Portsdown Avenue, NW11

Road in/near Temple Fortune

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Road · Temple Fortune · NW11 ·
JANUARY
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2000

Portsdown Avenue is part of Temple Fortune





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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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Lived here
   
Added: 10 Dec 2020 23:51 GMT   

Wellgarth Road, NW11
I lived at 15 Wellgarth Road with my parents and family from 1956 until I left home in the 70s and continued to visit my mother there until she moved in the early 80s. On the first day we moved in we kids raced around the garden and immediately discovered an air raid shelter that ran right underneath the house which I assume was added in the run-up to WW2. There was a basement room with its own entrance off the garden and right opposite where the air raid shelter emerged. In no time at all up high near the ceiling of this room, we discovered a door which, while we were little enough, we could enter by standing on some item of furniture, haul ourselves in and hide from the grownups. That room was soundproof enough for us kids to make a racket if we wanted to. But not too loud if my dad was playing billiards in the amazing wood-panelled room immediately above. We had no idea that we were living in such an historical building. To us it was just fun - and home!

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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Comment
   
Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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TUM   
Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 15:19 GMT   

Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:41 GMT   

Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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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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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Grove Farm Grove Farm changed usage between a farm and a house before being overwhelmed by suburbia.

NEARBY STREETS
Alba Gardens, NW11 Alba Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Alyth Gardens, NW11 Alyth Gardens is in an area of Temple Fortune
Ambrose Avenue, NW11 Ambrose Avenue is a street in Golders Green.
Arcade House, NW11 Arcade House is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Beechcroft Avenue, NW11 Beechcroft Avenue is a street in Golders Green.
Brookside Road, NW11 Brookside Road, lies in Temple Fortune
Clifton Gardens, NW11 Clifton Gardens is in Temple Fortune
Corringham Road, NW11 Corringham Road is a manifestation of designer Raymond Unwin’s later ’Georgian’ phase.
Dingwall Gardens, NW11 Dingwall Gardens is in Temple Fortune
Eastville Avenue, NW11 Eastville Avenue, lies in Temple Fortune
Elmcroft Avenue, NW11 Elmcroft Avenue is a street in Golders Green.
Farm Walk, NW11 In Farm Walk, there are roughcast terraces with brick doorways and bay windows designed by Parker and Unwin in 1911.
Finchley Road, NW11 Finchley Road was one of the major improvement roads of the 1820s.
Flower Mews, NW11 Flower Mews is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Forres Gardens, NW11 Forres Gardens is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Garrick Avenue, NW11 Garrick Avenue is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Gloucester Gardens, NW11 Gloucester Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Golders Green Road, NW11 Golders Green Road - known by many other names too during its history - lies along an ancient road from London to Hendon.
Grosvenor Gardens, NW11 Grosvenor Gardens, lies in Temple Fortune
Hampstead Gardens, NW11 Hampstead Gardens backs onto the Jewish Cemetary.
Hendon Park Row, NW11 Hendon Park Row is part of Temple Fortune
Highcroft Gardens, NW11 Highcroft Gardens is in an area of Temple Fortune
Highfield Road, NW11 Highfield Road is a street in Golders Green.
Hoop Lane, NW11 Hoop Lane was originally called Wheel Lane.
Leeside Crescent, NW11 Leeside Crescent is a location in Temple Fortune
Limes Avenue, NW11 Limes Avenue dates from 1906.
Litchfield Square, NW11 Litchfield Square is a large formal composition designed by Parker and Unwin.
Lucas Square, NW11 Lucas Square was named after its architect, Geoffrey Lucas.
Meadway Gate, NW11 Meadway Gate is a location in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Oakfields Road, NW11 Oakfields Road is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Portsdown Mews, NW11 Portsdown Mews, forms part of Temple Fortune
Ravenscroft Avenue, NW11 Ravenscroft Avenue is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Russell Gardens, NW11 Russell Gardens is a street in Golders Green.
Russell Parade, NW11 Russell Parade is a street in Golders Green.
Sheridan Walk, NW11 Sheridan Walk is in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Sneath Avenue, NW11 Sneath Avenue is a road in the NW11 postcode area
St Andrew’s Road, NW11 St Andrew’s Road connects Templars Avenue and Wentworth Road.
St Edward’s Close, NW11 St Edward’s Close lies off Finchley Road.
St George’s Close, NW11 St George’s Close is in the Temple Fortune area
St Georges Road, NW11 St Georges Road is a location in Temple Fortune
St John’s Road, NW11 St John’s Road is in Temple Fortune
Templars Avenue, NW11 The Finchley Road and Golders Green Syndicate began to build an estate south of Temple Fortune, including Templars Avenue and Wentworth Road, in 1907.
Temple Fortune Hill, NW11 Temple Fortune Hill is within the oldest part of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Temple Fortune Lane, NW11 Temple Fortune Lane leads from Temple Fortune itself into Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Temple Gardens, NW11 Temple Gardens is in the Temple Fortune area
Temple Grove, NW11 Temple Grove is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
The Grove, NW11 The Grove is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Wentworth Road, NW11 Wentworth Road forms part of one of the earliest development in the Golders Green and Temple Fortune areas.

NEARBY PUBS
Hoop Lane Montessori School This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
St Edwards Church Social Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Templars Lawn Tennis Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Wallace Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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Temple Fortune

Temple Fortune is a place in the London Borough of Barnet to the north of Golders Green. It is principally a shopping district used by residents of the Hampstead Garden Suburb.

It is likely that the name Temple Fortune refers to the Knights of St John, who had land here (c.1240). Fortune may be derived from a small settlement (tun) on the route from Hampstead to Hendon arrived at before arriving at Hendon. Here a lane from Finchley, called Ducksetters Lane (c.1475), intersected. It is likely that the settlement was originally the Bleccanham estate (c.900s). By the end of the 18th century Temple Fortune Farm was established on the northern side of Farm Close.

The building of the Finchley Road (c.1827), replaced Ducksetters Lane as a route to Finchley, and resulted in the development of a small hamlet. Along the Finchley Road was a number of villas (c1830s), joined by the Royal Oak public house (c.1850s). By the end of the 19th century there were around 300 people living in the area, which included a laundry, a small hospital for children with skin diseases. The principle industry was brick making.

The significant moment in Temple Fortune's development into a suburban area occurred in 1907. The establishment of the Hampstead Garden Suburb brought major changes to the area east of the Finchley Road. Temple Fortune Farm was demolished, and along the front of the road, the building of Arcade, and Gateway House (c.1911) established the Hampstead Garden Suburbs retail district. Also significant in that year was the opening of Golders Green tube station. Although the area had been served by horse drawn omnibuses (since at least the 1880s) and later motor buses (from 1907), it was the tram line of 1910, connecting Church End Finchley with Golders Green Station, which led to the development of the area west of the Finchley road. The Carmelite Monastery was established in Bridge Lane in 1908.


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Plough with horses
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North End Road, NW11
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In the neighbourhood...

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Golders Green crossroads (1905)
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Eton College Estate was the land beneath modern Temple Fortune. The Estate, which consisted in 1828 of 315 acres, originated in grants of land by Bela, widow of Austin the mercer, in 1259 and by William de Pavely and his wife in 1273.
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Plough with horses
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Hampstead Garden Suburb from Willifield Way (1914) Golders Green crematorium can be seen in the background
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Night bus near Golders Green (1950s)
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