Wornington Road, W10

Road in/near North Kensington, existing between 1868 and now

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Wornington Road, W10

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2017

Wornington Road connected Golborne Road with Ladbroke Grove, though the Ladbroke end is now closed to through traffic.

Wornington Road was laid out just south of the Great Western Railway and became the site of one of the main schools of the area - Wornington Road School - now Isaac Newton School.

A plan existed, dated March 1865, called a ’Design for Laying out the Portobello Estate for Building Purposes’. The fields lying south of the Hammersmith and City Railway were then being built over and the plan addressed the remaining portion of the ’Portobello Estate’. ’Green Lane Park’ was the name proposed for the new district. This was followed by ’ Portobello Park. and later by ’Upper Westbourne Park’. According to this plan it was proposed to build rectangular streets over the whole area but the scheme was not carried out. It was late in the 1860s before any serious attempt was made to develop this district but, when once set in hand, streets of good-sized, middle-class houses soon covered the cornfield on the site of Wornington (initially proposed as Warnington) Road.

At first it had been intended that Golborne Road should cross Kensal Road and the canal, so as to connect North Kensington with Harrow Road. The Paddington Canal Company stopped this design by placing a footbridge over the canal where no thoroughfare existed. Wedlake Street Bridge, built by the London County Council, afterwards took its place. Had the original plan been carried out probably the whole district would have developed in a radically different way. Between the Great Western Railway and Portobello Road the growth of population was so rapid that the school accommodation provided by churches and chapels was quite inadequate, and Wornington Road School was the first Board-school to be built in North Kensington.

It opened on 2 March 1874. At that time the surrounding streets were inhabited by ’superior mechanics and railway employees’. To a limited extent this character has been maintained. It is difficult to trace the origin of the names of the streets in this quarter. Golbourne, now Golborne Road may be derived from Dean Goulbourne, the vicar of St. John’s, Paddington. Swinbrook is probably the name of a person, not, as suggested, the name of the brook which rose close to Portobello Farm. St. Ervan’s Road is named after a holy man whom Prebendary Denison, formerly of St. Michael and All Angels, sought for in vain in the Calendar of Saints.

Originally the junction of Wornington Road and Portobello Road formed a footpath going north. Upgraded into a road, this later became Ladbroke Grove Road and ultimately Ladbroke Grove. The footpath reached Kensal Green by means of footbridges over the Great Western Railway and the canal. This corner where Portobello and Wornington Roads met, was the site of a circus during the 1830s. Later on, donkeys - used on Wormwood Scrubs - were stabled here, and a halfpenny was charged for a ride from one end of Lavie Mews - then situated here - to the other. Its local name was long ’Donkey Mews’.

Post-war redevelopment changed Wornington Road somewhat though many of the original terraces survive.

The Golborne Road end adjoins a street market which is held every day except Sunday, specialising in produce with hot food and bric-a-brac at the weekend.


Citation information: Notting Hill in Bygone Days: St. Charles’s Ward » The
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Wornington Road on a snowy day in the 1950s.

Wornington Road on a snowy day in the 1950s.
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St Johns Terrace, W10 St Johns Terrace is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St John’s Mews, W11 St John’s Mews is a redeveloped mews off of Ledbury Road.
St Joseph’s Close, W10 St Joseph’s Close is a cul-de-sac off of Bevington Road.
St Lawrence Terrace, W10 St Lawrence Terrace is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Lukes Mews, W11 St Lukes Mews is a mews off of All Saints Road, W11.
St Luke’s Mews, W11 St Luke’s Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
St Luke’s Road, W11 St Luke’s Road is a street in Notting Hill.
St Marks Road, W10 St Marks Road lies partly in W10 and partly in W11.
St Mark’s Close, W11 St Mark’s Close is a street in Notting Hill.
St Mark’s Place, W11 St Mark’s Place is situated on the site of the former Kensington Hippodrome.
St Mark’s Road, W10 St Mark’s Road extends beyond the Westway into the W10 area.
St Mark’s Road, W11 St. Mark’s Road is a street in the Ladbroke conservation area.
St Michael’s Gardens, W10 St Michael’s Gardens lies to the south of St Michael’s Church.
Stanley Crescent, W11 Stanley Crescent was named after Edward Stanley.
Stanley Gardens Mews, W11 Stanley Gardens Mews existed between 1861 and the mid 1970s.
Stanley Gardens, W11 Stanley Gardens was built in the 1850s.
Stansbury Square, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Station Terrace, NW10 Station Terrace is a street in Willesden.
Station Walk, W10 Station Walk is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Station Walk, W11 Station Walk is a street in Notting Hill.
Stoneleigh Place, W11 Stoneleigh Place, formerly called Abbey Road, was built across a brickfield in Notting Dale.
Stoneleigh Street, W11 Stoneleigh Street runs between Treadgold Street and Stoneleigh Place.
Sutherland Place, W2 Sutherland Place is on the Westbourne Park/Paddington borders.
Sutherland Place, W2 Sutherland Place is a street in Paddington.
Sycamore Walk, W10 Queen's Park Estate
Symphony Mews, W10 Symphony Mews is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Talbot Mews, W11 Talbot Mews seems to have disappeared just after the Second Worid War.
Talbot Road, W11 The oldest part of Talbot Road lies in London, W11.
Talbot Road, W2 Talbot Road straddles the W2/W11 postcodes.
Tavistock Crescent, W11 Tavistock Crescent was where the first Notting Hill Carnival procession began on 18 September 1966.
Tavistock Mews, W11 Tavistock Mews, W11 lies off of the Portobello Road.
Tavistock Road, W11 Tavistock Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Telford Road, W10 Telford Road is one of the local streets named after prominent nineteenth century scientists.
Testerton Street, W11 Testerton Street did not survive the bulldozer in the late 1960s.
Testerton Walk, W11 Testerton Walk is a street in Notting Hill.
The Quadrant, W10 The Quadrant is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Third Avenue, W10 Third Avenue is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Thorpe Close, W10 Thorpe Close is a redevelopment of the former Thorpe Mews, laid waste by the building of the Westway.
Threshers Place, W11 Threshers Place is a quiet street with a long story.
Tolhurst Drive, W10 Tolhurst Drive is a street in the Queen's Park Estate
Tollbridge Close, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Treadgold Street, W11 Treadgold Street is part of the Avondale Park Gardens Conservation Area.
Trellick Tower, W10 Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger, completed in 1972.
Treverton Street, W10 Treverton Street, a street which survived post war redevelopment.
Trinity Mews, W10 Trinity Mews is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Verdi Crescent, W10 Verdi Crescent is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Verity Close, W11 Verity Close is a street in W11
Vernon Yard, W11 Vernon Yard is a mews off of Portobello Road.
Wakeman Road, NW10 Wakeman Road is a street in Willesden.
Walmer Road, W11 Walmer Road is the oldest street in the area, dating from the eighteenth century or before.
Walterton Road, W9 Walterton Road was the central road of a suburb which was originally proposed to called St. Peter’s Park.
Warfield Road, NW10 Warfield Road is a street in Willesden.
Warlock Road, W9 Warlock Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Waynflete Square, W10 Waynflete Square is one of the newer roads in the vicinity of Latimer Road station.
Wedlake Street, W10 Wedlake Street arrived as the second wave of building in Kensal Town was completed.
Wellington Close, W11 Wellington Close is a street in Notting Hill.
Wellington Road, NW10 Wellington Road commemorates the Duke of Wellington.
Wesley Square, W11 Wesley Square is a street in Notting Hill.
West Row, W10 West Row, W10 began its life in the early 1840s.
Westbourne Grove Mews, W11 Westbourne Grove Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Westbourne Grove, W11 Westbourne Grove is one of the main roads of Notting Hill.
Westbourne Park Road, W11 Westbourne Park Road runs between Notting Hill and the Paddington area.
Western Dwellings, W10 Western Dwellings were a row of houses, opposite the Western Gas Works, housing some of the workers.
Western Mews, W9 Western Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Westway, W10 Westway is the A40(M) motorway which runs on an elevated section along the W10/W11 border.
Wheatstone Road, W10 Wheatstone Road was the former name of the eastern section of Bonchurch Road.
Whitchurch Road, W11 Whitchurch Road connects Bramley Road with Treadgold Street.
Windsor Gardens, W9 Windsor Gardens is a street in Maida Vale.
Woodfield Crescent, W9 Woodfield Crescent was a former street in London W9.
Woodfield Place, W9 Woodfield Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Woodfield Road, W9 Woodfield Road is a street in Maida Vale.


North Kensington

North Kensington lies either side of Ladbroke Grove, W10.

North Kensington was rural until the 19th century, when it was developed as a suburb with quite large homes. By the 1880s, too many houses had been built for the upper-middle class towards whom the area was aimed. Large houses were divided into low cost flats which often degenerated into slums, as documented in the photographs of Roger Mayne.

During the 1980s, the area started to be gentrified although areas in the north west of the district at Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park remain deprived and run down to this day.

Waves of immigrants have arrived for at least a century including, but certainly not limited to, the Spanish, the Irish, the Jews, the West Indians, the Portuguese, the Moroccans and many from the Horn of Africa and Eastern Europe. This constant renewal of the population makes the area one of the most cosmopolitan in London.

The Notting Hill carnival was first staged in 1964 as a way for the local Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. After some rough times in the 1970s and 1980s when it became associated with social protest, violence and huge controversy over policing tactics, this is now Europe’s largest carnival/festival event and a major event in the London calendar. It is staged every August over the Bank holiday weekend.
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