Cromwell Curve

Rail in/near Kensington, existed between 1871 and 1956

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Cromwell Curve

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The Cromwell Curve was a short section of railway line between Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.

The line was opened by the District Railway (DR) on 5 July 1871. The tracks formed a triangle across the end of the v connecting the District’s existing routes from Earl’s Court station to Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington, and ran in a cutting parallel to the Metropolitan Railway (MR). The name derives from Cromwell Road which is immediately south of the site of the curve.


The track was opened without Parliamentary authority in an attempt by the DR to increase its share of the revenues from the Inner Circle (now the Circle line), which were divided on the basis of mileage of track owned by the DR and the MR. Sir John Fowler arbitrated the dispute, ruling on 27 July that Inner Circle receipts were to be divided 67% to the Metropolitan and 33% to the District (revised to 50:50 in 1878, due to increased traffic from the District’s western lines). Although the Cromwell Curve was used only occasionally, the dispute between the two companies continued until 1903, when the matter was finally decided in favour of the Metropolitan.

The 240-metre long curve was closed in 1956 and the tracks are no longer in place.




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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bailey’s Hotel The Bailey’s Hotel, 140 Gloucester Road, is a historic hotel in Kensington.
Cromwell Curve The Cromwell Curve was a short section of railway line between Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.
Earl's Court Farm Earl’s Court Farm is pictured here as it was in 1867, before the opening of the underground station two years later.
Nokes Estate Nokes Estate was an agricultural estate in the Earl’s Court area, formerly known as Wattsfield.
St Mary Abbot’s St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse.
The Bentley London The Bentley London is a luxury hotel located at 27-33 Harrington Gardens in South Kensington.
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, formerly the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, was a drama school, and originally a singing school.

NEARBY STREETS
Abingdon Villas, W8 Abingdon Villas runs between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road.
Adam And Eve Mews, W8 Adam And Eve Mews is a street in Kensington.
Albert Mews, SW7 Albert Mews is a small cobbled mews, built in 1865
Allen Street, W8 Allen Street extends south from Kensington High Street.
Alma Studios, W8 Alma Studios is a street in Kensington.
Ambassador’s Court, SW1A Ambassador’s Court is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Ashburn Gardens, SW7 Ashburn Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ashburn Place, SW7 Ashburn Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Astwood Mews, SW7 Astwood Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Atherstone Mews, SW7 Atherstone Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Barkston Gardens, SW5 Barkston Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Beatrice Place, W8 Beatrice Place is a street in Kensington.
Bina Gardens, SW5 Bina Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Blithfield Street, W8 Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.
Chantry Square, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Cheniston Gardens, W8 Cheniston Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Childs Place, SW5 Childs Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Colbeck Mews, SW7 Colbeck Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Collingham Place, SW5 Collingham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Collingham Road, SW5 Collingham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Cornwall Gardens Walk, SW7 Cornwall Gardens Walk is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Cornwall Gardens, SW7 Cornwall Gardens is a long, narrow garden square.
Cottesmore Court, W8 Cottesmore Court is a street in Kensington.
Cottesmore Gardens, W8 Cottesmore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Courtfield Gardens, SW5 Courtfield Gardens is named after the field beneath it, cultivated until the 19th century.
Courtfield Road, SW7 Courtfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Cromwell Road, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Cromwell Road, SW5 Once known as Cromwell Lane, the road was named after one of Cromwell’s sons who lived here.
Cromwell Road, SW7 Cromwell Road is a major London road, designated as part of the A4.
Devonshire Place, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Earls Court Gardens, SW5 Earls Court Gardens runs from Earl’s Court station to Knaresborough Place.
Earl’s Court Road, SW5 Earl’s Court Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Eldon Road, W8 Eldon Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Elvaston Mews, SW7 Elvaston Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Elvaston Place, SW7 Elvaston Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Emperor’s Gate, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Emperors Gate, SW7 Emperors Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Gloucester Arcade, SW7 Gloucester Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Gloucester Road, SW7 Gloucester Road is a main street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Gore Street, SW7 Gore Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Grenville Place, SW7 Grenville Place connects Cornwall Gardens and Launceston Place in the north with Cromwell Road in the south.
Harrington Gardens, SW7 Harrington Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Hereford Square, SW7 Hereford Square is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Hesper Mews, SW5 Hesper Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Hogarth Place, SW5 Hogarth Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Hogarth Road, SW5 Hogarth Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Iverna Gardens, W8 Iverna Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Kelso Place, W8 Kelso Place is a street in Kensington.
Kenway Road, SW5 Kenway Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Knaresborough Place, SW5 Knaresborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Kynance Mews, SW7 Kynance Mews consists of 33 residential properties on a mews road which starts at Gloucester Road and ends in a cul-de-sac.
Kynance Place, SW7 Kynance Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Launceston Place, SW7 Launceston Place is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Launceston Place, W8 Launceston Place is a street in Kensington.
Laverton Place, SW5 Laverton Place is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Lexham Gardens, SW5 Lexham Gardens is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Lexham Gardens, W8 Lexham Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Lexham Mews, W8 Lexham Mews is a street in Kensington.
Marloes Road, SW5 Marloes Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
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Marlogs Road, W8 Marlogs Road is a street in Kensington.
McLeod’s Mews, SW7 McLeod’s Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Nevern Place, SW5 Nevern Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Old Manor Yard, SW5 Old Manor Yard is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Osten Mews, SW7 Osten Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Pennant Mews, W8 Pennant Mews is a street in Kensington.
Petersham Mews, SW7 Petersham Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Petersham Place, SW7 Petersham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queen’s Gate Mews, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 Queens Gate Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Gate Mews, SW7 Queens Gate Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Gate Place Mews, SW7 Queens Gate Place Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Gate Place, SW7 Queens Gate Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Gate Terrace, SW7 Queens Gate Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queen’s Gate Place Mews, SW7 Queen’s Gate Place Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Radley Mews, W8 Radley Mews is a street in Kensington.
Redfield Lane, SW5 Redfield Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Rosary Gardens, SW7 Rosary Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Scarsdale Place, W8 Scarsdale Place is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Villas, W8 Scarsdale Villas is a street in Kensington.
South End Row, W8 South End Row is a street in Kensington.
South End, W8 South End is a street in Kensington.
Southwell Gardens, SW7 Southwell Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Spear Mews, SW5 Spear Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
St Albans Grove, W8 St Albans Grove is a street in Kensington.
St Margarets Lane, W8 St Margarets Lane is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Gate, W8 St. Mary’s Gate is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Place, W8 St. Mary’s Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stanford Road, W8 Stanford Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stanhope Gardens, SW7 Stanhope Gardens was built in the 1860s in developments following the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Stanhope Mews South, SW7 Stanhope Mews South is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Stanhope Mews West, SW7 Stanhope Mews West is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Stone Hall Gardens, W8 Stone Hall Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Stratford Road, W8 Stratford Road is a street in Kensington.
Sunningdale Gardens, W8 Sunningdale Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Templeton Place, SW5 Templeton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Trebouir Road, SW5 Trebouir Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Trebovir Road, SW5 Trebovir Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Victoria Grove, W8 Victoria Grove is a street in Kensington.
Wetherby Gardens, SW5 Wetherby Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
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Kensington

Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.

The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops.

The edges of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington blurs into Chelsea, which has a similar architectural style. To the west, a transition is made across the West London railway line and Earl's Court Road further south into other districts, whilst to the north, the only obvious dividing line is Holland Park Avenue, to the north of which is the similar district of Notting Hill.

Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares.

Kensington is also very densely populated; it forms part of the most densely populated local government district (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings; instead, it has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Victorian and Georgian terraced houses (generally of some four to six floors) into flats.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Gloucester Road, 1866
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Earl's Court Farm (1867)
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Marloes Road, W8
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