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Underground station · West Kensington · ·
December
5
2013

West Kensington station was opened in 1877.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century this was the northern part of the Fulham Fields, a rural area of nurseries, market gardens and small fanns supplying produce to Londoners. The transformation from country idyll to city suburb was hastened by speedier travel to London’s business and commercial centres: the Metropolitan District Railway (now the District Line) was extended from Earls Court to Hammersmith in 1874 with one station on the way, North End (Fulham), which became West Kensington in 1877. The Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (now the Piccadilly Line) arrived in Hammersmith thirty years later, and Barons Court station was opened in 1905. There was never a baron’s court here, the name merely imitated the popular Earl's Court. Encouraged by the arrival of the railways, building firms laid out their tidy housing developments between 1870 and 1890: much work was done by the local firm of Gibbs and Flew, who built the Margravine Estate. In untidy contrast, the older roads wriggle across this area: North End Road from north to south, and Margravine and Greyhound Roads from west to east.

The notable landmarks in this area were provided for Fulham’s burgeoning population. To take advantage of the increased income and leisure of the middle classes, the private Queen's Club was started in 1886. In the 1890s some football internationals were held there, but today it is known as the venue for the pre—Wimbledon men’s tennis tournament.

Not far away is Charing Cross Hospital, which moved to Fulham in 1959. It was not however the first hospital here, since this had been the site of the Fulham Infirmary since 1850. Although originally the Fulham Union Workhouse with room for only thirty or so sick people, its facilities were increasingly called upon as the local population expanded.

By 1914 it was providing general medical and surgical care, as well as training nurses. After the amalgamation with Charing Cross a new hospital was built and pened in 1973.

Finally, on the east side of the hospital is Margravine Cemetery. Although in Fulham, this was the burial ground for Hammersmith after burials in London churchyards were forbidden for health reasons in 1855.


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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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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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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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Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.

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Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.


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Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Fumblina   
Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.


Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn

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BG   
Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1
LANCING STREET

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Added: 19 Dec 2022 20:09 GMT   

Tempest
I don’t know

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Barons Court Barons Court station serves the District and Piccadilly lines.
Gwendwr Garden Gwendwr Gardens is a small park in West Kensington.

THE STREETS OF WEST KENSINGTON
Aisgill Avenue, W14 Aisgill Avenue is a road in the W14 postcode area
Archel Road, W14 Archel Road is a street in West Kensington.
Barons Court Road, W14 Barons Court Road is a street in West Kensington.
Beaumont Avenue, W14 Beaumont Avenue is a street in West Kensington.
Beaumont Crescent, W14 Beaumont Crescent is a road in the W14 postcode area
Bellamy Close, W14 Bellamy Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Bramber Road, W14 Bramber Road is a street in West Kensington.
Castletown Road, W14 Castletown Road is a street in West Kensington.
Challoner Crescent, W14 Challoner Crescent is a street in West Kensington.
Challoner Mansions, W14 Challoner Mansions is a street in West Kensington.
Challoner Street, W14 This is a street in the W14 postcode area
Charleville Road, W14 Charleville Road is a street in West Kensington.
Chesson Road, W14 Chesson Road is a street in West Kensington.
Colet Gardens, W14 Colet Gardens is a shadow of its former self.
Comeragh Mews, W14 Comeragh Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Edith Road, W14 Edith Road is a street in West Kensington.
Edith Villas, W14 Edith Villas is a road in the W14 postcode area
Fairholme Road, W14 Fairholme Road is a street in West Kensington.
Fane Street, W14 Fane Street is a road in the W14 postcode area
Faraday Mansions, W14 Faraday Mansions is a street in West Kensington.
Gibbs Green Close, W14 Gibbs Green Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Glazbury Road, W14 Glazbury Road is a street in West Kensington.
Gledstanes Road, W14 Gledstanes Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Gliddon Road, W14 Gliddon Road is a street in West Kensington.
Greyhound Road, W14 Greyhound Road is a street in West Kensington.
Gunterstone Road, W14 Gunterstone Road is a street in West Kensington.
Gwendwr Road, W14 Gwendwr Road is a street in West Kensington.
Ivatt Place, W14 Ivatt Place is a road in the W14 postcode area
Kensington Hall Gardens, W14 Kensington Hall Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Lily Close, W14 Lily Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Mulgrave Road, W14 Mulgrave Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Mund Street, W14 Mund Street is a street in West Kensington.
Normand Road, W14 Normand Road is a street in West Kensington.
North End Crescent, W14 North End Crescent is a street in West Kensington.
North End Parade, W14 North End Parade is a street in West Kensington.
North End Road, W14 North End Road is a street in West Kensington.
Palliser Road, W14 Palliser Road is a street in West Kensington.
Pelham House, W14 Residential block
Perham Road, W14 Perham Road is a street in West Kensington.
Queens Club Gardens, W14 Queens Club Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Richmond Court, W14 Richmond Court is a road in the W14 postcode area
St Andrew’s Road, W14 St Andrew’s Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Star Road, W14 Star Road is a street in West Kensington.
Sun Road, W14 Sun Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Trevanion Road, W14 Trevanion Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Turneville Road, W14 Turneville Road is a street in West Kensington.
Vereker Road, W14 Vereker Road is a street in West Kensington.
West Cromwell Road, W14 West Cromwell Road is a street in West Kensington.
West Kensington Court, W14 West Kensington Court is a block on Edith Villas
West Kensington Mansions, W14 West Kensington Mansions is a street in West Kensington.

THE PUBS OF WEST KENSINGTON


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Colet House
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The St Paul’s Studios block was aimed at the housing of ’bachelor artists’. These unmarried men would require a separate flat for their housekeepers and their artistic endeavours would require the large windows with natural light facing Colet Gardens. And it became so. The block was occupied within a year of being built by the very clientele it had been designed for. The block looked out onto a peaceful suburban scene until the turn of the 1960s. Quiet Colet Gardens, with its milk floats and schoolchildren, fell victim to the upgraded A4 scheme whereby the Cromwell Road was extended westwards to link to the Hammersmith Flyover via this very spot. Renamed as part of the Talgarth Road, the widened route became the main road west out of London towards Heathrow. Thundering lorries put paid to the artistic charms of St Paul’s Studios. Pictures is from the St Paul’s Studios 1891 sales brochure
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The main block of Blythe House, seen from Hazlitt Road, Olympia. Blythe House was built between 1899 and 1903 as the main office of the Post Office Savings Bank, which had outgrown its previous headquarter in Queen Victoria Street. By 1902 the Bank had 12,000 branches and more than 9 million accounts.
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St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens is a Grade I listed Anglican church in Earls Court. It was built between 1884 and 1887, designed by the architect Hugh Roumieu Gough (1843–1904) and hailed as a jewel of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
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Barons Keep is a gated community in West Kensington.
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The St Paul’s Studios block was aimed at the housing of ’bachelor artists’. These unmarried men would require a separate flat for their housekeepers and their artistic endeavours would require the large windows with natural light facing Colet Gardens. And it became so. The block was occupied within a year of being built by the very clientele it had been designed for. The block looked out onto a peaceful suburban scene until the turn of the 1960s. Quiet Colet Gardens, with its milk floats and schoolchildren, fell victim to the upgraded A4 scheme whereby the Cromwell Road was extended westwards to link to the Hammersmith Flyover via this very spot. Renamed as part of the Talgarth Road, the widened route became the main road west out of London towards Heathrow. Thundering lorries put paid to the artistic charms of St Paul’s Studios. Pictures is from the St Paul’s Studios 1891 sales brochure
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