Finchley Road, NW3

Road in/near Swiss Cottage, existing between 1835 and now.

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Finchley Road is one of north London’s main roads.

It was originally named Finchley New Road and it was built as a turnpike to provide a bypass to a much hillier route north through the village of Hampstead. Haverstock Hill and Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead were difficult for horses with carriages to negotiate when muddy.

The Finchley Road Act was passed in 1826 and by 1835, the new turnpike road was complete. It ran north from what was then called the ’New Road’ (now Euston Road and Marylebone Road). Four miles further north, the road crosses the boundary of Finchley and its name becomes Regents Park Road (after the reverse destination). Originally there was a tollgate at Childs Hill.

Once Finchley Road was finished in the 1830s, many large houses were built alongside it - especially at Fortune Green and Childs Hill.

By 1856 up to ten Atlas Line stage coaches a day ran along Finchley Road. Atlas Line was based at Swiss Cottage. Bus services started before 1880. Motor buses had replaced horse omnibuses by 1911.

Today the route follows the A41 which becomes Finchley Road at St John’s Wood tube station and runs to the North Circular Road at Henlys Corner.




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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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Chris hutchison   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 03:04 GMT   

35 broadhurst gardens.
35 Broadhurst gardens was owned by famous opera singer Mr Herman “Simmy”Simberg. He had transformed it into a film and recording complex.
There was a film and animation studio on the ground floor. The recording facilities were on the next two floors.
I arrived in London from Australia in 1966 and worked in the studio as the tea boy and trainee recording engineer from Christmas 1966 for one year. The facility was leased by an American advertising company called Moreno Films. Mr Simbergs company Vox Humana used the studio for their own projects as well. I worked for both of them. I was so lucky. The manager was another wonderful gentleman called Jack Price who went on to create numerous songs for many famous singers of the day and also assisted the careers of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. “Simmy” let me live in the bedsit,upper right hand window. Jack was also busy with projects with The Troggs,Bill Wyman,Peter Frampton. We did some great sessions with Manfred Mann and Alan Price. The Cream did some demos but that was before my time. We did lots of voice over work. Warren Mitchell and Ronnie Corbett were favourites. I went back in 1978 and “Simmy “ had removed all of the studio and it was now his home. His lounge room was still our studio in my minds eye!!


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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT


   
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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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

Ellen Place, E1
My mother’s father and his family lived at 31 Ellen Place London E1 have a copy of the 1911 census showing this

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Central School of Speech and Drama The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama was founded in 1906 to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students.
Compayne Open Space As West Hampstead was developed, a series of private gardens were built behind the urban facades.
Finchley Road Finchley Road is on the Jubilee line, between West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage and on the Metropolitan line between Baker Street and Wembley Park.
Hall School The Hall School is an independent boys’ preparatory school in Belsize Park.
South Hampstead High School South Hampstead High School is an independent day school.
St Mary’s Town and Country School St Mary’s Town and Country School was an independent, non-denominational, co-educational progressive day and boarding school.
Westbourne Pond Westbourne Pond is marked on the 1830 Greenwood map as the source of the Westbourne River.
Winchester Winchester Hotel was situated at 21a Winchester Road, NW3

NEARBY STREETS
Adamson Road, NW3 Adamson Road is named after either a contractor or architect to Eton College (Belsize Park)
Adelaide Close, NW3 Adelaide Close eventually made way for Swiss Cottage Library (Swiss Cottage)
Alban House, NW3 Residential block (Hampstead)
Alexandra Road, NW8 Alexandra Road was built after the marriage of the Prince of Wales (St John’s Wood)
Avenue Road, NW3 Avenue Road dates from 1829 (Swiss Cottage)
Belsize Park House, NW3 Belsize Park House is a block on Belsize Park (Belsize Park)
Belsize Road, NW6 Belsize Road is a major road in NW6, parallel to the railway
Belsize Square, NW3 Belsize Square was part of the grounds of Belsize House (Belsize Park)
Berkley House, NW6 Berkley House is a block on Belsize Road (St John’s Wood)
Boydell Court, NW8 Boydell Court is a block on Boydell Court (St John’s Wood)
Briary Close, NW3 Briary Close is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Broadhurst Gardens, NW6 Broadhurst Gardens is in West Hampstead, NW6 (West Hampstead)
Brooke House, NW6 Brooke House is a block on Belsize Road
Buckland Crescent, NW3 Buckland Crescent was part of Daniel Tidey’s Belsize Park development (Belsize Park)
Byron House, NW6 Byron House is a block on Fairfax Road (South Hampstead)
Canfield Gardens, NW6 Canfield Gardens was first laid out in 1881 (South Hampstead)
Canfield Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (Finchley Road)
Central Avenue, NW3 Central Avenue is a road in the SW10 postcode area (Swiss Cottage)
Clyde House, NW6 Clyde House is a block on Belsize Road
Coleridge Gardens, NW8 Street/road in London NW6 (St John’s Wood)
Coleridge House, NW6 Coleridge House is located on Coleridge Gardens
College Crescent, NW3 College Crescent was built by the Eyre family (Swiss Cottage)
Court Close, NW8 Court Close is a location in London (St John’s Wood)
Craig House, NW6 Craig House is located on Belsize Road
Crossfield Road, NW3 Crossfield Road is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
De Laszlo House, NW3 De Laszlo House is a block on Fitzjohn’s Avenue (Belsize Park)
Dobson Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (South Hampstead)
Dorman Way, NW8 Dorman Way is a road in the NW8 postcode area (St John’s Wood)
Elsworthy Road, NW3 Elsworthy Road is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Eton Avenue, NW3 Eton Avenue runs parallel with Adelaide Road, two blocks north (Belsize Park)
Eton Court, NW3 Eton Court is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Fairfax Mansions, NW3 Fairfax Mansions is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Fairfax Place, NW6 Fairfax Place has undergone name changes - at first Victoria Mews and then Fairfax Mews
Fairfax Road, NW6 Fairfax Road runs south from the Finchley Road to Belsize Road (South Hampstead)
Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 Fairhazel Gardens runs from Broadhurst Gardens to Goldhurst Terrace (South Hampstead)
Fellow Road, NW3 Fellow Road is a location in London (Belsize Park)
Fellowes Road, NW3 Fellowes Road is a location in London (Belsize Park)
Finchley Road, NW3 Finchley Road is one of north London’s main roads (Swiss Cottage)
Goldhurst Terrace, NW6 Goldhurst Terrace was laid out in the late 1870s
Greencroft Gardens, NW6 Greencroft Gardens dates from 1884-5 (South Hampstead)
Harben Parade, NW3 Harben Parade is a parade of shops along Finchley Road (Swiss Cottage)
Harben Road, NW6 Harben Road was first known as Albion Road (South Hampstead)
Harley Road, NW3 Harley Road is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Harrold House, NW3 Harrold House is a building on Finchley Road (Swiss Cottage)
Hawtrey Road, NW3 Hawtrey Road is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Hilgrove Road, NW6 Hilgrove Road was previously the western section of Adelaide Road, called Adelaide Road North (South Hampstead)
Hornby Close, NW3 Hornby Close is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Huson Close, NW3 Huson Close is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Jade Terrace, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (South Hampstead)
King’s College Road, NW3 King?s College Road is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Kings College Road, NW3 Kings College Road is a location in London (Belsize Park)
Lambolle Road, NW3 Lambolle Road is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Lancaster Drive, NW3 Lancaster Drive is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Lancaster Gardens, NW3 Lancaster Gardens is a location in London (Belsize Park)
Lancaster Grove, NW3 Lancaster Grove is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Mancroft Court, NW8 Mancroft Court is located on Queensmead (St John’s Wood)
Marsfield Gardens, NW3 Marsfield Gardens is a location in London (Hampstead)
Marston Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (South Hampstead)
Maryon House, NW3 Maryon House is sited on Goldhurst Terrace
Maryon House, NW6 Maryon House is a block on Goldhurst Terrace
Melrose Apartments, NW3 Melrose Apartments is a block on Winchester Road (Belsize Park)
Middle Field, NW8 Middle Field is part of a development just to the east of the Finchley Road (St John’s Wood)
Mora Burnet House, NW3 Mora Burnet House is a block on Winchester Road (Swiss Cottage)
Mora Burnett House, NW3 Mora Burnett House is a location in London (Swiss Cottage)
Naseby Close, NW3 Street/road in London NW6 (South Hampstead)
Naseby Close, NW6 Naseby Close is a location in London (South Hampstead)
New College Parade, NW3 New College Parade is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Noel House, NW3 Residential block (South Hampstead)
Northways Parade, NW3 Northways Parade replaced New College which was mainly located in College Crescent (Swiss Cottage)
Oakley House, NW6 Oakley House is a block on Belsize Road (South Hampstead)
Regency Parade, NW3 Regency Parade is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Robert Moreton House, NW8 Robert Moreton House is a block on Rowley Way (St John’s Wood)
Rosslyn Mansions, NW6 Street/road in London NW6 (South Hampstead)
Rowley Way, NW8 Rowley Way was named after Llewellyn Rowley, Camden’s Director of Housing (St John’s Wood)
Rutland House, NW6 Rutland House is located on Greencroft Gardens (South Hampstead)
Sandown House, NW6 Sandown House can be found on Belsize Road (St John’s Wood)
Selby House, NW6 Selby House is located on Belsize Road (St John’s Wood)
St Johns Court, NW6 St Johns Court is a retail and residential block beside Finchley Road station (Swiss Cottage)
Strathray Gardens, NW3 Strathray Gardens is a street in Hampstead (Belsize Park)
Swiss Cottage Centre, NW3 Swiss Cottage Centre is a location in London (Swiss Cottage)
Swiss Terrace, NW3 Swiss Terrace connects Belsize Road with the Swiss Cottage junction (South Hampstead)
Trinity Walk, NW3 Trinity Walk is a street in Hampstead (Swiss Cottage)
Visage Apartments, NW3 Visage Apartments is a block on Winchester Road (Swiss Cottage)
Wadham Gardens, NW3 Wadham Gardens is a road in the NW3 postcode area (Swiss Cottage)
Winchester Road, NW3 Winchester Road is named after the first Provost of Eton, William Waynflete Bishop of Winchester (Swiss Cottage)

NEARBY PUBS
Winchester Winchester Hotel was situated at 21a Winchester Road, NW3


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