Willesden Green Farm

Farm in/near Willesden Green, existing until 1904

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Willesden Green Farm

Willesden Green

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Willesden Green Farm, owned by All Souls College, Oxford, was south of the High Road, opposite Willesden Farm.

By 1738 farmhouses and cottages were clustered all round Willesden Green.

The soil of Willesden Green was a strong, wet clay - naturally suited to grass, and a cart could fetch a load of dung from the metropolis twice a day. By 1833 the Willesden Green Farm, had been much improved by manuring.

Londoners were often directly involved in farming and All Souls Willesden Green Farm was leased to a St Marylebone jobmaster between 1828-45.

Building began in 1895 on land belonging to All Souls and on the college’s land south of High Road in 1899 - Willesden Green farmhouse had gone by 1904. In that year 125 houses were being built on the college estate at Willesden Green in addition to 55 already built.


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Postcard from Willesden Green shows an unknown dairy herd from the area

Postcard from Willesden Green shows an unknown dairy herd from the area
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NEARBY STREETS
Acland Road, NW2 Acland Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Alexander Avenue, NW10 Alexander Avenue was laid out in the mid 1930s.
All Souls Avenue, NW10 All Souls Avenue is a street which separates Willesden from Kensal Rise.
Amery Gardens, NW10 Amery Gardens is a road off of All Soul’s Avenue in Kensal Rise, NW10.
Ancona Road, NW10 Ancona Road is a street in Willesden.
Balmoral Road, NW2 Balmoral Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Bathurst Gardens, NW10 Bathurst Gardens, NW10 is an east-west road connecting the junction of All Souls Avenue with College Road.
Belton Road, NW2 Belton Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Bertie Road, NW10 Bertie Road is a street in Willesden.
Bramston Road, NW10 Bramston Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Brondesbury Park, NW10 Brondesbury Park is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Bryan Avenue, NW10 Bryan Avenue runs from Peter Avenue to Donnington Road in Willesden.
Buchanan Gardens, NW10 Buchanan Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Burnley Road, NW10 Burnley Road runs parallel with the tracks of the Metropolitan/Jubilee line, to the north of them.
Campbell Gordon Way, NW2 Campbell Gordon Way is a street in Cricklewood.
Cardinal Hinsley Close, NW10 Cardinal Hinsley Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Chambers Lane, NW10 Chambers Lane is a street in Willesden.
Chambers Lane, NW2 Chambers Lane is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Chanin Mews, NW2 Chanin Mews is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Chaplin Road, NW2 Chaplin Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Chapter Road, NW2 Chapter Road follows the line of the railway between Willesden Green and Dollis Hill.
Churchill Road, NW2 Churchill Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Churchmead Road, NW10 Churchmead Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cooper Road, NW10 Cooper Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cooper Road, NW2 Cooper Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Cornwall Gardens, NW10 Cornwall Gardens is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cross Way, NW10 Cross Way is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Cullingworth Road, NW10 Cullingworth Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Dairy Close, NW10 Dairy Close is a street in Willesden.
Deacon Road, NW2 Deacon Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Dewsbury Road, NW10 Dewsbury Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Dobree Avenue, NW10 Dobree Avenue is a road in Willesden, built on the site of the Grange Brickworks.
Dollis Hill Lane, NW2 Dollis Hill Lane is an ancient throughway.
Donnington Road, NW10 Donnington Road runs between Sidmouth Road and Harlesden Road, NW10.
Doyle Gardens, NW10 Doyle Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Ellesmere Road, NW10 Ellesmere Road is a street in Willesden.
Fleetwood Road, NW10 Fleetwood Road is a street in Willesden.
Furness Road, NW10 Furness Road is a street in Willesden.
Gay Close, NW2 Gay Close is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Geary Road, NW10 Geary Road is a street in Willesden.
Gowan Road, NW10 Gowan Road is a street in Willesden.
Grange Road, NW10 Grange Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Griffin Close, NW10 Griffin Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Hamilton Road, NW10 Hamilton Road is a street in Willesden.
Harlesden Road, NW10 Harlesden Road is a winding road, once known as Harlesden Lane.
Hawthorn Road, NW10 Hawthorn Road is a street in Willesden.
Haycroft Gardens, NW10 Haycroft Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Helena Road, NW10 Helena Road is a street in Willesden.
Herbert Gardens, NW10 Herbert Gardens is a street in Willesden.
High Road, NW10 High Road is a street in Willesden.
High Road, NW2 High Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Hill Close, NW2 Hill Close is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Holland Road, NW10 Holland Road is a street in Willesden.
Huddlestone Road, NW2 Huddlestone Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Irwin Gardens, NW10 Irwin Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Kendal Road, NW10 Kendal Road is a street in Willesden.
Kendal Road, NW2 Kendal Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Kenneth Crescent, NW2 Kenneth Crescent is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Kenneth Cresent, NW2 Kenneth Cresent is a street in Cricklewood.
Kings Road, NW10 Kings Road is a street in Willesden.
Lancaster Road, NW10 Lancaster Road is a street in Willesden.
Lechmere Road, NW2 Lechmere Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Linacre Road, NW10 Linacre Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Linacre Road, NW2 Linacre Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Litchfield Gardens, NW10 Litchfield Gardens is a street in Willesden.
Lushington Road, NW10 Lushington Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Mascotts Close, NW2 Mascotts Close is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Maybury Gardens, NW10 Maybury Gardens is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Meyrick Road, NW10 Meyrick Road is a street in Willesden.
Monson Road, NW10 Monson Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Nevilles Court, NW2 Nevilles Court is a street in Cricklewood.
Odessa Road, NW10 Odessa Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Orchard Close, NW2 Orchard Close is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Osborne Road, NW2 Osborne Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Palermo Road, NW10 Palermo Road is a street in Willesden.
Park Avenue North, NW10 Park Avenue North is a street in Willesden.
Park Avenue, NW2 Park Avenue is a street in Cricklewood.
Park Side, NW2 Park Side is a street in Cricklewood.
Parkfield Road, NW10 Parkfield Road is a street in Willesden.
Peter Avenue, NW10 Peter Avenue is a street in Willesden.
Pound Lane, NW10 Pound Lane is a street in Willesden.
Preston Place, NW2 Preston Place is a street in Cricklewood.
Radcliffe Avenue, NW10 Radcliffe Avenue is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Regency Mews High Road, NW10 Regency Mews High Road is a street in Willesden.
Regency Mews, NW10 Regency Mews is a street in Willesden.
Regency Street, NW10 Regency Street is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Ridley Road, NW10 Ridley Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Robson Avenue, NW10 Robson Avenue is a street in Willesden.
Rose Croft Gardens, NW2 Rose Croft Gardens is a cul-de-sac off of Dollis Hill Lane.
Rowdon Avenue, NW10 Rowdon Avenue is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Sancroft Close, NW2 Sancroft Close is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Sandringham Road, NW2 Sandringham Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Sherrick Green Road, NW10 Sherrick Green Road is a street in Willesden.
Spezia Road, NW10 Spezia Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
St Andrews Road, NW10 St Andrews Road is a street in Willesden.
Sterling Close, NW10 Sterling Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Strode Road, NW10 Strode Road is a street in Willesden.
Tower Road, NW10 Tower Road is a street in Willesden.
Tracey Avenue, NW2 Tracey Avenue is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Tudor Mews, NW10 Tudor Mews is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Uffington Road, NW10 Uffington Road is a street in Willesden.
Unity Close, NW10 Unity Close is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Villiers Road, E16 A street within the E16 postcode
Villiers Road, NW10 Villiers Road is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Villiers Road, NW2 Villiers Road is a street in Cricklewood.
Waterford Way, NW10 Waterford Way is a road in the NW10 postcode area
Windsor Road, NW2 Windsor Road is a road in the NW2 postcode area
Wrottesley Road, NW10 Wrottesley Road is a street in Willesden.


Willesden Green

A good place for those from the 14th century with particularly bad eyesight.

From the 14th to 16th centuries, Willesden was a place of pilgrimage due to the presence of two ancient statues of the Virgin Mary at the Church of St Mary. One of these statues is thought to be a Black Madonna, which was insulted by the Lollards, taken to Thomas Cromwell's house and burnt in 1538 on a large bonfire of 'notable images. including those of Walsingham, Worcester and Ipswich. There was also a 'holy well' which was thought to possess miraculous qualities, particularly for blindness and other eye disorders.

The parish of Willesden remained predominantly rural up until after 1875. However, this changed with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway (later the Metropolitan Line) station of Willesden Green on 24 November 1879. By 1906 the population had grown to 140,000, a phenomenon of rapid growth that was to be repeated in the 1920s in neighbouring areas such as Harrow. The Metropolitan Line service was withdrawn in 1940, when the station was served by the Bakerloo Line, and later the Jubilee Line. Willesden Green station has now a grand 1920s facade.

World War I caused Willesden to change from a predominantly middle class suburb to a working class part of London. After the war, Willesden grew rapidly as numerous factories opened up with numerous flats and houses. The local council encouraged building to prevent large unemployment and decline.

To the present day, Willesden has been shaped by the patterns of migration which marks it out as one of the most diverse areas in the United Kingdom. City of London Corporation records show that the first black person recorded in Brent was Sarah Eco, who was christened in St. Mary’s Church in Willesden on 15 September 1723.

The 1901 United Kingdom census recorded that 42% of the population was born in London. In 1923, the specialist coach builder Freestone and Webb established their base in Willesden, producing bespoke cars on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis until 1956.

Willesden became a municipal borough in 1933, and it is at this time that the area became predominantly working class. A small Irish community had formed in Willesden by this time, which grew rapidly during the period of the Second World War. A small Jewish community of refugees from Europe also formed during the war, with 3.5% of the population in 1951 born in Germany, Poland, Russia or Austria. During the war, Willesden suffered large damage due to the heavy concentration of industry, such as munition factories, and railways in the area.

The period from 1960 saw migrants settling from the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent. Additionally, from 1963 it was the site of the Kuo Yuan, the first Chinese restaurant to serve Pekinese dishes in Britain. Since the 1960s, Willesden has been popular with young working holidaymakers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, although this popularity has declined somewhat in favour of other areas since about 2003.

Willesden went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s as much of the housing was inadequate due to overcrowding as industry was mixed with housing. The whole of central Willesden bar (the area by the Willesden Green station) was earmarked for redevelopment; however, this did not come to fruition. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the High Street to prevent it closing. It now has one of the best public libraries in the UK, Willesden Green Library Centre - an elegant building and open very long hours.

Now the area has seen another change in demographic becoming a middle class area due to its prime location and good transport links.
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