Preston Road, HA3

Road in/near Preston Road, existing until now.

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Preston Road is a main shopping road leading past the station of the same name.

Preston emerged in 1220 as a small settlement centred around Preston Green, just southwest of the Lidding or Wealdstone Brook. The settlement’s name may originate from an estate granted to Abbot Stidberht by King Offa (it means ’the farm belonging to the priest’), though any connection to the rural Preston Road was lost by 1086. Preston was established as a township by 1231.

By the mid-1400s, Preston consisted of two farms and some cottages. The northern Lyon family farm, dating to the late 1300s, was described as beautiful in 1547 and was likely the birthplace of John Lyon. He founded Harrow School in 1572, after which the farm supported the school, being rebuilt around 1700. The southern farm was first called Preston Dicket before becoming Preston Farm.

Around 1850, the short-lived “Rose & Crown” beerhouse opened at Preston Hill, likely part of Hillside Farm.

The popular Preston Tea Gardens under George Timms was opened around 1880. The Tea Gardens flourished well into the following century.

Despite the 1894 Wembley Park station opening, the Metropolitan Railway did not spur development, even rejecting a Preston stop in 1896 given the tiny population. Into the early 1900s, the area remained rural with the unspoiled Wealdstone Brook meandering through the district, described as “one of the most perfect little streams anywhere, abounding in dace and roach.”

The 1900s brought slow transformation. Uxendon Farm became a shooting ground (the Lancaster Shooting Club), hosting 1908 Olympic clay pigeon events. Pressure from the shooting club, being two miles from any station led to Preston Road Halt opening in 1908.

Preston Road Halt triggered the first wave of commuter development in the area. After 1910, some large Edwardian houses arose along Preston Road itself. In 1912, Harrow Golf Club opened near the station, joining the earlier Wembley Golf Club from 1895 on Barn Hill’s southern slopes. Both golf courses would vanish under new housing constructed between the wars, as suburban expansion gradually transformed the rural landscape.

Enhanced transportation finally enabled suburban expansion. Christ Church College, Oxford and Harrow School sold their Preston estates between 1921-1933. Construction commenced at Forty Green as early as 1923-1924, with housing quickly spreading along Preston Road and Preston Hill over the next three years. As communications advanced, open land swiftly transitioned to suburban development.

Many country lanes in the area remained unimproved until 1931-1932 under Wembley’s Town Planning Scheme. Preston Road itself continued as a rural country lane into the late 1930s, which may explain its enduring charm.



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Added: 2 May 2024 16:14 GMT   

Farm Place, W8
The previous name of Farm Place was Ernest St (no A)

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

Frank Whipple Place, E14
Frank was my great-uncle, I’d often be ’babysat’ by Peggy while Nan and Dad went to the pub. Peggy was a marvel, so full of life. My Dad and Frank didn’t agree on most politics but everyone in the family is proud of him. A genuinely nice, knowledgable bloke. One of a kind.

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.

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Wendy    
Added: 22 Mar 2024 15:33 GMT   

Polygon Buildings
Following the demolition of the Polygon, and prior to the construction of Oakshott Court in 1974, 4 tenement type blocks of flats were built on the site at Clarendon Sq/Phoenix Rd called Polygon Buildings. These were primarily for people working for the Midland Railway and subsequently British Rail. My family lived for 5 years in Block C in the 1950s. It seems that very few photos exist of these buildings.

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Steve   
Added: 19 Mar 2024 08:42 GMT   

Road construction and houses completed
New Charleville Circus road layout shown on Stanford’s Library Map Of London And Its Suburbs 1879 with access via West Hill only.

Plans showing street numbering were recorded in 1888 so we can concluded the houses in Charleville Circus were built by this date.

Source: Charleville Circus, Sydenham, London

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Steve   
Added: 19 Mar 2024 08:04 GMT   

Charleville Circus, Sydenham: One Place Study (OPS)
One Place Study’s (OPS) are a recent innovation to research and record historical facts/events/people focused on a single place �’ building, street, town etc.

I have created an open access OPS of Charleville Circus on WikiTree that has over a million members across the globe working on a single family tree for everyone to enjoy, for free, forever.

Source: Charleville Circus, Sydenham, London

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Charles   
Added: 8 Mar 2024 20:45 GMT   

My House
I want to know who lived in my house in the 1860’s.

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NH   
Added: 7 Mar 2024 11:41 GMT   

Telephone House
Donald Hunter House, formerly Telephone House, was the BT Offices closed in 2000

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Preston Road Preston Road - originally just ’Preston’ - is situated west along the Metropolitan Line from Wembley Park.
Preston Road
Uxendon Farm Uxendon was once more important than Wembley.
Uxendon Farm

NEARBY STREETS
Arnold Close, HA9 Arnold Close is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Arnold Close, HA9
Ashley Gardens, HA9 Ashley Gardens is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Ashley Gardens, HA9
Aylands Close, HA9 Aylands Close is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Aylands Close, HA9
Belvedere Way, HA3 Belvedere Way is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Belvedere Way, HA3
Blackberry Court, HA3 Blackberry Court can be found on Preston Road (Preston Road)
Blackberry Court, HA3
Campion Close, HA3 A street within the HA3 postcode (Preston Road)
Campion Close, HA3
Carlton Avenue East, HA9 Carlton Avenue East is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Carlton Avenue East, HA9
Carlton Parade, HA9 Carlton Parade is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Carlton Parade, HA9
College Road, HA9 College Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
College Road, HA9
Crown Green Mews, HA9 Crown Green Mews is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Crown Green Mews, HA9
Elmstead Avenue, HA9 Elmstead Avenue is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Wembley Park)
Elmstead Avenue, HA9
Emerson Gardens, HA3 Emerson Gardens lies within the HA3 postcode (Preston Road)
Emerson Gardens, HA3
Fernleigh Court, HA9 Fernleigh Court is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Fernleigh Court, HA9
First Avenue, HA9 First Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (South Kenton)
First Avenue, HA9
Glendale Gardens, HA9 Glendale Gardens is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Glendale Gardens, HA9
Grasmere Avenue, HA9 Grasmere Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (South Kenton)
Grasmere Avenue, HA9
Highfield Avenue, HA9 Highfield Avenue is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Highfield Avenue, HA9
Hillside Gardens, HA3 Hillside Gardens is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Hillside Gardens, HA3
John Perrin Place, HA3 John Perrin Place is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
John Perrin Place, HA3
Keysham Court, HA9 Keysham Court lies off Preston Road (Preston Road)
Keysham Court, HA9
Ledway Drive, HA9 Ledway Drive is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Ledway Drive, HA9
Ledway Drive, HA9 Ledway Drive is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Ledway Drive, HA9
Logan Road, HA9 Logan Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Logan Road, HA9
Longfield Avenue, HA9 Longfield Avenue is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Longfield Avenue, HA9
May Gardens, HA0 May Gardens is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex
May Gardens, HA0
Oxenpark Avenue, HA9 Oxenpark Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Oxenpark Avenue, HA9
Page Close, HA3 Page Close is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Page Close, HA3
Park Court, HA3 A street within the HA3 postcode (Preston Road)
Park Court, HA3
Pellatt Road, HA9 Pellatt Road is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Pellatt Road, HA9
Preston Road, HA3 Preston Road is a main shopping road leading past the station of the same name (Preston Road)
Preston Road, HA3
Preston Waye, HA9 Preston Waye is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Preston Waye, HA9
Rainbird Close, HA0 Rainbird Close is a location in London
Rainbird Close, HA0
Ravenscroft Avenue, HA9 Ravenscroft Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Ravenscroft Avenue, HA9
Robin Grove, HA3 Robin Grove lies within the HA3 postcode (Preston Road)
Robin Grove, HA3
Sandy Lane, HA3 Sandy Lane is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Sandy Lane, HA3
Second Avenue, HA9 Second Avenue is a road in the HA9 postcode area (South Kenton)
Second Avenue, HA9
Shaftesbury Avenueon, HA3 A street within the HA3 postcode (Preston Road)
Shaftesbury Avenueon, HA3
Shakespeare Drive, HA3 Shakespeare Drive is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Shakespeare Drive, HA3
Silverholme Close, HA3 Silverholme Close is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Kenton)
Silverholme Close, HA3
The Avenue, HA9 The Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Wembley Park)
The Avenue, HA9
Third Avenue, HA9 Third Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (South Kenton)
Third Avenue, HA9
Tylers Gate, HA3 Tylers Gate is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Tylers Gate, HA3
Vane Close, HA3 Vane Close is a road in the HA3 postcode area (Preston Road)
Vane Close, HA3
Viewfield Close, HA3 Viewfield Close is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Viewfield Close, HA3
Walton Gardens, HA9 Walton Gardens is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Walton Gardens, HA9
Warren Close, HA9 Warren Close is a location in London (Preston Road)
Warren Close, HA9
West Close, HA9 West Close is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Wembley Park)
West Close, HA9
Wilson Close, HA9 Wilson Close is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Wilson Close, HA9
Wilson Drive, HA9 Wilson Drive is a road in the HA9 postcode area (Preston Road)
Wilson Drive, HA9
Woodcock Court, HA3 Woodcock Court is a block just off Woodcock Hill (Preston Road)
Woodcock Court, HA3
Woodford Place, HA9 Woodford Place is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Preston Road)
Woodford Place, HA9
Wykeham Hill, HA9 Wykeham Hill is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex (Wembley Park)
Wykeham Hill, HA9

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