Blondin Avenue, W5

Road in/near Northfields, existing between 1932 and now

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2021

Blondin Avenue is named after 19th century acrobat Blondin.

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Jean-François Gravelet was known as Charles Blondin and reknowned for his acrobatic feats such as tightrope crossings of Niagara Falls. During one of these he carried his manager on his back and on another he stopped halfway across to cook an omelette.

Blondin performed in London where Charles Dickens said: "half of London is here eager for some dreadful accident".

Blondin retired to Ealing and died at his home Niagara House in 1897. Niagara House and Blondin Avenue were formerly the site of part of Hugh Ronalds’ renowned nursery.

Niagara Avenue is parallel, just to the south of Blondin Avenue.




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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 09:12 GMT   

Dunloe Avenue, N17
I was born in 1951,my grandparents lived at 5 Dunloe Avenue.I had photos of the coronation decorations in the area for 1953.The houses were rented out by Rowleys,their ’workers yard’ was at the top of Dunloe Avenue.The house was fairly big 3 bedroom with bath and toilet upstairs,and kitchenette downstairs -a fairly big garden.My Grandmother died 1980 and the house was taken back to be rented again

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 08:59 GMT   

Spigurnell Road, N17
I was born and lived in Spigurnell Road no 32 from 1951.My father George lived in Spigurnell Road from 1930’s.When he died in’76 we moved to number 3 until I got married in 1982 and moved to Edmonton.Spigurnell Road was a great place to live.Number 32 was 2 up 2 down toilet out the back council house in those days

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Lewis   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 20:48 GMT   

Ploy
Allotment

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Comment
   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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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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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
South Ealing South Ealing is notable in Underground trivia for having, along with Mansion House, every vowel in its name.

NEARBY STREETS
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Bramley Road, W5 Bramley Road ultimately links South Ealing and Northfields stations.
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Carlyle Road, W5 Carlyle Road is a street in Ealing.
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Chandos Avenue, W5 Chandos Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Convent Gardens, W5 Convent Gardens is a road in the W5 postcode area
Cranmer Avenue, W13 Cranmer Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Creighton Road, W5 Creighton Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Darwin Road, W5 Darwin Road is a street in Ealing.
Derwent Road, W5 Derwent Road is a street in Ealing.
Derwent Yard, W5 Derwent Yard is a street in Ealing.
Devonshire Road, W5 Devonshire Road is a street in Ealing.
Dorset Road, W5 Dorset Road is a street in Ealing.
Ealing Park Gardens, W5 Ealing Park Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Ealing Park Mansions, W5 Ealing Park Mansions is a street in Ealing.
Fulmer Way, W13 Fulmer Way is a street in Ealing.
Green Avenue, W13 Green Avenue is a road in the W13 postcode area
Hereford Road, W5 Hereford Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Hollies Road, W5 Hollies Road is a street in Ealing.
Jefferson Close, W13 Jefferson Close is a road in the W13 postcode area
Julien Road, W5 Julien Road is named after a variety of apple.
Junction Road, W5 Junction Road is a street in Ealing.
Lawrence Road, W5 Lawrence Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Little Ealing Lane, W5 Little Ealing Lane is a street in Ealing.
Littlewood Close, W13 Littlewood Close is a road in the W13 postcode area
Mayo Court, W13 Mayo Court is a road in the W13 postcode area
Murray Road, W5 Murray Road is a street in Ealing.
Netherbury Road, W5 Netherbury Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Niagara Avenue, W5 Niagara Avenue is named after the former Niagara House.
Northfield Avenue, W5 Northfield Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Overdale Road, W5 Overdale Road is a street in Ealing.
Radbourne Avenue, W5 Radbourne Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Redwood Grove, W5 Redwood Grove is a road in the W5 postcode area
Ridley Avenue, W13 Ridley Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Swyncombe Avenue, W5 Swyncombe Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Temple Road, W5 Temple Road is a street in Ealing.
Trent Avenue, W5 Trent Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Wellington Road, W5 Wellington Road is not named after a Duke but an apple.
Weymouth Avenue, W5 Weymouth Avenue dates from the period of the First World War.
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NEARBY PUBS
Players Wine Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
T.J Duffy’S (Pub) This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Plough This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Northfields

Northfields is a residential area centred on Northfield Avenue, a shopping street of mostly independent shops and restaurants.

The Plough Inn at the junction of Little Ealing Lane and Northfields Avenue existed by 1722 but the area was otherwise rural with just a few houses along Little Ealing Lane. The main form of agriculture was orchards. The arrival of the railway prompted development of the area.

The acrobat and tightrope walker Charles Blondin (famed for crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope) lived in Northfields from 1886 until his death in 1897 in a house on the site of what is now Niagara House. From 1815 to 1817 John Quincy Adams, later to become the 6th President of the United States lived with his family at Little Boston House in Windmill Road.

Northfields station opened as Northfield (Ealing) on 16 April 1908 and was renamed as Northfields and Little Ealing on 11 December 1911.

In the early 1930s a new Northfields station was built in conjunction with the preparations for the introduction of Piccadilly line services and the new Northfields depot that would house its trains. Located on the opposite side of Northfields Avenue to its predecessor, the new station was designed by Charles Holden. The new station opened on 19 May 1932 with the current name.


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