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Added: 27 Mar 2023 18:28 GMT
Nower Hill, HA5
Added: 26 Mar 2023 14:50 GMT
It is not a gargoyle over the entrance arch to Albert Mews, it is a likeness of Prince Albert himself.
Christine D Elliott
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT
The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT
Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.
Dr Paul Flewers
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT
Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.
From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.
Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT
Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden
Added: 2 Mar 2023 13:50 GMT
The Queens Head
Queens Head demolished and a NISA supermarket and flats built in its place.
Added: 28 Feb 2023 18:09 GMT
6 Elia Street
When I was young I lived in 6 Elia Street. At the end of the garden there was a garage owned by Initial Laundries which ran from an access in Quick Street all the way up to the back of our garden. The fire exit to the garage was a window leading into our garden. 6 Elia Street was owned by Initial Laundry.
V:0 Forty Farm Forty Farm was situated where the Sudbury to Kingsbury road crossed the Lidding at Forty Bridge. Ashley Gardens, HA9 Ashley Gardens is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Balmoral Court, HA9 Balmoral Court is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Barnhill Road, HA9 Barnhill Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Courtenay Road, HA9 Courtenay Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. East Lane, HA9 East Lane is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. First Avenue, HA9 First Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Forty Avenue, HA9 Forty Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Forty Close, HA9 Forty Close is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Forty Lane, HA9 Forty Lane is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Greenrigg Walk, HA9 Greenrigg Walk is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Harrow Road, HA9 Harrow Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. High Road, HA9 High Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Lawns Court, HA9 An Art Deco block, Lawns Court was built in 1933 on the site of the Holland & Holland shooting club.
Logan Road, HA9 Logan Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Magnet Road, HA9 Magnet Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Old High Street, HA9 Old High Street is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Osram Road, HA9 Osram Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Peel Road, HA9 Peel Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Preston Road, HA9 Preston Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Quad Road, HA9 Quad Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. The Broadway, HA9 The Broadway is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Tilling Way, HA9 Tilling Way is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Toley Avenue, HA9 Toley Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Winthrop Walk, HA9 Winthrop Walk is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Preston Road - originally just ’Preston’ - is situated west along the Metropolitan Line from Wembley Park.
Preston, meaning ’the farm belonging to the priest’, began as a small settlement at Preston Green, just south west of the Lidding or Wealdstone Brook, south of Kenton. It was first mentioned in 1220. The name may come from an estate given to Abbot Stidberht by King Offa of Mercia in 767, but any connection with Preston Road
as a rural lanethe Church had been lost by 1086. Preston was a township by 1231.
By the mid-15th century Preston consisted of two farms and a few cottages. The northern farm belonged to the Lyon family from the late 14th century and is described as being a beautiful building in 1547. It was probably the birthplace of John Lyon (1534-92), a considerable local landowner who founded Harrow School in 1572. After his death the farm was given as an endowment for the upkeep of the school. It was rebuilt around 1700. The southern farm was originally known as Preston Dicket and later as Preston Farm.
By 1681 five buildings had been built on Preston Green, including a new farmhouse, Hillside Farm. In 1759 there were nine buildings at Preston, including the ’Horseshoe’ inn,
which was licensed in 1751.
The district did not change significantly in the 19th century. The agricultural depression after the Napoleonic Wars led to an outbreak of violence in the area around 1828, when desperate agricultural labourers burnt haystacks and threatened local landowners, including the relatively benevolent Lord Northwick.
64 people lived in Preston in 1831 and 57 in 1851.
In 1851 the ’Rose & Crown’ beerhouse is mentioned at the top of Preston Hill (beerhouses flourished from 1830 to 1869 and were intended to discourage the sale of spirits). It appears to have been part of Hillside Farm, and is never mentioned again.
Preston House was leased to various professional men during the 19th century, including a surgeon, a cigar importer and a solicitor.
In 1864 two villas replaced the four nearby cottages. Around 1880 Preston House was acquired by George Timms, who turned the grounds into Preston Tea Gardens. The Tea Gardens flourished well into the next century.
The Metropolitan Railway had no effect on development, even after the opening of Wembley Park station in 1894. In 1896 the suggestion that a station should be built serving Preston was rejected because the local population was so small. Indeed even in the early 20th century the area was entirely rural, and the Wealdstone Brook could be described as "one of the most perfect little streams anywhere, abounding in dace and roach."
By 1900 Uxendon Farm had become a shooting ground (the Lancaster Shooting Club). When the Olympic Games were held in London in 1908 the ground was sufficiently important to be
used for Olympic clay pigeon shooting. Pressure from the shooting club, which was a two mile walk from the nearest station, played a part in the opening of Preston Road
Halt on 21 May 1908.
The station was a halt (a request stop) and initially many trains failed to slow down enough to enable the driver to notice passengers waiting on the platform. Preston Road
Halt triggered the first commuter development in the district. Some large Edwardian houses were built along Preston Road
after 1910 and Harrow Golf Club opened near the station in 1912. Wembley Golf Club had already existed on the southern slopes of Barn Hill from about 1895. Both these golf courses would disappear under housing between the wars.
Further development in Preston came after the 1924-5 British Empire Exhibition. Roads in the area were prone to flooding, and the Exhibition led to significant and much needed improvements.
Many of the country lanes in the area were however not improved until 1931-2, under Wembley’s Town Planning Scheme. Preston Road
indeed remained a country lane until the late 1930s, which may account for its considerable charm.Improved communications brought suburban development. Christ Church College, Oxford, and Harrow School sold their Preston
estates in the period 1921-33. Forty Green began being built over as early as 1923-4 and housing spread along Preston Road
and Preston Hill in the three years that followed.
Shops appeared in 1927-8 and a pub, the ’Preston Park Hotel’ was opened in the late 1920s.
was converted into a proper station in 1931-2. The line was electrified soon after and the station slightly re-sited. By now it was certain that the heart of Preston would be to the south of the old green. Many more shops appeared around the station in 1931-3 and 1936-8. Most housing developments occurred in the 1930s. By 1936 Preston was being described as "a high class and rapidly growing residential area with a population of between 6000 and 7000 people." A primary school was created to serve this population in 1932 and a secondary school in 1938.
In the 1930s many Jewish people, the majority members of the United Synagogue, moved into the Preston area. There is still a strong Jewish presence today.
By 1951 Preston’s population had risen to 12,408, although it declined somewhat thereafter. Post-war housing was built north and east of Preston Road
and a number of prefabs, a temporary solution to homelessness, stood at Tenterden Close, Woodcock Hill, until the late 1960s. Proposals for an Anglican church at Preston had been published in 1936, but the war intervened and the Church of the Ascension was not consecrated until 1957.
By the early 1960s all of Preston’s old buildings had been lost. Lyon’s Farm was demolished in 1960, despite earlier plans to preserve it. Hillside farmhouse went in 1961 and Preston House was demolished in 1962-3. Both of these buildings were replaced by blocks of flats. Despite these losses Preston is a pleasant and prosperous-looking place that has retained its original atmosphere.