Preston Place, NW10

Buildings in this area date from the nineteenth century or before

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Preston Place, NW10

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Road · Willesden Green · NW10 ·
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Preston Place is a street in Cricklewood.




NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Dollis Hill Dollis Hill tube station lies on the Jubilee Line, between Willesden Green and Neasden. Metropolitan Line trains pass though the station, but do not stop.
Willesden Green Farm Willesden Green Farm, owned by All Souls College, Oxford, was south of the High Road, opposite Willesden Farm.

NEARBY STREETS
Antoinette Mews, NW2 Antoinette Mews is a location in London.
Balmoral Road, NW2 Balmoral Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Beaconsfield Road, NW10 Beaconsfield Road is a street in Willesden.
Belton Road, NW2 Belton Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Bertie Road, NW10 Bertie Road is a street in Willesden.
Brent New Enterprise Centre, NW10 Brent New Enterprise Centre is a location in London.
Brenthurst Road, NW10 Brenthurst Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cameron House, NW10 Residential block
Chaplin Road, NW2 Chaplin Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Chapter Road, NW2 Chapter Road follows the line of the railway between Willesden Green and Dollis Hill.
Churchill Road, NW2 Churchill Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Churchmead Road, NW10 Churchmead Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cobbold Estate, NW10 Cobbold Estate is a location in London.
Colin Road, NW10 Colin Road is a street in Willesden.
Cooper Road, NW10 Cooper Road is a small crescent next to Dollis Hill station.
Cornwall Gardens, NW10 Cornwall Gardens is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Deacon Road, NW2 Deacon Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Glebe Road, NW10 Glebe Road is a street in Willesden.
Gowan Road, NW10 Gowan Road is a street in Willesden.
Griffin Close, NW10 Griffin Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Hawthorn Road, NW10 Hawthorn Road is a street in Willesden.
High Road, NW10 High Road is a street in Willesden.
Huddlestone Road, NW10 Huddlestone Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Kings Road, NW10 Kings Road is a street in Willesden.
Lechmere Road, NW2 Lechmere Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Lecthmere Road, NW2 Lecthmere Road is a location in London.
Litchfield Gardens, NW10 Litchfield Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Maybury Gardens, NW10 Maybury Gardens is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Meyrick Road, NW10 Meyrick Road is a street in Willesden.
Oak Tree Mews, NW2 Oak Tree Mews is a location in London.
Osborne Road, NW2 Osborne Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Parkfield Road, NW10 Parkfield Road is a street in Willesden.
Pound Lane, NW10 Pound Lane is a street in Willesden.
Regency Mews High Road, NW10 Regency Mews High Road is a street in Willesden.
Regency Mews, NW10 Regency Mews is a street in Willesden.
Regency Street, NW10 Regency Street is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Sandringham Road, NW2 Sandringham Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Sapcote Trading Centre, NW10 Sapcote Trading Centre is a street in Willesden.
Sherrick Green Road, NW10 Sherrick Green Road is a street in Willesden.
St Andrews Road, NW10 St Andrews Road is a street in Willesden.
Sterling Close, NW10 Sterling Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Strode Road, NW10 Strode Road is a street in Willesden.
Tower Road, NW10 Tower Road is a street in Willesden.
Trojan Business Centre, NW10 Trojan Business Centre is a location in London.
Trojan Industrial Estate, NW10 Trojan Industrial Estate is a location in London.
Tudor Mews, NW10 Tudor Mews is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Unity Close, NW10 Unity Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Utopia House, NW10 Residential block
Villiers Road, NW2 Villiers Road was built by the United Land Co.
Waterford Way, NW10 Waterford Way is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Windsor Road, NW2 Windsor Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area


Willesden Green

A good place for those from the 14th century with particularly bad eyesight.

From the 14th to 16th centuries, Willesden was a place of pilgrimage due to the presence of two ancient statues of the Virgin Mary at the Church of St Mary. One of these statues is thought to be a Black Madonna, which was insulted by the Lollards, taken to Thomas Cromwell's house and burnt in 1538 on a large bonfire of 'notable images. including those of Walsingham, Worcester and Ipswich. There was also a 'holy well' which was thought to possess miraculous qualities, particularly for blindness and other eye disorders.

The parish of Willesden remained predominantly rural up until after 1875. However, this changed with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway (later the Metropolitan Line) station of Willesden Green on 24 November 1879. By 1906 the population had grown to 140,000, a phenomenon of rapid growth that was to be repeated in the 1920s in neighbouring areas such as Harrow. The Metropolitan Line service was withdrawn in 1940, when the station was served by the Bakerloo Line, and later the Jubilee Line. Willesden Green station has now a grand 1920s facade.

World War I caused Willesden to change from a predominantly middle class suburb to a working class part of London. After the war, Willesden grew rapidly as numerous factories opened up with numerous flats and houses. The local council encouraged building to prevent large unemployment and decline.

To the present day, Willesden has been shaped by the patterns of migration which marks it out as one of the most diverse areas in the United Kingdom. City of London Corporation records show that the first black person recorded in Brent was Sarah Eco, who was christened in St. Mary’s Church in Willesden on 15 September 1723.

The 1901 United Kingdom census recorded that 42% of the population was born in London. In 1923, the specialist coach builder Freestone and Webb established their base in Willesden, producing bespoke cars on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis until 1956.

Willesden became a municipal borough in 1933, and it is at this time that the area became predominantly working class. A small Irish community had formed in Willesden by this time, which grew rapidly during the period of the Second World War. A small Jewish community of refugees from Europe also formed during the war, with 3.5% of the population in 1951 born in Germany, Poland, Russia or Austria. During the war, Willesden suffered large damage due to the heavy concentration of industry, such as munition factories, and railways in the area.

The period from 1960 saw migrants settling from the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent. Additionally, from 1963 it was the site of the Kuo Yuan, the first Chinese restaurant to serve Pekinese dishes in Britain. Since the 1960s, Willesden has been popular with young working holidaymakers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although this popularity has declined somewhat in favour of other areas since about 2003.

Willesden went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s as much of the housing was inadequate due to overcrowding as industry was mixed with housing. The whole of central Willesden bar (the area by the Willesden Green station) was earmarked for redevelopment; however, this did not come to fruition. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the High Street to prevent it closing. It now has one of the best public libraries in the UK, Willesden Green Library Centre - an elegant building and open very long hours.

Now the area has seen another change in demographic becoming a middle class area due to its prime location and good transport links.


LOCAL PHOTOS
The old library building in Willesden
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Burnley Road c. 1910
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Chapter Road, Willesden Green
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Flats on Donnington Road, 1961.
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Alexander Avenue, NW10
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Bryan Avenue, NW10
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Normanby Road in Edwardian times.
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In the neighbourhood...

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The old library building in Willesden
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Burnley Road c. 1910
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Chapter Road, Willesden Green
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Normanby Road in Edwardian times.
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