Blue Peter Garden

Non-open space in/near Shepherds Bush, existed between 1974 and 2011.

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The original garden, adjacent to Television Centre, was designed by Percy Thrower in 1974.

Its features include an Italian sunken garden with a pond, which contains goldfish, a vegetable patch, greenhouse and viewing platform. George the Tortoise was interred in the garden following his death in 2004, and there is also a bust of the dog Petra, sculptures of Mabel and the Blue Peter ship, and a plaque in honour of Percy Thrower.

When the programme’s production base moved to Salford MediaCityUK in September 2011, sections of the garden, including the sculptures and the sunken pond, were carefully relocated to the piazza of the new studio facility.

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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

Lived here
Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play �’ and me of sorts �’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’

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Susan Wright   
Added: 16 Sep 2017 22:42 GMT   

Ada Crowe, 9 Bramley Mews
My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.


Added: 17 May 2023 11:50 GMT   

Milson Road (1908 - 1954)
My grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents the Manley family lived at 33 Milson Road from 1908 to 1935. My grandad was born at 33 Milson Road. His parents George and Grace had all four of their chidren there. When his father Edward died his mother moved to 67 Milson in 1935 Road and lived there until 1954 (records found so far, it may be longer). Before that they lived in the Porten Road. I wonder if there is anyone that used to know them? My grandad was Charles ’Ted’ Manley, his parents were called George and Grace and George’s parents were called Edward and Bessie. George worked in a garage and Edward was a hairdresser.

Joan Clarke   
Added: 2 Feb 2021 10:54 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My late aunt Ivy Clarke (nee Burridge) lived with her whole family at 19 Avondale Park Gardens, according to the 1911 census and she was still there in 1937.What was it like in those days, I wonder, if the housing was only built in 1920?


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.


Dave Fahey   
Added: 6 Jan 2021 02:40 GMT   

Bombing of the Jack O Newberry
My maternal grandfather, Archie Greatorex, was the licensee of the Earl of Warwick during the Second World War. My late mother Vera often told the story of the bombing of the Jack. The morning after the pub was bombed, the landlord’s son appeared at the Warwick with the pub’s till on an old pram; he asked my grandfather to pay the money into the bank for him. The poor soul was obviously in shock. The previous night, his parents had taken their baby down to the pub cellar to shelter from the air raids. The son, my mother never knew his name, opted to stay in his bedroom at the top of the building. He was the only survivor. I often wondered what became of him.

Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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

ken gaston   
Added: 16 Jan 2021 11:04 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My grandmother Hilda Baker and a large family lived in number 18 . It was a close community and that reflected in the coronation celebration held on the central green . I grew up in that square and went to school at Sirdar Road then St. Clements it was a great place to grow up with a local park and we would also trek to Holland Park or Kensington Gardens .Even then the area was considered deprived and a kindergarden for criminals . My generation were the first to escape to the new towns and became the overspill from London to get decent housing and living standards .

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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 15:38 GMT   

6 East Row (1960 - 1960)
We lived at 6 East Row just before it was demolished.

danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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.

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.

Added: 31 Mar 2023 15:07 GMT   

BlackJack Playground
Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance was my favourite childhood park.I went to St Mary’s Catholic school, East Row from Nursery all the way through to Year 6 before Secondary School and I was taken here to play most days. There was a centre piece flower bed in the Voysey Garden surrounded by a pond which my classmates and I used to jump over when no one was looking. The Black jack playground was the go to playground for our sports days and my every day shortcut to get close to the half penny steps foot bridge via Kensal Road. There was also a shop where we could buy ice lollies on hot summer days.The Southern Row side of the Park was filled with pebbles which used to be so fun to walk through as a child, I used to walk through the deepness of the pebbles to get to Bosworth Road or east towards Hornimans Adventure Park.



Jean Deane   
Added: 2 Oct 2023 16:43 GMT   

Advertisement for a laundry in Mill Lane, Brixton Hill, SW2 from early 1900’s
The New Imperial Laundry

Source: From a Ladies glance guide for Mistress and Maid


Added: 24 Sep 2023 19:09 GMT   

Meyrick Rd
My family - Roe - lived in poverty at 158 Meyrick Rd in the 1920s, moving to 18 Lavender Terrace in 1935. They also lived in York Rd at one point. Alf, Nell (Ellen), plus children John, Ellen (Did), Gladys, Joyce & various lodgers. Alf worked for the railway (LMS).

Born here
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT   

Momentous Birth!
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School


Mike Levy   
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT   

Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"


Lady Townshend   
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT   

Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received


Alex Britton   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 10:43 GMT   

Late opening
The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).

But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).

Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT   

Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT   

The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.


Blue Peter Garden The original garden, adjacent to Television Centre, was designed by Percy Thrower in 1974.
Dimco Buildings The Dimco Buildings housed the earliest (extant) example of an electricity generating station built for the London Underground.
Franco-British Exhibition In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition was constructed over a 140-acre site at White City in London.
Loftus Road stadium Loftus Road Stadium is a football stadium in Shepherd’s Bush and home to Queens Park Rangers.
Old Oak Farm Old Oak Farm, by the end of its existence, was a notable stud farm and also housed kennels.
Television Centre Television Centre is a complex in White City that was the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013.
White City bus station White City bus station serves the Westfield London shopping centre.
White City Estate The 50-acre White City Estate was built in 1938-1939 on the former White City Exhibition Grounds.
White City Place White City Place is the name given to the collection of buildings formerly known as BBC Media Village.
White City Place White City Place is a collection of buildings previously known as BBC Media Village.
White City Stadium White City Stadium was built for the 1908 Summer Olympics, and hosted the finish of the first modern marathon.
Wood Lane (1914) Wood Lane - apparently London’s "go-to" station.
Wood Lane cottages (1890) Old cottages in Wood Lane, c. 1890.

Abdale Road, W12 Abdale Road is located near the ’Groves’ area of Shepherd’s Bush.
Abercrombie House, W12 Abercrombie House is a block on Bloemfontein Road.
Ariel Way, W12 Ariel Way connects White City bus station with Shephard’s Bush.
Arminger Road, W12 Arminger Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Auckland House, W12 Auckland House is a block on Bloemfontein Road.
Australia Road, W12 Australia Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Baird House, W12 Baird House is located on South Africa Road.
Bathurst House, W12 Bathurst House is a block on Australia Road.
Batman Close, W12 Batman Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bentinck House, W12 Bentinck House is sited on Lawrence Close.
Blaxland House, W12 Blaxland House is a building on India Way.
Bloemfontein Avenue, W12 Bloemfontein Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bloemfontein Road, W12 Bloemfontein Road is one of the main roads of the White City Estate.
Bloemfontein Way, W12 Bloemfontein Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Brisbane House, W12 Brisbane House is a block on Westway.
Bronze Walk, W12 Bronze Walk is a location in London.
Campbell House, W12 Campbell House is a block on Bloemfontein Road.
Canada Way, W12 Canada Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Carteret House, W12 Carteret House is a building on MacKenzie Close.
Centre House, W12 Centre House is a block on Wood Lane.
Champlain House, W12 Champlain House is located on Canada Way.
Charnock House, W12 Charnock House is located on Bloemfontein Road.
Collingbourne Road, W12 Collingbourne Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Commonwealth Avenue, W12 Commonwealth Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Cornwallis House, W12 Cornwallis House is a building on India Way.
Creighton Close, W12 Creighton Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Cumming House, W12 Cumming House is a block on Bloemfontein Road.
Denham House, W12 Denham House is a block on South Africa Road.
Depot Road, W12 Depot Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Dorando Close, W12 Dorando Close commemorates Dorando Pietri who finished first in the marathon of the 1908 London Olympics but was disqualified for receiving assistance.
Durban House, W12 Durban House is a block on Australia Road.
Ellenborough House, W12 Ellenborough House is a block on Westway.
Ellerslie Road, W12 Ellerslie Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Ethelden Road, W12 Ethelden Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Fountain Park Way, W12 Fountain Park Way is a location in London.
Frey House, W12 Frey House is sited on Australia Road.
Frithville Gardens, W12 Frithville Gardens is a road in the W12 postcode area
Garden House, W12 Garden House is a block on Dorando Close.
Hastings House, W12 Hastings House is a block on Australia Road.
Havelock Close, W12 Havelock Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hudson Close, W12 Hudson Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Imre Close, W12 Imre Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
India Way, W12 India Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
India Way, W12 A street within the W12 postcode
Ingersoll Road, W12 Ingersoll Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Lawrence Close, W12 Lawrence Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Light House, W12 Light House is sited on Wood Lane.
Loftus Road, W12 Loftus Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Lugard House, W12 Lugard House is a block on Batman Close.
Macfarlane Place, W12 Macfarlane Place - a road with two lifetimes.
Macfarlane Road, W12 Macfarlane Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Mackay House, W12 Mackay House is a block on South Africa Road.
Mackenzie Close, W12 Mackenzie Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Malabar Court, W12 Malabar Court is a block on Commonwealth Avenue.
Ormiston Grove, W12 Ormiston Grove dates from the Edwardian era.
Phipps House, W12 Phipps House is a block on Canada Way.
Pring Street, W10 The unusually-named Pring Street was situated between Bard Road and Latimer Road.
Relay Road, W12 Relay Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Samuels Close, W12 Samuels Close is a road in the W6 postcode area
Shabana Court, W12 Shabana Court lies off Bloemfontein Road.
Silver Road, W12 Silver Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
South Africa Road, W12 South Africa Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stadium House, W12 Stadium House is located on Wood Lane.
Stanlake Road, W12 Stanlake Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stanlake Villas, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Television Centre, W12 Television Centre is a location in London.
The Network, W12 The Network is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tunis Road, W12 Tunis Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Westfield London Shopping Centre, W12 Westfield London Shopping Centre is a location in London.
White City Close, W12 White City Close was designed as a compact series of two- to four-storey brown-brick terraces enclosing landscaped footways and courts.
White City Road, W12 White City Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Winthrop House, W12 Winthrop House can be found on Australia Road.
Wolfe House, W12 Wolfe House is a building on Dorando Close.
Wood Crescent, W12 Wood Crescent is a location in London.
Wood Lane Arches, W12 Wood Lane Arches is a location in London.
Wood Lane, W12 Wood Lane runs from Shepherd’s Bush to Wormwood Scrubs and lies wholly in London W12.
Yonex House, W12 Yonex House is a block on Wood Lane.


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Shepherds Bush

Shepherd’s Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Although it is primarily residential in character, its focus is the shopping area of Shepherd’s Bush Green, with the Westfield shopping centre lying a short distance to the north. The main thoroughfares are Uxbridge Road, Goldhawk Road and Askew Road, all containing a large number of small and mostly independent shops, pubs and restaurants. The Loftus Road football stadium in Shepherd’s Bush is home to Queens Park Rangers F.C.. In 2011, the population of the area was 39,724.

The district is bounded by Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park and Notting Hill to the east, Harlesden to the north and by Acton and Chiswick to the west. White City forms the northern part of Shepherd’s Bush. Shepherd’s Bush comprises the Shepherd’s Bush Green, Askew, and White City wards.

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Princess Louise Hospital
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Shepherd’s Bush Market in the 1950s

The construction of the White City Estate began in the late 1930s and was finished after the Second World War. It is named after the White City Exhibition that took place on the site in 1908. The estate was built by the London County Council. 23 blocks were completed by the outbreak of the war, with the rest completed afterwards.
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London West Ten
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Bloemfontein Road - part of the White City estate
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Wood Lane station, c.1914

White City Close
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The Wellington Arms, c. 1900 Tatcho (advertised on a hoarding) was a brand of hair restorer.

Wood Lane station, MacFarlane Place entrance (1937)

Gardener’s Cottage, Wood House, Wood Lane (1880) In 1894, the grounds called Woodhouse Park were opened to the public, with ornamental gardens, ballooning, lawn tennis and a model of Stonehenge.
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Wood Lane (Central Line) station with a pivoting wooden platform extension. Prior to the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition, the western terminus of the Central London Railway was at Shepherd’s Bush. North of Shepherd’s Bush was Wood Lane depot. When the exhibition opened, a temporary station was constructed within the northern perimeter of the depot on the site of the reversing siding. A new tunnel was bored to connect directly to the end of the eastbound tunnel at Shepherd’s Bush station, forming a loop. As constructed for the exhibition, Wood Lane station had just a single track with platforms on each side: one for loading and the other for unloading. Trains entered the station anti-clockwise in a westbound direction from the tunnel under the depot, and exited heading south back into the tunnel in the direction of Shepherd’s Bush station. Following the success of the exhibition a number of other entertainment venues, notably White City Stadium, grew up in the area and the temporary station at Wood Lane became a permanent fixture. Wood Lane became the western terminus of the CLR. Until the late 1920s, the railway used carriages that were accessed by gated entrances at the carriage ends. When new rolling stock was introduced with sliding pneumatic doors, Wood Lane’s loop platforms had to be extended to provide access to all doors but it was not possible to extend the platform on the inside of the loop (the south side) as it interfered with an access track to the depot. A pivoting section of platform - seen here - was constructed that could be moved to allow access to the depot to be made when required.

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