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December
11
2015

Walmer Road is the oldest street in the area, dating from the eighteenth century or before.

Walmer Road started as an established footpath called Greene’s Lane and appears as such on the 1800 map of the area. It connected the Uxbridge Road (Holland Park Avenue) with one of the only buildings north of this turnpike road - Notting Barns Farm.

The soil was ideal for brickmaking and brickfields moved into the area in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Once hollowed out, these easily flooded.

Beside one such flooded brickfield, the settlement of Notting Dale was established. the main street of the small settlement, part of Greene’s Lane, became called James Street.

The manufacture of pottery appears to have been established here before 1827 by Ralph Adams (fn. 8) of Gray’s Inn Road, brick- and tilemaker, who between 1826 and 1831 was the building lessee for most of the houses in Holland Park Avenue between Ladbroke Grove and Portland Road, the earth for the bricks having been no doubt dug from the Potteries area. The ratebooks first refer to this locality as ’the Potteries’ in 1833. The tithe map of 1844 shows what appears to be a kiln on the east side of Pottery Lane near the present No. 34. The only kiln shown on the Ordnance Survey map surveyed in 1863 is that which still stands on the east side of Walmer Road opposite to Avondale Park.

James Street was renamed Walmer Road sometime in the 1850s. St. Andrew’s, was built at the corner of Walmer and Lancaster Roads in 1862.

Cholera was a constant companion. The only covered sewer in the area extended along the modern Walmer Road, but at too high a level to provide drainage for the houses there. The only possible outfall was to the main Counter’s Creek sewer, some 1,300 feet to the westward, and by September 1849 the building of a sewer was in progress.

There were improvements in other directions. As early as 1853 Mary Bayly had formed a Mothers’ Society in the Potteries, for the education of its members in the elements of hygiene, and between 1858 and 1863 the first makeshift schools in the area were replaced by permanent buildings—a ragged school, built under Lord Shaftesbury’s auspices, in Penzance Street in 1858, and St. James’s National Schools in Penzance Place in 1863. St. John’s Church was building a school on the west side of Walmer Road in 1861.

The streets were paved - Walmer Road was extending north - and taken over by the Vestry. By 1863 ’the Ocean’ (the flooded brickworks) had at last been filled in. Avondale Park was created in 1892 out of ’the Ocean’. This was part of a general clean-up of the area which had become known as the Potteries and Piggeries.

Despite the continued presence of pigs, a Dr Godrich felt able in 1869 to report that ’the Potteries are in a more cleanly and healthy condition, principally owing to the improved drainage afforded by the Metropolitan Board of Works’.

This part of Notting Dale was designated in Charles Booth’s 1902 survey as amongst London’s poorest and was long been perceived by Kensington Council as a blot on the local landscape.

By mid century it was characterised as the centre of the infamous race riots of 1958, the horrific murders in nearby Rillington Place a couple of years earlier, along with a more recent shotgun killing in Walmer Road. Its houses were in poor repair without inside sanitation or hot water.

The West Cross Route was first mooted in the 1950s as part of a projected vital major arterial road into central London from the west. The main artery was to be a four lane dual carriageway extension of the A40 beginning where the Westway met Wood Lane and ending by merging into the start of the Marylebone Road in Paddington. The road would be elevated to carry it above existing buildings so as to keep demolition of such property to a minimum. This objective was generally achieved throughout its four mile length through the capital except in the area of Notting Dale around Walmer Road which was to be the site of an access point along its route.

A new roundabout sited below the new road was necessary to facilitate vehicular access. As this roundabout was below the road a huge demolition programme was required to accommodate it which would decimate a large and densely populated part of Notting Dale completely destroying the community resident there. The roundabout was sited broadly in a square area bounded by Oldham Road to the west, Silchester Mews to the east, Walmer Road to the north and Silchester Road to the south. All these roads would disappear at least in part along with sections of Blechydon Street whilst Calverley Street, situated between Oldham Road and Silchester Mews, Silchester Terrace and Latimer Mews would disappear completely. Walmer Road was somewhat unique in that only the south side (nos 2-128) was to be demolished along with part of the north side (nos 3-49 and 103-121) leaving isolated in the middle almost an island of three blocks of the north side (nos 51-101) which would remain quite literally in the shadow of the elevated dual carriageway above.

Kensington Council viewed the construction of the West Cross Route as an ideal moment for some opportunist slum clearance though how much thought was given at the time to the fate of its occupants is extremely debatable. It may be worth noting that at this roundabout an exit was planned (and built and the spur still exists today) for a further dual carriageway to strike out northeastward to join the foot of the M1. This plan was by contrast floored by objections from residents of the adjoining St Quintins Estate and others.



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Lancefield Street, W10 Lancefield Street runs from Caird Street to Bruckner Street.
Langler Road, NW10 Langler Road is a street in Willesden.
Lansdowne Crescent, W11 Lansdowne Crescent has some of the most interesting and varied houses on the Ladbroke estate, as architects and builders experimented with different styles.
Lansdowne Mews, W11 Lansdowne Mews is a cul-de-sac in Notting Hill.
Lansdowne Rise, W11 Lansdowne Rise, W11 was originally called Montpelier Road.
Lansdowne Road, W11 Lansdowne Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Lansdowne Walk, W11 Lansdowne Walk was named after the Lansdowne area of Cheltenham.
Lavie Mews, W10 Lavie Mews, W10 was a mews connecting Portobello Road and Murchison Road.
Leamington Road Villas, W11 Leamington Road Villas is a street in Notting Hill.
Lily Close, W14 Lily Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Lionel Mews, W10 Lionel Mews was built around 1882 and probably disappeared in the 1970s.
Lisgar Terrace, W14 Lisgar Terrace is a road in the W14 postcode area
Lockton Street, W11 Lockton Street, just south of Latimer Road station is so insignificant that nary a soul know’s it’s there...
Lonsdale Road, W11 Lonsdale Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Lorne Gardens, W11 Lorne Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Lothrop Street, W10 Lothrop Street is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Lower Addison Gardens, W14 Lower Addison Gardens runs between Holland Road and Holland Villas Road.
Luxemburg Gardens, W6 Luxemburg Gardens is a street in Hammersmith.
Maclise Road, W14 Maclise Road is a street in West Kensington.
Malton Mews, W10 Malton Mews, formerly Oxford Mews, runs south off of Cambridge Gardens.
Malton Road, W10 Malton Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Manchester Drive, W10 Manchester Drive is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Manchester Road, W10 Manchester Road is one of the lost streets of North Kensington, now buried beneath a roundabout.
Maple Walk, W10 Post war development on the Queen’s Park Estate created some plant-based street names.
Marban Road, W9 Marban Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Marne Street, W10 Marne Street is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Martin Street, W10 Martin Street disappeared as the Latimer Road area was redeveloped.
Mary Place, W11 Mary Place connects Walmer Road with Sirdar Road.
Masbro Road, W14 Masbro Road is a street in West Kensington.
Matheson Road, W14 Matheson Road is a street in West Kensington.
Matthew Close, W10 Matthew Close is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Maxilla Gardens, W10 Maxilla Gardens was a former street in London W10.
Maxilla Walk, W10 Maxilla Walk is a street in North Kensington, London W10
McGregor Road, W11 McGregor Road runs between St Luke’s Road and All Saints Road.
Melbury Road, W14 Melbury Road is a street in West Kensington.
Mercers Place, W6 Mercers Place is a road in the W6 postcode area
Mersey Street, W10 Mersey Street - now demolished - was once Manchester Street.
Methwold Road, W10 Methwold Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Middle Row, W10 Middle Row is one of the original streets laid out as Kensal New Town.
Millers Way, W6 Millers Way is a street in Hammersmith.
Millwood Street, W10 Millwood Street is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Milson Road, W14 Milson Road is a street in West Kensington.
Minford Gardens, W14 Minford Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Morgan Road, W10 Morgan Road connects Wornington Road and St Ervans Road.
Mornington Avenue, W14 Mornington Avenue is a road in the W14 postcode area
Mortimer Road, NW10 Mortimer Road is a street in Willesden.
Mortimer Square, W11 Mortimer Square is a street in Notting Hill.
Mozart Street, W10 Mozart Street was part of the second wave of development of the Queen’s Park Estate.
Munden Street, W14 Munden Street is a street in West Kensington.
Munro Mews, W10 Munro Mews is a part cobbled through road that connects Wornington Road and Wheatstone Road.
Murchison Road, W10 Murchison Road existed for just under 100 years.
Napier Place, W14 Napier Place is a street in West Kensington.
Napier Road, W14 Napier Road is a street in West Kensington.
Netherwood Place, W14 Netherwood Place is a street in West Kensington.
Netherwood Road, W14 Netherwood Road is a street in West Kensington.
Nicholas Road, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Norburn Street, W10 Norburn Street is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Norland Place, W11 Norland Place began its life as Norland Stables.
Norland Road, W11 Norland Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Norland Square, W11 Norland Square is a street in Notting Hill.
North End Crescent, W14 North End Crescent is a street in West Kensington.
North End Cresent, W14 North End Cresent is a street in West Kensington.
North End Parade, W14 North End Parade is a street in West Kensington.
Nutbourne Street, W10 Nutbourne Street is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, W10
Oakwood Court, W14 Oakwood Court is a street in West Kensington.
Oakworth Road, W10 Oakworth Road dates from the 1920s when a cottage estate was built by the council.
Octavia House, W10 Octavia House on Southern Row was built in the late 1930s.
Olaf Street, W11 Olaf Street is a street in Notting Hill.
Oliphant Street, W10 Oliphant Street was the final alphabetical street on the original Queen’s Park Estate naming scheme.
Olympia Way, W14 Olympia Way is a street in West Kensington.
Onslow Close, W10 Onslow Close is in the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Orchard Close, W10 Orchard Close is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Oxford Gardens, W10 Oxford Gardens is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Oxford Gate, W14 Oxford Gate is a road in the W14 postcode area
Pamber Street, W10 Pamber Street is a lost street of North Kensington.
Pangbourne Avenue, W10 Pangbourne Avenue is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Park Close, W14 Park Close is a road in the W14 postcode area
Park Mews, W10 Park Mews is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Parry Road, W10 Parry Road is on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Peach Road, W10 Paach Road is one of the newer streets of the Queen’s Park Estate in London W10
Pember Road, NW10 Pember Road is one of the side streets to the west of Kilburn Lane, NW10
Pembroke Studios, W8 Pembroke Studios is a street in Kensington.
Pennymore Walk, W9 Pennymore Walk is a close which lies off of Ashmore Road.
Penzance Place, W11 Penzance Place is a street in Notting Hill.
Pinehurst Court, W11 Pinehurst Court is a mansion block at 1-9 Colville Gardens.
Porlock Street, W10 Bransford Street became Porlock Street before vanishing altogether.
Portland Gate, SW7 Portland Gate is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Portland Road, W11 Portland Road is a street in Notting Hill, rich at one end and poor at the other.
Portnall Road, W9 Portnall Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Portobello Road, W10 Portobello Road is split into two sections by the Westway/Hammersmith and City line.
Portobello Road, W11 Portobello Road is internationally famous for its market.
Pottery Lane, W11 Pottery Lane takes its name from the brickfields which were situated at the northern end of the street.
Powis Gardens, W11 Powis Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Powis Square, W11 Powis Square is a square between Talbot Road and Colville Terrace.
Powis Terrace, W11 Powis Terrace is a street in Notting Hill.
Prince’s Yard, W11 This is a small cul-de-sac off of Princes Road.
Princedale Road, W11 Princedale Road was formerly Princes Road.
Princes Place, W11 Princes Place is a street in Notting Hill.
Pring Street, W10 The unusually-named Pring Street was situated between Bard Road and Latimer Road.
Purves Road, NW10 Purves Road is named after the solicitor of the United Land Company who were developers in this area.
Queensdale Crescent, W11 Queensdale Crescent is a street in Notting Hill.
Queensdale Place, W11 Queensdale Place is a cul-de-sac which runs just off Queensdale Road.
Queensdale Road, W11 Queensdale Road is a long road stretching from west to east, containing terraces of Victorian houses.
Queensdale Walk, W11 Queensdale Walk is a small cul-de-sac with 2-storey cottages running south off Queensdale Road.
Rackham Street, W10 Rackham Street is a road that disappeared from the streetscape of London W10 in 1951.
Raddington Road, W10 Raddington Road is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Radnor Terrace, W14 Radnor Terrace is a road in the W14 postcode area
Rainham Road, NW10 Rainham Road, in Kensal Green, was laid out in 1895.
Raymede Street, W10 Raymede Street, after severe bomb damage in the area, disappeared after 1950.
Redan Street, W14 Redan Street is a street in West Kensington.
Regent Street, NW10 Regent Street, otherwise an obscure side street is one of the oldest roads in Kensal Green.
Relay Road, W12 Relay Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Rendle Street, W10 Rendle Street ran from Murchison Road to Telford Road.
Richmond Court, W14 Richmond Court is a road in the W14 postcode area
Richmond Way, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Richmond Way, W14 Richmond Way is a street in West Kensington.
Rifle Place, W11 Rifle Place is a road in the W11 postcode area
Rillington Place, W11 Rillington Place is a small street with an infamous history.
Riverton Close, W9 Riverton Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Rockley Court, W14 Rockley Court is a road in the W14 postcode area
Rockley Road, W14 Rockley Road is a street in West Kensington.
Ronan Walk, W10 Ronan Walk was one of the streets constructed in a 1970s build parallel to the Harrow Road.
Rootes Drive, W10 Rootes Drive is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Rosmead Road, W11 Rosmead Road, W11 was originally called Chichester Road.
Rowan Road, W6 Rowan Road is a street in Hammersmith.
Royal Crescent Mews, W11 Royal Crescent Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Royal Crescent, W11 The Royal Crescent is a Grade II* listed street in Holland Park.
Runcorn Place, W11 Runcorn Place was once Thomas Place, and before even that ’The Mews’.
Russell Gardens Mews, W14 Russell Gardens Mews is a street in West Kensington.
Russell Gardens, W14 Russell Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Russell Road, W14 Russell Road is a street in West Kensington.
Ruston Mews, W11 Ruston Mews, W11 was originally Crayford Mews.
Saint Lukes Mews, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Saint Marks Place, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Saint Mary Abbot’s Place, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Salters Road, W10 Salters Road lies on the site of an old playground.
Samuels Close, W6 Samuels Close is a road in the W6 postcode area
Saunders Grove, W11 Saunders Grove ran east from Norland Gardens.
Scampston Mews, W10 Scampston Mews is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Second Avenue, W10 Second Avenue is one of the streets of the Queen's Park Estate, W10
Severn Avenue, W10 Severn Avenue is a newer thoroughfare in the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Shalfleet Drive, W10 Shalfleet Drive is a newer road in the Latimer Road area of W10
Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 Shepherds Bush Green is the southern section of road lining Shepherd’s Bush Green itself.
Shepherds Bush Road, W12 Shepherds Bush Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Shepherds Bush Road, W6 Shepherds Bush Road is a street in Hammersmith.
Shepherd’s Bush Place, W12 Shepherd’s Bush Place was formerly known as Providence Place.
Shortlands, W6 Shortlands commemorates a local field name, first mentioned in the reign of Henry V.
Shrewsbury Court, EC1Y Shrewsbury Court is a road in the EC1Y postcode area
Shrewsbury Street, W10 Shrewsbury Street is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Silchester Mews, W10 Silchester Mews, shaped like an H, disappeared in 1969 under the Westway.
Silchester Road, W10 Silchester Road crosses the border between London W10 and London W11.
Silchester Street, W10 Silchester Street is a lost street of North Kensington.
Silchester Terrace, W10 Silchester Terrace was lost to W10 in the 1960s.
Silver Road, W12 Silver Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Silvester Mews, W11 Silvester Mews was a mews off of Basing Street, W11.
Sinclair Gardens, W14 Sinclair Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Sinclair Road, W14 Sinclair Road is a street in West Kensington.
Sirdar Road, W11 Sirdar Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Sixth Avenue, W10 Sixth Avenue is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Somerset Square, W14 Somerset Square is a street in West Kensington.
Souldern Road, W14 Souldern Road is a street in West Kensington.
Southam Street, W10 Southam Street was made world-famous in the photographs of Roger Mayne.
Southcombe Street, W14 Southcombe Street is a street in West Kensington.
Southern Row, W10 Southern Row was originally South Row to match the other streets in the neighbourhood.
Springvale Terrace, W14 Springvale Terrace is a street in West Kensington.
St Andrews Square, W11 St Andrews Square is a street in Notting Dale, formed when the Rillington Place area was demolished.
St Anns Road, W11 St Anns Road, along with St Anns Villas, runs north from Royal Crescent.
St Anns Villas, W11 St Ann’s Villas, leading into Royal Crescent, is a pleasant tree-lined if busy road.
St Charles Place, W10 St Charles Place is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Charles Square, W10 St Charles Square is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Columbs House, W10 St Columbs House is situated at 9-39 Blagrove Road.
St Ervans Road, W10 St Ervans Road is named after the home town of the Rev. Samuel Walker.
St Helens Gardens, W10 St Helens Gardens seems to date from the 1860s.
St James’s Gardens, W11 St James’s Gardens is an attractive garden square with St James Church in the middle of the communal garden.
St Johns Terrace, W10 St Johns Terrace is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St John’s Gardens, W11 St John’s Gardens runs around St John’s church.
St Joseph’s Close, W10 St Joseph’s Close is a cul-de-sac off of Bevington Road.
St Lawrence Terrace, W10 St Lawrence Terrace is a street in North Kensington, London W10
St Lukes Mews, W11 St Lukes Mews is a mews off of All Saints Road, W11.
St Luke’s Mews, W11 St Luke’s Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
St Luke’s Road, W11 St Luke’s Road is a street in Notting Hill.
St Marks Road, W10 St Marks Road lies partly in W10 and partly in W11.
St Mark’s Close, W11 St Mark’s Close is a street in Notting Hill.
St Mark’s Place, W11 St Mark’s Place is situated on the site of the former Kensington Hippodrome.
St Mark’s Road, W10 St Mark’s Road extends beyond the Westway into the W10 area.
St Mark’s Road, W11 St. Mark’s Road is a street in the Ladbroke conservation area.
St Mary Abbots Place, W8 St Mary Abbots Place is a street in Kensington.
St Mary Abbots Terrace, W14 St Mary Abbots Terrace is a street in West Kensington.
St Michael’s Gardens, W10 St Michael’s Gardens lies to the south of St Michael’s Church.
St Quintin Avenue, W10 St Quintin Avenue connects North Pole Road with the roundabout at the top of St Mark’s Road.
St. Mary Abbot’s Place, W8 St. Mary Abbot’s Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stable Way, W10 Stable Way is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Stable Yard Ilchester Place, W8 Stable Yard Ilchester Place is a street in Kensington.
Stanley Crescent, W11 Stanley Crescent was named after Edward Stanley.
Stanley Gardens Mews, W11 Stanley Gardens Mews existed between 1861 and the mid 1970s.
Stanley Gardens, W11 Stanley Gardens was built in the 1850s.
Stansbury Square, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Stanwick Road, W14 Stanwick Road is a street in West Kensington.
Station Walk, W10 Station Walk is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Station Walk, W11 Station Walk is a street in Notting Hill.
Sterndale Road, W14 Sterndale Road is a street in West Kensington.
Sterndale Road, W6 Sterndale Road is a road in the W6 postcode area
Sterne Street, W12 Sterne Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stoneleigh Place, W11 Stoneleigh Place, formerly called Abbey Road, was built across a brickfield in Notting Dale.
Stoneleigh Street, W11 Stoneleigh Street runs between Treadgold Street and Stoneleigh Place.
Stonor Road, W14 Stonor Road is a street in West Kensington.
Strangways Terrace, W14 Strangways Terrace is a road in the W14 postcode area
Sunbeam Crescent, W10 Sunbeam Crescent is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Swanscombe Road, W11 Swanscombe Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Sycamore Walk, W10 Queen's Park Estate
Symphony Mews, W10 Symphony Mews is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Tadmor Street, W12 Tadmor Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Talbot Mews, W11 Talbot Mews seems to have disappeared just after the Second Worid War.
Tavistock Crescent, W11 Tavistock Crescent was where the first Notting Hill Carnival procession began on 18 September 1966.
Tavistock Mews, W11 Tavistock Mews, W11 lies off of the Portobello Road.
Tavistock Road, W11 Tavistock Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Telford Road, W10 Telford Road is one of the local streets named after prominent nineteenth century scientists.
Testerton Street, W11 Testerton Street did not survive the bulldozer in the late 1960s.
Testerton Walk, W11 Testerton Walk is a street in Notting Hill.
The Grampians, W6 The Grampians is a street in Hammersmith.
The Quadrant, W10 The Quadrant is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Third Avenue, W10 Third Avenue is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Thorpe Close, W10 Thorpe Close is a redevelopment of the former Thorpe Mews, laid waste by the building of the Westway.
Threshers Place, W11 Threshers Place is a quiet street with a long story.
Tolhurst Drive, W10 Tolhurst Drive is a street in the Queen's Park Estate
Tollbridge Close, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Treadgold Street, W11 Treadgold Street is part of the Avondale Park Gardens Conservation Area.
Trellick Tower, W10 Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger, completed in 1972.
Trevanion Road, W14 Trevanion Road is a road in the W14 postcode area
Treverton Street, W10 Treverton Street, a street which survived post war redevelopment.
Trinity Mews, W10 Trinity Mews is a street in North Kensington, London W10
Upper Addison Gardens, W14 Upper Addison Gardens runs between Holland Road and Holland Villas Road.
Verdi Crescent, W10 Verdi Crescent is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Verity Close, W11 Verity Close is a street in W11
Vernon Street, W14 Vernon Street is a road in the W14 postcode area
Vernon Yard, W11 Vernon Yard is a mews off of Portobello Road.
Wakeman Road, NW10 Wakeman Road is a street in Willesden.
Wallingford Avenue, W10 Wallingford Avenue is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Walmer Road, W10 Walmer Road is the great lost road of North Kensington, obliterated under Westway.
Warfield Road, NW10 Warfield Road is a street in Willesden.
Warwick Gardens, W14 Warwick Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Warwick Road, W14 Warwick Road is a street in West Kensington.
Waterhouse Close, W6 Waterhouse Close is a street in Hammersmith.
Waynflete Square, W10 Waynflete Square is one of the newer roads in the vicinity of Latimer Road station.
Wedlake Street, W10 Wedlake Street arrived as the second wave of building in Kensal Town was completed.
Welbeck Court, W14 Welbeck Court is a street in West Kensington.
Wellington Road, NW10 Wellington Road commemorates the Duke of Wellington.
Wesley Square, W11 Wesley Square is a street in Notting Hill.
West Cromwell Road, W14 West Cromwell Road is a street in West Kensington.
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.
West Row, W10 West Row, W10 began its life in the early 1840s.
Western Dwellings, W10 Western Dwellings were a row of houses, opposite the Western Gas Works, housing some of the workers.
Westfield Way, W12 Westfield Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Westway, W10 Westway is the A40(M) motorway which runs on an elevated section along the W10/W11 border.
Westwick Gardens, W14 Westwick Gardens is a street in West Kensington.
Wheatstone Road, W10 Wheatstone Road was the former name of the eastern section of Bonchurch Road.
Whitchurch Road, W11 Whitchurch Road connects Bramley Road with Treadgold Street.
Wilby Mews, W11 Wilby Mews was named after Benjamin Wilby, who was involved in several 19th century development schemes.
Wilsham Street, W11 Wilsham Street was formerly known as St Katherine’s Road.
Windsor Way, W14 Windsor Way is a street in West Kensington.
Wolverton Gardens, W6 Wolverton Gardens is a street in Hammersmith.
Woodsford Square, W14 Woodsford Square is a 1970s development consisting of a series of interconnecting squares hidden away on the eastern side of Addison Road.
Woodstock Grove, W12 Woodstock Grove is a road in the W12 postcode area
Wornington Road, W10 Wornington Road connected Golborne Road with Ladbroke Grove, though the Ladbroke end is now closed to through traffic.


Notting Hill

Notting Hill: A place whose fortunes have come, gone and come again...

Notting Hill is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.

The word Notting might originate from a Saxon called Cnotta with the =ing part indicating "the place inhibited by the people of" - i.e. where Cnotta’s tribe lived. There was a farm called variously "Knotting-Bernes,", "Knutting-Barnes" or "Nutting-barns" and this name was transferred to the hill above it.

The area remained rural until the westward expansion of London reached Bayswater in the early 19th century. The main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family, and from the 1820s James Weller Ladbroke began to undertake the development of the Ladbroke Estate. Working with the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason, Ladbroke began to lay out streets and houses, with a view to turning the area into a fashionable suburb of the capital (although the development did not get seriously under way until the 1840s). Many of these streets bear the Ladbroke name, including Ladbroke Grove, the main north-south axis of the area, and Ladbroke Square, the largest private garden square in London.

The original idea was to call the district Kensington Park, and other roads (notably Kensington Park Road and Kensington Park Gardens) are reminders of this. The local telephone prefix 7727 (originally 727) is based on the old telephone exchange name of PARk.

The reputation of the district altered over the course of the 20th century. As middle class households ceased to employ servants, the large Notting Hill houses lost their market and were increasingly split into multiple occupation.

For much of the 20th century the large houses were subdivided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s, partly because of the cheap rents, but were exploited by slum landlords like Peter Rachman, and also became the target of white racist Teddy Boys in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Notting Hill was slowly gentrified from the 1980s onwards now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants (particularly around Westbourne Grove and Clarendon Cross).

A Daily Telegraph article in 2004 used the phrase the ’Notting Hill Set’ to refer to a group of emerging Conservative politicians, such as David Cameron and George Osborne, who were once based in Notting Hill.

Since it was first developed in the 1830s, Notting Hill has had an association with artists and ’alternative’ culture.


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