Passmore Edwards Public Library

Library in/near Shepherds Bush, existed between 1895 and 2011

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Passmore Edwards Public Library

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The Passmore Edwards Public Library on the Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, was built in 1895 and funded by the journalist and philanthropist Passmore Edwards.

It is one of a number of public libraries that still bear his name today. In 2008 a new library was built in Shepherd’s Bush, part of the substantial Westfield London development, and the Passmore Edwards library fell into disuse. In October 2011 it re-opened as the new home of the Bush Theatre.




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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?


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Norman Norrington   
Added: 28 Dec 2020 08:31 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
I was born in Hammersmith Hospital (Ducane Rd) I lived at 40 Blecynden Street from birth in 1942 to 1967 when I moved due to oncoming demolition for the West way flyover.
A bomb fell locally during the war and cracked one of our windows, that crack was still there the day I left.
It was a great street to have grown up in I have very fond memories of living there.



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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.

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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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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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GRaleigh   
Added: 23 Feb 2021 09:34 GMT   

Found a bug
Hi all! Thank you for your excellent site. I found an overlay bug on the junction of Glengall Road, NW6 and Hazelmere Road, NW6 on the 1950 map only. It appears when one zooms in at this junction and only on the zoom.

Cheers,
Geoff Raleigh

Source: Glengall Road, NW6

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Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

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Christine Clark   
Added: 20 Feb 2021 11:27 GMT   

Number 44 (1947 - 1967)
The Clark’s moved here from Dorking my father worked on the Thames as a captain of shell mex tankers,there were three children, CHristine, Barbara and Frank, my mother was Ida and my father Frank.Our house no 44 and 42 were pulled down and we were relocated to Bromley The rest of our family lived close by in Milton Court Rd, Brocklehurat Street, Chubworthy street so one big happy family..lovely days.

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Linda    
Added: 18 Feb 2021 22:03 GMT   

Pereira Street, E1
My grandfather Charles Suett lived in Periera Street & married a widowed neighbour there. They later moved to 33 Bullen House, Collingwood Street where my father was born.

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Born here
www.violettrefusis.com   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com

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Vanessa Whitehouse   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 22:48 GMT   

Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

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Added: 16 Feb 2021 13:41 GMT   

Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

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Justin Russ   
Added: 15 Feb 2021 20:25 GMT   

Binney Street, W1K
Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Beaumont Arms The former Beaumont Arms at 170 Uxbridge Road has been known by later names such as "Edwards" and "The Defectors Weld".
Bush Theatre The Bush Theatre is located in the Passmore Edwards Public Library, Shepherd’s Bush.
Cape Nursery The Cape Nursery once lay along the south side of Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Dimco Buildings The Dimco Buildings housed the earliest (extant) example of an electricity generating station built for the London Underground.
Passmore Edwards Public Library The Passmore Edwards Public Library on the Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, was built in 1895 and funded by the journalist and philanthropist Passmore Edwards.
Shepherd’s Bush Market Shepherd’s Bush Market is a station on both the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.
Shepherd’s Bush Market Shepherd’s Bush Market is a street market located on the east side of the railway viaduct for the Hammersmith and City Tube line.
Shepherd’s Bush Market Shepherd’s Bush Market was first established in 1914.
Shepherd’s Bush Village Hall Shepherd’s Bush Village Hall is a Victorian building on Wood Lane.
White City bus station White City bus station serves the Westfield London shopping centre.
Wood Lane (1914) Wood Lane - apparently London’s "go-to" station.
Wood Lane cottages (1890) Old cottages in Wood Lane, c. 1890.

NEARBY STREETS
Abdale Road, W12 Abdale Road is located near the ’Groves’ area of Shepherd’s Bush.
Aldine Street, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
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
Bamborough Gardens, W6 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Bloemfontein Avenue, W12 Bloemfontein Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bloemfontein Way, W12 Bloemfontein Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bourbon Lane, W12 Bourbon Lane is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bulwer Street, W12 Bulwer Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Caxton Road, W12 Caxton Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Charecroft Way, W14 Charecroft Way is a street in West Kensington.
Charecroft Way, W14 Shepherd’s East is a block.
Coverdale Road, W12 Coverdale Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Devonport Road, W12 Devonport Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
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
Frithville Gardens, W12 Frithville Gardens is a road in the W12 postcode area
Gainsborough Court, W12 Gainsborough Court is a road in the W12 postcode area
Godolphin Road, W12 Godolphin Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Goldhawk Mews, W6 Goldhawk Mews is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hetley Road, W12 Hetley Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hopgood Street, W12 Hopgood Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Imre Close, W12 Imre Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Ingersoll Road, W12 Ingersoll Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Lime Grove, W12 Lime Grove is a road in the W12 postcode area
Loftus Road, W12 Loftus Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Macfarlane Place, W12 Macfarlane Place - a road with two lifetimes.
Macfarlane Road, W12 Macfarlane Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Market Approach, W12 Market Approach is a road in the W12 postcode area
Millers Way, W14 Millers Way is a street in Hammersmith.
Minford Gardens, W14 Minford Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Pennard Road, W12 Pennard Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Rockley Court, W12 Rockley Court is a road in the W14 postcode area
Rockley Road, W14 Rockley Road is a street in West Kensington.
Samuels Close, W12 Samuels Close is a road in the W6 postcode area
Scotts Road, W12 Scotts Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Shepherd’s Bush Green, W14 Shepherds Bush Green is the southern section of road lining Shepherd’s Bush Green itself.
Shepherds Bush Road, W6 Shepherds Bush Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Shepherd’s Bush Place, W12 Shepherd’s Bush Place was formerly known as Providence Place.
St. Stephen’s Avenue, W12 St. Stephen’s Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
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
Sterne Street, W12 Sterne Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stowe Road, W12 Stowe Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tadmor Street, W12 Tadmor Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
The Grampians, W14 The Grampians is a street in Hammersmith.
The Trail, W6 The Trail is a road in the W12 postcode area
Thornfield Road, W12 Thornfield Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tunis Road, W12 Tunis Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Uxbridge Road, W12 Uxbridge Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Verulam House, W6 Residential block
Warbeck Road, W12 Warbeck Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Wells Road, W12 Wells Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
West Cross Route, W11 The West Cross Route is a 1.21 km-long dual carriageway running north-south between the northern elevated roundabout junction with the western end of Westway (A40) and the southern Holland Park Roundabout.
Westfield Way, W12 Westfield Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Westwick Gardens, W14 Westwick Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Wood Lane Arches, W12 Wood Lane Arches is a location in London.
Woodger Road, W12 Woodger Road is a road in the W12 postcode area


Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 1900–05, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools – some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past – are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Shepherd's Bush Market in the 1950s
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Martin Street, looking west (1960s)
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Ansleigh Place, W11
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Carthew Road, W6
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Kenilworth Castle
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Wood Lane station, c.1914
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In the neighbourhood...

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Percy Thrower and John Noakes in the Blue Peter Garden, 1975
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Shepherd's Bush Market in the 1950s
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In the mid 19th century, the area from Brook Green to Shepherd’s Bush & east to Counter’s Creek was almost wholly devoted to brickmaking. Lakeside Road lay in the heart of the gravel pits between Shepherd’s Bush and Brook Green, known as the ‘Ocean’ owing to its marshes and lying water caused by digging for brick clay.
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Wood Lane station, c.1914
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White City Close
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Wood Lane station, MacFarlane Place entrance (1937)
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