Belsize Avenue, NW3

Road in/near Queen’s Park, existing between 1871 and now

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Belsize Avenue was once the driveway to the former Belsize House.

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Before suburbanisation the main drive leading to Belsize House (c.1500-1853) corresponded with the line of the present Belsize Avenue. The house itself had a substantial courtyard form and was surrounded by extensive gardens with views over London to the south. The surrounding land was in agricultural production with a combination of arable land and pasture supplying the capital.

Belsize Avenue was the scene of 18th century traffic jams when the grounds were used as a pleasure garden. Until 1835 a five-barred gate closed the east end of Belsize Avenue.

In 1852 Charles James Palmer, a Bloomsbury solicitor, bought the lease of Belsize House, with the intention of building. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster decided to retain control of the Avenue, keeping it undeveloped and so Palmer had to change his building layout plans.

A temporary fire station was established in Belsize Avenue during 1869, and in 1870 the Dean and Chapter finally gave Belsize Avenue to the parish of Hampstead, on condition of the vestry planting new trees as the old ones were failing.

Building, mostly by William Willett, finally proceeded on both sides of Belsize Avenue from 1871. The housing that still lines Belsize Avenue derives from the desire to develop large scale houses, set well back from the road retaining an avenue of trees along its length.

In her 1902 book "The Fascination of Hamsptead", Geraldine Mitton says: "Belsize Avenue is a park-like road, from which on the south side stretch the meadows of Belsize Park. Large elm-trees of great age throw shade across the road, and seats afford rest to those climbing the ascent to Haverstock Hill."

Due to a slump in this value of style of housing, houses in Belsize Avenue halved in value between the 1880s and the 1920s and 1930s.

Price have recovered somewhat!




Main source: A History of the County of Middlesex | British History Online
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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY



James Preston   
Added: 28 Apr 2021 09:06 GMT   

School
Was this the location of Rosslyn House prep school? I have a photograph of the Rosslyn House cricket team dated 1910 which features my grandfather (Alan Westbury Preston). He would have been 12 years old at the time. All the boys on the photo have been named. If this is the location of the school then it appears that the date of demolition is incorrect.

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Graham Margetson   
Added: 9 Feb 2021 14:33 GMT   

I lived at 4 Arkwright Road before it was the school
My parents lived at 4 Arkwright Road. Mrs Goodwin actually owned the house and my parents rented rooms from her.


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Lived here
Cassandra Green   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 14:34 GMT   

Rudall Crescent, NW3 (- 1999)
I lived at 2 Rudall Crescent until myself and my family moved out in 1999. I once met a lady in a art fair up the road who was selling old photos of the area and was very knowledgeable about the area history, collecting photos over the years. She told me that before the current houses were built, there was a large manor house , enclosed by a large area of land. She told me there had been a fire there. Im trying to piece together the story and find out what was on the land before the crescent was built. This website is very interesting.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
roger morris   
Added: 16 Oct 2021 08:50 GMT   

Atherton Road, IG5 (1958 - 1980)
I moved to Atherton road in 1958 until 1980 from Finsbury Park. My father purchased the house from his brother Sydney Morris. My father continued to live there until his death in 1997, my mother having died in 1988.
I attended The Glade Primary School in Atherton Road from sept 1958 until 1964 when I went to Beal School. Have fond memories of the area and friends who lived at no2 (Michael Clark)and no11 (Brian Skelly)

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margaret clark   
Added: 15 Oct 2021 22:23 GMT   

Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
^, Josepine House, Stepney is the address of my mother on her marriage certificate 1938. Her name was Margaret Irene Clark. Her father Basil Clark was a warehouse grocer.

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Martin Eaton    
Added: 14 Oct 2021 03:56 GMT   

Boundary Estate
Sunbury, Taplow House.

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Simon Chalton   
Added: 10 Oct 2021 21:52 GMT   

Duppas Hill Terrace 1963- 74
I’m 62 yrs old now but between the years 1963 and 1975 I lived at number 23 Duppas Hill Terrace. I had an absolutely idyllic childhood there and it broke my heart when the council ordered us out of our home to build the Ellis Davd flats there.The very large house overlooked the fire station and we used to watch them practice putting out fires in the blue tower which I believe is still there.
I’m asking for your help because I cannot find anything on the internet or anywhere else (pictures, history of the house, who lived there) and I have been searching for many, many years now.
Have you any idea where I might find any specific details or photos of Duppas Hill Terrace, number 23 and down the hill to where the subway was built. To this day it saddens me to know they knocked down this house, my extended family lived at the next house down which I think was number 25 and my best school friend John Childs the next and last house down at number 27.
I miss those years so terribly and to coin a quote it seems they just disappeared like "tears in rain".
Please, if you know of anywhere that might be able to help me in any way possible, would you be kind enough to get back to me. I would be eternally grateful.
With the greatest of hope and thanks,
Simon Harlow-Chalton.


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Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs

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Born here
jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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Born here
Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Rosslyn House Rosslyn (Roslyn) House, which stood between Wedderburn and Lyndhurst Roads, was one of the last of the famous old Hampstead houses to be destroyed.
Shepherd’s Well Shepherd’s Well, whose flow was thought to be nearly as pure as distilled water, is the source of the River Tyburn.
South End Green South End Green is the focus of a distinct Hampstead community.
St Stephen’s Church St. Stephen’s is a former church building, sited on Rosslyn Hill at its junction with Pond Street, a steep slope adjacent to the Royal Free Hospital.

NEARBY STREETS
Akenside Road, NW3 Akenside Road is a street named after a famous local resident.
Antrim Grove, NW3 Antrim Grove was Antrim Street until 1895.
Antrim Mansions, NW3 Antrim Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Antrim Road, NW3 Antrim Road is a street in Hampstead.
Aspern Grove, NW3 Aspern Grove is a street in Hampstead.
Baynes Mews, NW3 Baynes Mews is a mews within the conservation area of Belsize Park.
Belsize Court Garages, NW3 Belsize Court Garages were built by Willett in around 1880 as livery stables.
Belsize Court, NW3 Belsize Court is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Crescent, NW3 Belsize Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Grove, NW3 Belsize Grove is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Lane, NW3 Belsize Lane is a thoroughfare linking Rosslyn Hill with Swiss Cottage.
Belsize Mews, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Belsize Park Gardens, NW3 Belsize Park Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Park Mews, NW3 Belsize Park Mews lies in the Belsize Park Conservation Area.
Belsize Park, NW3 Belsize Park is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Place, NW3 Belsize Place is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Square, NW3 Belsize Square is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Terrace, NW3 Belsize Terrace is a street in Hampstead.
Cayford House, NW3 Residential block
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Cressy Road, NW3 Cressy Road was named for a famous English victory by its builder Thomas Gibb.
Daleham Gardens, NW3 Daleham Gardens dates from the 1880s.
Daleham Mews, NW3 Daleham Mews is a mews in Belsize Park.
Downside Crescent, NW3 Downside Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Elizabeth Mews, NW3 Elizabeth Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Ella Mews, NW3 Ella Mews is a street in Hampstead.
England’s Lane, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Englands Lane, NW3 Englands Lane is a street in Hampstead.
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Fitzjohn’s Avenue, NW3 Fitzjohn’s Avenue links Hampstead with Swiss Cottage.
Fleet Road, NW3 Fleet Road is a street in Hampstead.
Garnett Road, NW3 Garnett Road is a street in Hampstead.
Glenilla Road, NW3 Glenilla Road is a street in Hampstead.
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Hampstead Green, NW3 Hampstead Green is a street in Hampstead.
Haverstock Hill, NW3 Haverstock Hill is a street in Hampstead.
Hillfield Court, NW3 Hillfield Court serves a prominent art deco residential mansion block of the same name in Belsize Park.
Hillfield Court, NW3 Hillfield Court is a prominent art deco residential mansion block in Belsize Park, in the London Borough of Camden, built in 1934.
Hillfield Mansions, NW3 Hillfield Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Howitt Close, NW3 Howitt Close is a street in Hampstead.
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Lambolle Place, NW3 Lambolle Place is a street in Hampstead.
Lambolle Road, NW3 Lambolle Road is a street in Hampstead.
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Lancaster Gardens, NW3 Lancaster Gardens is a location in London.
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Lawn Road, NW3 Lawn Road is a street in Hampstead.
Lowlands, NW3 Lowlands is a street in Hampstead.
Lyndhurst Gardens, NW3 Lyndhurst Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Lyndhurst Road, NW3 Lyndhurst Road is a street in Hampstead.
Lyndhurst Terrace, NW3 Lyndhurst Terrace is a street in Hampstead.
Martys Yard, NW3 Martys Yard is a street in Hampstead.
McCrone Mews, NW3 McCrone Mews is a mews - formerly the location of a depot of the London Parcel Delivery Company.
Midland Crescent, NW3 Midland Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Ormonde Court, NW3 Ormonde Court is a street in Hampstead.
Ornan Road, NW3 Ornan Road is a street in Hampstead.
Perceval Avenue, NW3 Perceval Avenue is a street in Hampstead.
Pond Street, NW3 Pond Street is a street in Hampstead.
Primrose Gardens, NW3 Primrose Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Princess Mews, NW3 Princess Mews is a mews of Belsize Park.
Rosslyn Hill, NW3 Rosslyn Hill is a road connecting the south end of Hampstead High Street to the north end of Haverstock Hill.
Rowland Hill Street, NW3 Rowland Hill Street is a street in Hampstead.
Sumpter Close, NW3 Sumpter Close is a street in Hampstead.
Thurlow Road, NW3 Thurlow Road is a street in Hampstead.
Tower Close, NW3 Tower Close is a location in London.
Tranley Mews, NW3 Tranley Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Tudor Close, NW3 Tudor Close is a street in Hampstead.
Wandsworth Place, NW3 Wandsworth Place is a street in Hampstead.
Waterhouse Close, NW3 Waterhouse Close is a street in Hampstead.
Wedderburn Road, NW3 Wedderburn Road is a street in Hampstead.
Woodland Walk, NW3 Woodland Walk is a street in Hampstead.
Woodland Walk, NW3 Woodland Walk is a road in the NW6 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Globe Lawn Tennis Club Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The George This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Roebuck This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Stag This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The White Horse This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 1900–05, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools – some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past – are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Swiss Cottage
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South End Green
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Royal Free Hospital
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College Crescent
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Wedderburn Road, NW3
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Church Row, NW3
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Swiss Cottage
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West Country class loco 34010 'Sidmouth' has strayed onto the London Midland region on a special to Wembley Stadium and has been sent onto the Hampstead Junction line to turn. It is seen here at Hampstead Heath station on 15 May 1956.
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South End Green
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Royal Free Hospital
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Soldier’s Daughters Home from the "Illustrated London News", June 19, 1858
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St. Mary’s Town & Country School logo as a woven badge
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South Hill Park from Hampstead Ponds
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College Crescent
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Wedderburn Road, NW3
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The Winchester, Winchester Road, Swiss Cottage (1962)
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