Watford Way, NW4

Road in/near Hendon, existing between 1923 and now

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Road · Hendon · NW4 ·
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Watford Way runs from Hendon Central circus to Apex Corner.

It was opened in 1923 as part of a great roadbuilding programme in north London in the years after the First World War as use of the motor car increased.

The North Circular Road was built during the same period. To alleviate growing congestion, it was decided to bypass Barnet with its inconvenient hill. Thus the A1 was rerouted in a large swathe between Highgate and South Mimms. The ’Barnet By-Pass’ dissected Hampstead Garden Suburb, through Henley’s Corner, Fiveways Corner to Apex Corner and then north.

At the same time it was decided to create a new trunk route - the A41 from Watford into London. This new route from Watford joined the new A1 at Apex Corner, diverting at Fiveways Corner and running through Brent Cross to the Finchley Road, south of Childs Hill.

The roadbuilders took advantage of the building of the Northern Line extension north of Golders Green and ran the new road through the new Handon Central circus beside a new station. North of this roundabout the road was called Watford Way and south, Hendon Way.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Martina   
Added: 13 Jul 2017 21:22 GMT   

Schweppes factory
The site is now a car shop and Angels Fancy Dress shop and various bread factories are there.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Lived here
Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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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.

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Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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The world’s first underground train
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Baker Street
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TV comes to Olympia
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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Church Farmhouse Museum Church Farmhouse Museum was situated in a 17th-century farmhouse in Hendon – the oldest surviving dwelling in Hendon.
St Mary’s Church, Hendon St Mary’s Church in Hendon may date back to the Anglo-Saxon period.
St Mary’s Churchyard St Mary’s Churchyard is also known as ’Hendon Churchyard’.

NEARBY STREETS
Aerodrome Road, NW4 Aerodrome Road dates from the building of Hendon Way.
Alderney Close, NW9 Alderney Close is a location in London.
Alwyn Gardens, NW4 Alwyn Gardens is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Ansel Adams Way, HA2 Ansel Adams Way is a location in London.
Babington Road, NW4 Babington Road is a street in Hendon.
Beaufort Square, NW9 Beaufort Square is a location in London.
Bob Currie Close, HA2 Bob Currie Close is a location in London.
Bonville Gardens, NW4 Bonville Gardens is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Boulevard Drive, NW9 Boulevard Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Buckingham Court, NW4 Buckingham Court is a street in Hendon.
Canberra Close, NW4 Canberra Close is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Church End, NW4 Church End is the original centre of Hendon.
Church Terrace, NW4 Church Terrace begins at Church End and ends in Sunny Hill Park.
Clarendon Gardens, NW4 Clarendon Gardens is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Colonsay Drive, NW9 Colonsay Drive is a location in London.
Commander Avenue, NW9 The name of Commander Avenue is one of many airfield-linked names in the area.
Denmark Hill Drive, NW9 Denmark Hill Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
East Drive, NW9 East Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Egerton Gardens, NW4 Egerton Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Greyhound Hill, NW4 Greyhound Hill was part of a medieval route which ran from Church End, Hendon to Mill Hill at the Three Hammers pub on the Ridgeway.
Hatchcroft, NW4 Hatchcroft is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Hendale Avenue, NW4 Hendale Avenue is a street in Hendon.
M1, NW4 The M1, as it enters the NW4 postcode, is the southernmost section of this motorway.
Newark Parade, NW4 Newark Parade is a street in Hendon.
Newark Way, NW4 Newark Way is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Peel Drive, NW9 Peel Drive was named for Robert Peel, founder of the Metropolitan Police.
Propeller Way, NW9 Propeller Way is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Rickard Close, NW4 Rickard Close is a street in Hendon.
Rowan Drive, NW9 Rowan Drive is a road in the NW9 postcode area
Selborne Gardens, NW4 Selborne Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Sherrock Gardens, NW4 Sherrock Gardens is a street in Hendon.
Southfields, NW4 Southfields is a street in Hendon.
St Josephs Grove, NW4 St Josephs Grove is a street in Hendon.
St Mary’s Crescent, NW4 St Mary’s Crescent is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Sunny Hill, NW4 Sunny Hill is a street in Hendon.
Swynford Gardens, NW4 Swynford Gardens is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Wilshaw Close, NW4 Wilshaw Close is a road in the NW4 postcode area
Wilshaw Street, NW4 A street within the NW4 postcode

NEARBY PUBS
The Greyhound The Greyhound Inn is a traditional pub and is part of the old village of Hendon.


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Hendon

Hendon railway station is a National Rail station situated to the west of Hendon, in the London Borough of Barnet.

The station was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St. Pancras. From 1875 the Midland opened a service to Victoria on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway and received coaches from the London and South Western Railway for attachment to north-bound trains.


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Hendon Central (1923)
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In the neighbourhood...

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Hendon was a Middlesex village, albeit large, until the arrival of the railway. The Midland Main Line reached Hendon in 1868 followed by London Underground further east under the name Hendon Central in 1923. The district is famous historically for the London Aerodrome which later became RAF Hendon.
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Church Farmhouse Museum from Greyhound Hill (2011)
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Greyhound Hill The photo was taken in 1912, looking down the hill towards Hendon Aerodrome.
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