Suburbia awaits (1908)

Image dated 1908

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This is a view of The Homestead from the end of the unfinished Sinclair Grove, NW11

The area was transformed from the year 1907. The opening of the underground as far as Golders Green crossroads that year caused the rapid transformation from farmland to suburb. Ribbon development along the main road got as far as Highfield Avenue by the end of 1907 and continuted as far as the River Brent by 1912.

This photo epitomises that transformation - we see the end of Sinclair Grove with the unnamed Western Avenue awaiting their houses. Meanwhile, across the fields we can still see "The Homestead" - a large house down a track from Golders Green Road until that year but now being dismantled. The fields beyond remained in place for a few years until after the First World War.

Then the Northern Line was extended to Edgware in the early 1920s and the last of the countryside around Brent Cross disappeared under the tracks of the bulldozers.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


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MARY RUSHTON-BEALES   
Added: 25 Jan 2021 17:58 GMT   

MY GRANDMA GREW UP HERE - 100 WILLIFIELD WAY
MY GRANDMA WINIFRED AND HER BROTHERS ERIC AND JEFF LIVED AT 100 WILLIFIELD WAY. THEY WERE PART OF THE HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB SOCIAL EXPERIMENT. GRANDMA ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT WILLIFIELD WAY AND HER LIFE IN HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB WITH GREAT AFFECTION. SHE WAS CONVINCED THAT THEY HAD BETTER EDUCATION BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE. NOT LONG AGO MY BROTHER AND I TOOK THE TRAIN TO THIS PART OF LONDON AND WALKED DOWN THE ROAD. THE HOUSE IS STILL THERE

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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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
Grove Farm Grove Farm changed usage between a farm and a house before being overwhelmed by suburbia.
Hendon Park Hendon Park, totalling 12 hectares, between Queens Road (formerly Butchers Lane) and Shire Hall Lane was created by Hendon Urban District Council in 1903.

NEARBY STREETS
Alba Gardens, NW11 Alba Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Beverley Gardens, NW11 Beverley Gardens is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Brent Cross Gardens, NW4 Brent Cross Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Brentfield Gardens, NW11 Brentfield Gardens is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Elm Close, NW4 Elm Close is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Elmcroft Crescent, NW11 Elmcroft Crescent is a street in Golders Green.
Elms Avenue, NW4 Elms Avenue is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Flower Mews, NW11 Flower Mews is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Golders Manor Drive, NW11 Golders Manor Drive is a street in Golders Green.
Haley Road, NW4 Haley Road is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Haslemere Avenue, NW4 Haslemere Avenue is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Heather Gardens, NW11 Heather Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Heathfield Gardens, NW11 Heathfield Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Highfield Avenue, NW11 Highfield Avenue runs between Golders Green Road and Brent Cross/
Highfield Gardens, NW11 Highfield Gardens is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Highfield Road, NW11 Highfield Road is a street in Golders Green.
James Close, NW11 James Close is a street in Golders Green.
Limes Avenue, NW11 Limes Avenue is a street in Golders Green.
Mayfield Gardens, NW4 Mayfield Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Park View Gardens, NW4 Park View Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Princes Parade, NW11 Princes Parade is a street in Golders Green.
Princess Parade, NW11 Princess Parade is a location in London.
Renters Avenue, NW4 Renters Avenue is a street in Hendon.
Riverside Drive, NW11 Riverside Drive is a location in London.
Russell Gardens, NW11 Russell Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Russell Parade, NW11 Russell Parade is a street in Golders Green.
Shirehall Close, NW4 Shirehall Close is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Shirehall Gardens, NW4 Shirehall Gardens is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Shirehall Lane, NW4 Shirehall Lane is a street in Hendon.
Shirehall Park, NW4 Shirehall Park is a street in Hendon.
Sinclair Grove, NW11 Sinclair Grove runs from Western Avenue to Golders Green Road.
Spalding Road, NW4 Spalding Road is a road in the NW4 postcode area
St Marys Road, NW11 St Mary’s Road is a street in Brent Cross.
Station Approach, NW11 Station Approach is a street in Golders Green.
The Drive, NW11 The Drive is a street in Golders Green.
The Grove, NW11 The Grove is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Western Avenue, NW11 Western Avenue is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Woodburn Close, NW4 Woodburn Close is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Woodlands, NW11 Woodlands is a street in Golders Green.
Woodville Road, NW11 Woodville Road is a road in the NW11 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Darren O’Brien This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Brent Cross

Brent Cross tube station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line, between Hendon Central and Golders Green. The Brent Cross shopping centre is nearby.

The station was designed by architect Stanley Heaps and opened as Brent on the 19 November 1923, the first station on the extension of what was then known as the Hampstead & Highgate Line through undeveloped rural areas to Edgware. The extension had first been planned prior to World War I when the station had been due to be called Woodstock. It was renamed from Brent to its current name on the 20 July 1976 opening of the shopping centre.


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Brent Cross, 1947
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Brent station
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Hendon Park on a 1933 map
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Plough with horses
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Sinclair Grove in more halcyon days
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In the neighbourhood...

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Brent Cross, 1947
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Brent station
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Hendon House (1890)
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Sinclair Grove in more halcyon days
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