a remarkable transformation over the centuries. Once a rural area characterised by green fields and market gardens, it was part of the ancient manor of Kensington under the lordship of the Vere family - the Earls of Oxford - for over 500 years. The Vere family were descendants of Aubrey de Vere, who held the manor of Geoffrey de Montbray, bishop of Coutances, as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The earls held their manorial court at the site now known as Old Manor Yard, adjacent to the present-day Earl’s Court Underground station.

The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR) station between 1865 and 1869 marked a turning point in the development of Earl’s Court. On 12 April 1869, the MDR (now the District Line) extended its tracks through Earl’s Court, connecting its station at Gloucester Road to West Brompton, where it established an interchange with the West London Extension Joint Railway. Earl’s Court station itself opened in 1871.

In the following 25 years, Earl’s Court underwent a dramatic transformation, evolving into a densely populated suburb with 1200 houses and two churches. The development of the area progressed rapidly, with the construction of Eardley Crescent and Kempsford Gardens between 1867 and 1873, followed by the commencement of building in Earl’s Court Square and Longridge Road in 1873. Nevern Place was developed in 1874, Trebovir Road and Philbeach Gardens in 1876, and Nevern Square in 1880.

After the Second World War, Earl’s Court became a popular destination for Polish immigrants, earning Earl’s Court Road the nickname "The Danzig Corridor." In the late 1960s, the area became a hub for Australian and New Zealand travellers, gaining the moniker "Kangaroo Valley." At the time, it was one of the most affordable areas in close proximity to central London. Until the 1990s, Earl’s Court remained a relatively less affluent district compared to its more upscale neighbours to the north and west.

In recent years, the demographics of Earl’s Court have shifted, with many of the Australian and New Zealand residents moving to more affordable areas further north and west. This change can be attributed to the rapid increase in property prices during the early 2000s and the ongoing gentrification of the area. Although there is still a significant presence of students and individuals on temporary visas, the economic divide between the eastern and western parts of Earl’s Court illustrates the extent of the transformation the area has undergone.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
   
Added: 20 Jul 2024 01:13 GMT   

Whitechapel (1980 - 1981)
Diana Lee-Gobbitt - Artist rented a room at No 1 Berner Street, Whitechapel, opposite Church Passage (Ripper territory) for one year, rent approx 3 pounds pw. Worked as Receptionist for n Indian import/export company in the Watney Markets. Owner of No 1 Berner Street was Sammy Ferrugia, Maltese Taxi company owner. The artist was shown the gambling den in Dutfield’s Yard behind the terrace houses. It was common local knowledge prostitution was high end income for those in the East End during the 1950s.

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Added: 7 Jul 2024 16:26 GMT   

Haycroft Gardens, NW10
My Grandfather bought No 45 Buchanan Gdns in I believe 1902 and died ther in the early 1950s

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Added: 7 Jul 2024 16:20 GMT   

Haycroft Gardens, NW10
I lived in No 7 from 1933 to 1938

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Sylvia guiver   
Added: 4 Jul 2024 14:52 GMT   

Grandparents 1937 lived 37 Blandford Square
Y mother and all her sisters and brother lived there, before this date , my parent wedding photographers were take in the square, I use to visit with my mother I remember the barge ballon in the square in the war.

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Born here
Roy Mathieson   
Added: 27 Jun 2024 16:25 GMT   

St Saviours
My great grandmother was born in Bowling Green Lane in 1848. The family moved from there to Earl Terrace, Bermondsey in 1849. I have never been able to locate Earl Terrace on maps.

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Added: 26 Jun 2024 13:10 GMT   

Buckhurst Street, E1
Mt grandfather, Thomas Walton Ward had a musical instrument workshop in Buckhurst Street from 1934 until the street was bombed during the war. Grandfather was a partner in the musical instrument firm of R.J. Ward and Sons of Liverpool. He died in 1945 and is buried in a common grave at Abney Park Cemetery.

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Lived here
Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

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Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vickers Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Coleherne House Coleherne House once stood on the corner of Brompton Lane (later Brompton Road) and Walnut Tree Lane (now Redcliffe Gardens).
Cromwell Curve The Cromwell Curve was a short section of railway line between Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.
Earl’s Court Earls Court is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Earl’s Court Farm Earl’s Court Farm is pictured here as it was in 1867, before the opening of the underground station two years later.
Goodwins Field Goodwins Field - a field with a story.
New Local Government Network Nokes Estate was an agricultural estate in the Earl’s Court area, formerly known as Wattsfield.
The Great Wheel Hungarian impresario Imre Kiralfy arranged for the installation of a giant Ferris wheel, inspired by one at the 1893 Chicago Exhibition.

NEARBY STREETS
Ambassador’s Court, SW5 Ambassador’s Court is a block on the corner of Courtfield Gardens and Collingham Road (Earl’s Court)
Ashburn Gardens, SW7 Ashburn Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area (Gloucester Road)
Ashburn House, SW5 Ashburn House is a block on Collingham Road (Gloucester Road)
Ashley Cottages, SW5 Ashley Cottages dated from the 1860s
Astwood Mews, SW7 Astwood Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Barkston Gardens, SW5 Barkston Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Bolton Gardens Mews, SW10 Bolton Gardens Mews is a road in the SW10 postcode area (Chelsea)
Bolton Gardens, SW5 Bolton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Boltons Court, SW5 Boltons Court is a block on Old Brompton Road (Earl’s Court)
Boltons Place, SW5 Boltons Place is a road in the SW5 postcode area (Brompton)
Bramham Gardens, SW5 Bramham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
BurtonWhite House, SW5 BurtonWhite House can be found on West Cromwell Road (Earl’s Court)
Chatsworth Court, W8 Chatsworth Court is a block on Pembroke Road (Kensington)
Childs Place, SW5 Childs Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Cluney Mews, SW5 Cluny Mews, Philbeach Gardens and Warwick Road was the work of a family of builders - the Mineard family who worked on this area between 1876 and 1891
Colbeck Mews, SW7 Colbeck Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area (Gloucester Road)
Coleherne Road, SW10 Coleherne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area (Chelsea)
Collingham Gardens, SW5 Collingham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Collingham Place, SW5 Collingham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Collingham Road, SW5 Collingham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Corelli Court, SW5 Corelli Court is a block on West Cromwell Road
Courtfield Gardens, SW5 Courtfield Gardens is named after the field beneath it, cultivated until the 19th century (Earl’s Court)
Cromwell Crescent, SW5 Cromwell Crescent is a road in the SW5 postcode area (Earl’s Court)
Cromwell Road, SW5 The road was named after one of Cromwell’s sons who lived here (Earl’s Court)
Eardley Crescent, SW5 Eardley Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (West Brompton)
Earls Court Gardens, SW5 Earls Court Gardens runs from Earl’s Court station to Knaresborough Place (Earl’s Court)
Earls Court Road, SW5 Earls Court Road is the high street of the Earl’s Court area (Earl’s Court)
Earls Court Square, SW5 Earls Court Square is a residential square (Earl’s Court)
Emperor’s Gate, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area (Kensington)
Emperors Gate, SW7 Emperors Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area (Kensington)
Euro House, SW5 Euro House is a block on Warwick Road
Farnell Mews, SW5 Farnell Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Fenelon Road, SW5 Fenelon Road - at first Alma Road - was created in the 1850s but disappeared during the 1960s
Gledhow Gardens, SW5 Gledhow Gardens is a road in the SW5 postcode area (Brompton)
Grenville Place, SW7 Grenville Place connects Cornwall Gardens and Launceston Place in the north with Cromwell Road in the south (Kensington)
Hesper Mews, SW5 Hesper Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Hogarth Place, SW5 Hogarth Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Hogarth Road, SW5 Hogarth Road had been developed as South Row (Earl’s Court)
Inkerman House, SW5 Inkerman House is a block on Nevern Road
Kempsford Gardens, SW5 Kempsford Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (West Brompton)
Kenway Road, SW5 Kenway Road was originally called North Row (Earl’s Court)
Knaresborough House, SW5 Knaresborough House is located on Knaresborough Place (Earl’s Court)
Knaresborough Place, SW5 Knaresborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Kramer Mews, SW5 Kramer Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Chelsea)
Langham Mansions, SW5 Langham Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Laverton Place, SW5 Laverton Place is a road in the SW5 postcode area (Earl’s Court)
Lexham Gardens, W8 Lexham Gardens is a street in Kensington (Kensington)
Lexham House, W8 Lexham House is a block on Lexham Gardens (Kensington)
Logan Place, W8 Logan Place is a road in the W8 postcode area (Earl’s Court)
Longridge Road, SW5 Longridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Marlborough Court, W8 Marlborough Court is a block on Logan Place (Earl’s Court)
Matthias House, SW5 Matthias House is a building on Philbeach Gardens
McLeod’s Mews, SW7 McLeod’s Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area (Kensington)
Melbourne House, SW5 Melbourne House is a block on Collingham Road (Earl’s Court)
Nevern Place, SW5 Nevern Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Nevern Road, SW5 Nevern Road was laid out after 1873
Nevern Square, SW5 Nevern Square is a charming garden square situated in the Earl’s Court area
Old Brompton Road, SW5 Old Brompton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Chelsea)
Old Manor Yard, SW5 Old Manor Yard runs beside Earl’s Court station (Earl’s Court)
Pembroke Gardens, W8 Pembroke Gardens is a road in the W8 postcode area (Kensington)
Pembroke Road, SW5 Pembroke Road is a street in Kensington (Earl’s Court)
Pembroke Villas, W8 Pembroke Villas is a road in the W8 postcode area (Kensington)
Pembroke Walk, W8 Pembroke Walk is a road in the W8 postcode area (Kensington)
Pennant Mews, SW5 Pennant Mews is a street in Kensington (Kensington)
Penywern Road, SW5 Penywern Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Philbeach Gardens, SW5 Philbeach Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
PO Box 4, SW5 Earl’s Court Square is located on Earl’s Court Squar (Earl’s Court)
Redcliffe Close, SW5 Redcliffe Close is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Redfield Lane, SW5 Redfield Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Rupert House, SW5 Rupert House is a building on Nevern Square
Sherborne Court, SW5 Sherborne Court is a block on the corner of Cromwell Road and Marloes Road (Earl’s Court)
Sibyl Thorndike Casson House, SW5 Sibyl Thorndike Casson House is a block on Kramer Mews (West Brompton)
South Bolton Gardens, SW5 South Bolton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Brompton)
Spear Mews, SW5 Spear Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Templeton Place, SW5 Templeton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
The Little Boltons, SW10 The Little Boltons - originally called "The Grove" - connects Old Brompton Road with Tregunter Road (Chelsea)
The Mansions, SW5 The Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Earl’s Court)
Trebouir Road, SW5 Trebouir Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Trebovir Road, SW5 Trebovir Road was begun in 1876
Wallgrave Road, SW5 Wallgrave Road was built from 1860 on land owned by Charles Wallgrave. (Earl’s Court)
Warwick Road, SW5 Warwick Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Weir Road, SW5 Weir Road is a road in the SW17 postcode area (Earl’s Court)
West Cromwell Road, SW5 West Cromwell Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area
Wetherby Gardens, SW5 Wetherby Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Brompton)
Wetherby Mansions, SW5 Wetherby Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area (Chelsea)
Wetherby Mews, SW5 Wetherby Mews is a road in the SW5 postcode area (Earl’s Court)
Wharfedale Street, SW10 This is a street in the SW10 postcode area (Chelsea)
Yale House, SW5 Yale House is a block on Old Brompton Road (Chelsea)

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