St. Christophers Drive, UB3

Area might date from the first world war period with housing mainly dating from the 1980s

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A street within the UB3 postcode





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Born here
Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

Prefabs!
The "post-war detached houses" mentioned in the description were "prefabs" - self-contained single-storey pre-fabricated dwellings. Demolition of houses on the part that became Senegal Fields was complete by 1964 or 1965.

Source: Prefabs in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

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Matthew Moggridge ([email protected])   
Added: 1 Sep 2021 10:38 GMT   

Lord Chatham’s Ride (does it even exist?)
Just to say that I cycled from my home in Sanderstead to Knockholt Pound at the weekend hoping to ride Lord Chatham’s Ride, but could I find it? No. I rode up Chevening Lane, just past the Three Horseshoes pub and when I reached the end of the road there was a gate and a sign reading "Private, No Entry". I assumed this was the back entrance to Chevening House, country retreat of the Foreign Secretary, and that Lord Chatham’s Ride was inside the grounds. At least that’s what I’m assuming as I ended up following a footpath that led me into some woods with loads of rooted pathways, all very annoying. Does Lord Chatham’s Ride exist and if so, can I ride it, or is it within the grounds of Chevening House and, therefore, out of bounds? Here’s an account of my weekend ride with images, see URL below.

Source: No Visible Lycra: Lord Chatham’s ride: a big disappointmen

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norma brown   
Added: 20 Aug 2021 21:12 GMT   

my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
my home

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Ruth   
Added: 6 Aug 2021 13:31 GMT   

Cheltenham Road, SE15
Harris Girls’ Academy, in Homestall Road, just off Cheltenham Road, was formerly Waverley School. Before that it was built as Honor Oak Girls’ Grammar School. It was also the South London Emergency School during WW2,taking girls from various schools in the vicinity, including those returning from being evacuated.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 09:12 GMT   

Dunloe Avenue, N17
I was born in 1951,my grandparents lived at 5 Dunloe Avenue.I had photos of the coronation decorations in the area for 1953.The houses were rented out by Rowleys,their ’workers yard’ was at the top of Dunloe Avenue.The house was fairly big 3 bedroom with bath and toilet upstairs,and kitchenette downstairs -a fairly big garden.My Grandmother died 1980 and the house was taken back to be rented again

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Coldharbour Farm Coldharbour Farm, which was active in Hayes until the 1950s, was once the property of the Minet family.

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Abbotswood Way, UB3 Abbotswood Way is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Addison Way, UB3 Addison Way is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Bramley Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Cedar Avenue, UB3 Cedar Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Central Avenue, UB3 Central Avenue is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Cold Harbour Lane, UB3 Cold Harbour Lane is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Coldharbour Lane, UB3 Coldharbour Lane was an original lane in Hayes, dating from more rural times.
College Way, UB3 College Way is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Conifer Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Corfe Close, UB4 Corfe Close is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Cotmans Close, UB3 Cotmans Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Craven Close, UB4 Craven Close is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Damson Drive, UB3 Damson Drive is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Eastholme, UB3 Eastholme is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Eighth Avenue, UB3 Eighth Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Elm Close, UB3 Elm Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Forsters Way, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Grasmere Court, UB3 A street within the UB4 postcode
Hamilton Road, UB3 Hamilton Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Harrow View, UB3 Harrow View is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Hesa Road, UB3 Hesa Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Hitherbroom Road, UB3 Hitherbroom Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Hughes Road, UB3 Hughes Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Langworth Drive, UB4 Langworth Drive is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Lombardy Retail Park, UB4 A street within the UB3 postcode
Long Mead Road, UB3 Long Mead Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Longmead Road, UB3 Longmead Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Lullworth Waye, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Manor Road, UB3 Manor Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Maxwell Close, UB3 Maxwell Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Newman Road, UB3 Newman Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Ninth Avenue, UB3 Ninth Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Orchard Road, UB3 Orchard Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Poplar Place, UB3 Poplar Place is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Precinct Road, UB3 Precinct Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Priory Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Quebec Road, UB4 Quebec Road is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Rectory Road, UB3 Rectory Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
St Christophers Drive, UB3 St Christophers Drive is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Stirling Road, UB3 Stirling Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Sturminster Close, UB4 Sturminster Close is a road in the UB4 postcode area
The Elms, UB3 The Elms is a road in the UB3 postcode area
The Warren, UB4 The Warren is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Uxbridge Road, UB3 Uxbridge Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Wesley Road, UB3 Wesley Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
West Drayton Road, UB3 West Drayton Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Wheatley Crescent, UB3 Wheatley Crescent is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.

NEARBY PUBS
Mecca Bingo This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Hayes (Middlesex)

Hayes is a suburban development situated 13 miles west of Charing Cross, developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries as an industrial locality to which residential districts were later added in order to house factory workers.

Until the end of the 19th century, Hayes was primarily an agricultural and brickmaking area. However, because of its location on the Grand Junction Canal (later called the Grand Union) and the Great Western Railway it had a number of advantages as an industrial location in the late 19th century. It was because of this proximity that the Hayes Development Company offered sites on the north side of the railway, adjacent to the canal.

Hayes has always been heavily involved with industry, both local and international, and is (or has been) the home of EMI, Nestlé and H. J. Heinz Company. Past companies include Fairey Aviation (later merged with Westland), and HMV.

During the First World War the EMI factories produced aircraft. Charles Richard Fairey was seconded there for a short time, before setting up his own company, Fairey Aviation, which relocated in 1918 to a large new factory across the railway in North Hyde Road. Over 4,500 aircraft were subsequently produced here but Fairey needed an airfield to test these aircraft and in 1928 secured a site in nearby Heathrow. This became the Great West Aerodrome, but was requisitioned by the Air Ministry in 1944, and initially developed as a heavy bomber base intended for Boeing B-29 Superfortresses but when Second World War ended in 1945, it was taken over by the Ministry of Aviation and became Heathrow Airport.
The Nestlé company located its major chocolate and instant coffee works on the canal, adjacent to the railway east of the station, and it was for many years the company's UK headquarters.

It was in Hayes in the Central Research Laboratories (generally known as "CRL") that Isaac Shoenberg developed (1934) the all-electronic 405-line television system (called the Marconi-EMI system, used by the BBC from 1936 until closedown of the Crystal Palace 405-line transmissions in 1985).

Alan Blumlein carried out his research into binaural sound and stereo gramophone recording here. Trains at Hayes Station (1935) and Walking & Talking are two notable films Blumlein shot in order to demonstrate stereo sound on film. These films are held at the Hayes EMI archive.

In 1939, working alongside the electrical firms A.C. Cossor and Pye, a 60 MHz radar was developed, and from 1941 to 1943 the H2S radar system.


From the early 1970s to 2003 McAlpine Helicopters Limited and Operational Support Services Limited (later renamed McAlpine Aviation Services Limited) operated from two purpose-built helicopter hangars in Swallowfield Way industrial estate, as the company operated on land already owned by the Sir Robert McAlpine. The land on the other side of the Grand Union Canal is called Stockley Park and its buildings were intentionally positioned to allow safe passage for helicopters into the heliport in case of an emergency. Fortunately, this was never used.

Since development, industry has been pre-eminent in Hayes. The provision of adequate housing did not begin until after World War I, with the creation of dwellings of the garden suburb type.

George Orwell, who adopted this pseudonym while living there, lived and worked in 1932-3 as a schoolmaster at The Hawthorns High School for Boys, situated on Church Road. The school has since closed. Despite returning several times, Orwell was characteristically acerbic about his time in Hayes.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Coldharbour Farm (1955)
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Hayes Bridge Farm
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In the neighbourhood...

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Coldharbour Farm (1955)
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Coldharbour Lane (1930) This photo looks south down Coldharbour Lane and shows some of the buildings/barns of Coldharbour Farm on the left. Orchard Road bears off to the right. The large hay barn stood on the corner of what is now Avondale Drive.
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