Merivale Road, HA1

Road in/near West Harrow, existing between 1907 and now

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Merivale Road was named after Charles Merivale, one of the founders of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

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Added: 11 Apr 2021 20:03 GMT   

North Harrow
The North Harrow Embassy Cinema was closed in 1963 and replaced by a bowling alley and a supermarket. As well as the cinema itself there was a substantial restaurant on the first floor.

Source: Embassy Cinema in North Harrow, GB - Cinema Treasures



Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.


Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.


Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden


Added: 2 Mar 2023 13:50 GMT   

The Queens Head
Queens Head demolished and a NISA supermarket and flats built in its place.

Added: 28 Feb 2023 18:09 GMT   

6 Elia Street
When I was young I lived in 6 Elia Street. At the end of the garden there was a garage owned by Initial Laundries which ran from an access in Quick Street all the way up to the back of our garden. The fire exit to the garage was a window leading into our garden. 6 Elia Street was owned by Initial Laundry.

Added: 21 Feb 2023 11:39 GMT   

Error on 1800 map numbering for John Street
The 1800 map of Whitfield Street (17 zoom) has an error in the numbering shown on the map. The houses are numbered up the right hand side of John Street and Upper John Street to #47 and then are numbered down the left hand side until #81 BUT then continue from 52-61 instead of 82-91.

P Cash   
Added: 19 Feb 2023 08:03 GMT   

Occupants of 19-29 Woburn Place
The Industrial Tribunals (later changed to Employment Tribunals) moved (from its former location on Ebury Bridge Road to 19-29 Woburn Place sometime in the late 1980s (I believe).

19-29 Woburn Place had nine floors in total (one in the basement and two in its mansard roof and most of the building was occupied by the Tribunals

The ’Head Office’ of the tribunals, occupied space on the 7th, 6th and 2nd floors, whilst one of the largest of the regional offices (London North but later called London Central) occupied space in the basement, ground and first floor.

The expansive ground floor entrance had white marble flooring and a security desk. Behind (on evey floor) lay a square (& uncluttered) lobby space, which was flanked on either side by lifts. On the rear side was an elegant staircase, with white marble steps, brass inlays and a shiny brass handrail which spiralled around an open well. Both staircase, stairwell and lifts ran the full height of the building. On all floors from 1st upwards, staff toilets were tucked on either side of the staircase (behind the lifts).

Basement Floor - Tribunal hearing rooms, dormant files store and secure basement space for Head Office. Public toilets.

Geound Floor - The ’post’ roon sat next to the entrance in the northern side, the rest of which was occupied by the private offices of the full time Tribunal judiciary. Thw largest office belonged to the Regional Chair and was situated on the far corner (overlooking Tavistock Square) The secretary to the Regional Chair occupied a small office next door.
The south side of this floor was occupied by the large open plan General Office for the administration, a staff kitchen & rest room and the private offices of the Regional Secretary (office manager) and their deputy.

First Dloor - Tribunal hearing rooms; separate public waiting rooms for Applicants & Respondents; two small rooms used by Counsel (on a ’whoever arrives first’ bases) and a small private rest room for use by tribunal lay members.

Second Floor - Tribunal Hearing Rooms; Tribunal Head Office - HR & Estate Depts & other tennants.

Third Floor - other tennants

Fourth Floor - other tennants

Fifth Floor - Other Tennants except for a large non-smoking room for staff, (which overlooked Tavistock Sqaure). It was seldom used, as a result of lacking any facities aside from a meagre collection of unwanted’ tatty seating. Next to it, (overlooking Tavistock Place) was a staff canteen.

Sixth Floor - Other tennants mostly except for a few offices on the northern side occupied by tribunal Head Office - IT Dept.

Seventh Floor - Other tenants in the northern side. The southern (front) side held the private offices of several senior managers (Secretariat, IT & Finance), private office of the Chief Accuntant; an office for two private secretaries and a stationary cupboard. On the rear side was a small kitchen; the private office of the Chief Executive and the private office of the President of the Tribunals for England & Wales. (From 1995 onwards, this became a conference room as the President was based elsewhere. The far end of this side contained an open plan office for Head Office staff - Secretariat, Finance & HR (staff training team) depts.

Eighth Floor - other tennants.

The Employment Tribunals (Regional & Head Offices) relocated to Vitory House, Kingsway in April 2005.



Andrews Close, HA1 Andrews Close is a road in the HA1 postcode area
Anthony Court, HA1 Anthony Court is a block on Bessborough Road.
Badgers Close, HA1 Badgers Close is a road in the HA1 postcode area
Beaumont Avenue, HA2 Beaumont Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Bessborough Road, HA1 Bessborough Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Bouverie Road, HA1 Bouverie Road date from the period immediately prior to the First World War.
Bowen Road, HA1 Edward Ernest Bowen was the composer of the Harrow school song, ’Forty Years On’.
Butler Avenue, HA1 Butler Avenue runs west from Bessborough Road.
Butler Road, HA1 Butler Road and Butler Avenue were both named after Henry Montagu Butler (1833–1918).
Carspecs House, HA1 Carspecs House is a building on Bessborough Road.
Charles Crescent, HA1 Charles Crescent dates from the early 1920s.
Colbeck Road, HA1 Colbeck Road dates from 1907.
Dorchester Avenue, HA1 Dorchester Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Drury Road, HA1 Drury Road is named after Joseph Drury, a teacher of Harrow School.
Farmborough Close, HA1 Farmborough Close was built on the site of the Harrow Swimming Pool in the 1980s.
Ford Close, HA1 Ford Close follows the line of the original Hawkins Crescent on the Honeybun Estate.
Forsyth Court, HA1 Forsyth Court is a block on Badgers Close.
Grace House, HA1 A street within the HA1 postcode
Hanover Court, HA1 Hanover Court is located on Bessborough Road.
Harrovian Business Village, HA1 Harrovian Business Village is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Haverstock Close, HA1 A street within the HA1 postcode
Hawkins Close, HA1 Hawkins Close was originally part of Hawkins Crescent before the road layout was drastically altered.
Hawkins Crescent, HA1 Hawkins Crescent was one of the original roads of the Honeybun Estate.
Heath Road, HA1 Heath Road is named after Benjamin Heath (1704–1766), an English classical scholar and bibliophile.
Hobbs House, HA1 A street within the HA1 postcode
Hollywood House, HA1 Hollywood House is a block on Roxborough Avenue.
Jardine House, HA1 Residential block
Kingsfield Court, HA1 Kingsfield Court is located on Kingsfield Road.
Kingsfield Road, HA1 Kingsfield Road is a road in the HA1 postcode area
Lance Road, HA1 Lance Road was one of the first streets to be developed in West Harrow - then a new suburb.
Lascelles Avenue, HA1 Lascelles Avenue was conceived as the main road of the Honeybun Estate.
Little Court, HA1 Little Court is a block on Roxborough Avenue.
Marshall Close, HA1 Marshall Close was built over the site of the Marshall Allotments.
Nelson Road, HA1 Nelson Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Pool Road, HA1 Pool Road commemorates the Charles Crecent (Harrow) Swimming Pool which it replaced.
Porlock Avenue, HA2 Porlock Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Retlas Court, HA1 Retlas Court is a block on Bessborough Road.
Shaftsbury Avenue, HA2 A street within the HA2 postcode
Springway, HA1 Springway may date from the 1970s.
Sumner Road, HA1 Sumner Road was named for Robert Carey Sumner, an early Master of Harrow School.
Treve Avenue, HA1 Treve Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Trident Point, HA1 A street within the HA1 postcode
Vaughan Road, HA1 Vaughan Road is part of a pre-First World War area of development in West Harrow.
Vellacott Road, HA1 Vellacott Road links Vaughan Road and Butler Avenue.
Warner House, HA1 A street within the HA1 postcode
West Court, HA1 West Court is a block on Bessborough Road.
Wilson Gardens, HA1 Wilson Gardens was originally Wilson Road, built to serve new schools constructed just prior to the First World War.
Wood Close, HA1 Wood Close is an original road of the Honeybun Estate albeit with an altered layout.
Wordsworth Court, HA1 Wordsworth Court is a block on Bessborough Road.


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West Harrow

West Harrow is a twentieth century suburb.

Prior to the early 20th century West Harrow was completely rural.

West Harrow station opened on 17 November 1913 but the Uxbridge branch of the Metropolitan Railway had opened in 1904. By 1907, the first new streets were in place just south of the new railway. West Harrow mostly dates from the 1920s and 1930s and is almost exclusively residential.

Several of the roads in West Harrow are named after teachers at Harrow School.

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Charles Crescent (c.1928)
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Lascelles Avenue (c.1923)
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VE Day on Wood Close (1945) Wood Close is a road on Harrow’s so-called ’Honeybun Estate’. It backed onto Harrow’s open air swimming pool.

Honeybun’s Farm farmhouse
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Harrow Swimming Pool in Charles Crescent
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