The Old Bell

Pub in/near Kilburn, existing between 1600 and now

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The Old Bell

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JUNE
21
2018

The (Old) Bell is a very old Kilburn Pub.

The Bell already existed by 1600. A chalybeate spring was situated near to the Bell - a chalybeate is one where the water is impregnated with iron. In 1714 the spring was enclosed in a brick reservoir and by 1733 was being exploited by the proprietor of the ’Bell’ as a cure for stomach ailments in imitation of Hampstead Wells.

By 1814 the wells were in decline, although the Bell, now called ’Kilburn Wells’, remained popular as a tea garden.

The pub was demolished and rebuilt in 1863 but by then dog-fighting and bareknuckle bouts had become common.



Main source: Brent Council
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The Bell, Kilburn Wells (around 1800)

The Bell, Kilburn Wells (around 1800)
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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bayswater Rivulet The Bayswater Rivulet was the original name for the Westbourne River
Kilburn Bridge Kilburn Bridge once marked the spot where the Edgware Road crossed the River Westbourne.
Kilburn Bridge Farm Kilburn Bridge Farm stood beside Watling Street until the late 1830s.
Kilburn High Road What was Watling Street in earlier times, became Edgware Road and finally Kilburn High Road.
Kilburn House Kilburn House - a simple suburban villa - was notable in its role as a base for the growing WH Smith newsagent.
Kilburn Library Kilburn Library on Kilburn High Road is one of two sites called Kilburn Library, the other being in Salusbury Road, NW6.
Kilburn Park Kilburn Park station was opened on 31 January 1915 as the temporary terminus of the Bakerloo line’s extension from Paddington.
Kilburn Park Farm Kilburn Park Farm was situated almost opposite the Red Lion along the Edgware Road.
Kilburn Wells Kilburn Wells. a medicinal spring, existed between 1714 and the 1860s.
Red Lion The Red Lion was situated at 34 Kilburn High Road.
St Augustine’s Church of England High School St Augustine’s Church of England High School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England comprehensive school in the West London borough of Westminster, Kilburn.
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NEARBY STREETS
Abbey Road, NW6 A small section of the north of Abbey Road lies in NW6.
Abbey Road, NW8 Abbey Road, after which the Beatles album was named, runs from St John's Wood to West Hampstead.
Abbots Place, NW6 Abbots Place runs from Priory Road to West End Lane and Abbey Road.
Addison Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Aldershot Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Alexandra Mews, NW8 Alexandra Mews existed between the 1850s and the 1960s.
Algernon Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Alpha Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Andover Place, NW6 Andover Place runs between Kilburn Park Road and Carlton Vale.
Andover Place, W9 Andover Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Belgrave Gardens, NW8 Belgrave Gardens was originally the east side of Bolton Road.
Belsise Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Besant House, NW8 Besant House is named after local Sir Walter Besant who wrote extensively about London history.
Birchington Road, NW6 Birchington Road runs from the Edgware Road to West End Lane.
Bolton Road, NW8 What is now Bolton Road began life as Ordnance Terrace in 1858.
Bransdale Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
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Canterbury Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
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Canterbury Works, NW6 Canterbury Works is a road in the NW6 postcode area
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Charteris Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Chichester Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Clifton Hill, NW8 Clifton Hill began as sections either side of Abbey Road - Clifton Road and Clifton Road East.
Colas Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Coventry Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Daynor House, NW6 Residential block
Dibdin House, W9 Residential block
Emminster, NW8 The Abbey Road Housing Co-op development was built for Hampstead Borough Council in 1965.
Glengall Road, NW6 Glengall Road was laid out after Kilburn House was demolished.
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Gorefield Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Greville Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
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Greville Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Hazelmere Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Hermit Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Hillside Close, NW8 Hillside Close is a cul-de-sac off of Carlton Hill.
Holtham Road, NW8 Holtham Road disappeared when replaced by the Abbey Road Estate development.
Kilburn High Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Kilburn Park Road, W9 Kilburn Park Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Kilburn Place, NW6 Kilburn Place was originally Providence Place.
Kilburn Priory, NW6 Kilburn Priory is now a road - - it was once the site of a real priory
Kilburn Priory, NW8 Kilburn Priory is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Kilburn Square, NW6 Kilburn Square was built around St Paul’s Chapel, which dates from 1825.
Kilburn Vale, NW6 Kilburn Vale leads to the Kilburn Vale estate.
Kingsgate Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Langtry Road, NW8 Langtry Road is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Langtry Walk, NW8 Langtry Walk was named for Lily Langtry.
Mallard Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Manor Mews, NW6 Manor Mews is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Maple Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Mortimer Crescent, NW6 Mortimer Crescent is a notable street in Kilburn, full of literary connections.
Mortimer Crescent, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Mortimer Place, NW6 Mortimer Place can be found in Kilburn, NW6.
Mutrix Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Oxford Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Plaza Parade, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Princess Road, NW6 Princess Road was once known as Alexandra Road.
Priory Park Road, NW6 Priory Park Road dates from 1882.
Priory Terrace, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Prospect Place, NW6 Prospect Place was a group of houses built fronting Edgware Road south of the junction with West End Lane.
Quex Mews, NW6 Quex Mews is named after an estate in Kent.
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Springfield Lane, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Springfield Walk, NW6 Springfield Walk has a set of very old steps that give access to Kilburn Priory.
St Julians Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
The Terrace, NW6 The Terrace is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Torridon House, NW6 Residential block
Victoria Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Wells Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6


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
Kilburn Wells
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Kilburn Park Farm
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Mortimer Place, NW6
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Kilburn House
Credit: Brent Archives
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