Macfarlane Place, W12

Road in/near Wood Lane, existing between 1864 and now

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Macfarlane Place - a road with two lifetimes.

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Macfarlane Place began its life as a farm track which ran from Wood Lane to Old Oak Farm.

Supported by the Metropolitan Railway and the Great Western Railway, the Hammersmith & City Railway was built from the GWR’s main line a mile west of Paddington station to Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith. Built on viaduct largely across open fields, the line opened on 13 June 1864.

The viaduct crossed the farm track but as at did so, Macfarlane Place was created between it and Wood Lane.

After a 60 year hiatus, Macfarlane Place then became a new pedestrian-only street which cut through the BBC Television Centre car park after the Centre was redeveloped.




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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


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Joan Clarke   
Added: 2 Feb 2021 10:54 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My late aunt Ivy Clarke (nee Burridge) lived with her whole family at 19 Avondale Park Gardens, according to the 1911 census and she was still there in 1937.What was it like in those days, I wonder, if the housing was only built in 1920?


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john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:48 GMT   

Mary Place Workhouse
There was a lady called Ivy who lived in the corner she use to come out an tell us kids off for climbing over the fence to play football on the green. Those were the days.

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Dave Fahey   
Added: 6 Jan 2021 02:40 GMT   

Bombing of the Jack O Newberry
My maternal grandfather, Archie Greatorex, was the licensee of the Earl of Warwick during the Second World War. My late mother Vera often told the story of the bombing of the Jack. The morning after the pub was bombed, the landlord’s son appeared at the Warwick with the pub’s till on an old pram; he asked my grandfather to pay the money into the bank for him. The poor soul was obviously in shock. The previous night, his parents had taken their baby down to the pub cellar to shelter from the air raids. The son, my mother never knew his name, opted to stay in his bedroom at the top of the building. He was the only survivor. I often wondered what became of him.

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Lived here
Norman Norrington   
Added: 28 Dec 2020 08:31 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
I was born in Hammersmith Hospital (Ducane Rd) I lived at 40 Blecynden Street from birth in 1942 to 1967 when I moved due to oncoming demolition for the West way flyover.
A bomb fell locally during the war and cracked one of our windows, that crack was still there the day I left.
It was a great street to have grown up in I have very fond memories of living there.



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john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:30 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Went to school St Johns with someone named Barry Green who lived in that St. Use to wait for him on the corner take a slow walk an end up being late most days.

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Lived here
Norman Norrington   
Added: 8 Jun 2021 08:08 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Lived here #40 1942-1967

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:27 GMT   

Hewer Street, W10
My husband Barry Newton lived over John Nodes in Hewer Street in 1950’s. Barry dad Tom worked for John Nodes and raced pigeons in his spare time Tom and his Lena raised 5 sons there before moving to the Southcoast in the mid 70’s due to Tom ill health

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Born here
Susan Wright   
Added: 16 Sep 2017 22:42 GMT   

Ada Crowe, 9 Bramley Mews
My Great Grandmother Ada Crowe was born in 9 Bramley Mews in 1876.

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ken gaston   
Added: 16 Jan 2021 11:04 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My grandmother Hilda Baker and a large family lived in number 18 . It was a close community and that reflected in the coronation celebration held on the central green . I grew up in that square and went to school at Sirdar Road then St. Clements it was a great place to grow up with a local park and we would also trek to Holland Park or Kensington Gardens .Even then the area was considered deprived and a kindergarden for criminals . My generation were the first to escape to the new towns and became the overspill from London to get decent housing and living standards .

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john ormandy   
Added: 14 Mar 2021 18:59 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
We moved to number 6 in 1950 an family still live there now. I think i remember a family name of Larter living in the house you mention also living in the Gdns were names Prior, Cannon, Parsons Clives at number 26 who i went to school with.


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Brian Lucas   
Added: 15 Mar 2021 16:02 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
I also lived here at No. 15 1854 then move to No. 23 The Lucas Family

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john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 17:21 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
Remember the Lucas family think the eldest was about same age as me cant remember his name though seem to rember had several younger sisters may have been twins!!

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john ormandy   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 18:02 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens, W11
Went to that coranation party with my two younger brothers who both went to St Clements along with Alan Mullery the footballer. I went to St James before moving on to St Johns along with Alan who lived in Mary Place where we were both in the same class.

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donna    
Added: 25 Jan 2021 13:25 GMT   

Ladbroke Dwellings
Three generations of my family lived along this row of dwellings, ’Ladbroke Dwellings’. All the men who lived there worked at the Gasworks. Among the shops you mention was Wilson’s sweet shop run by Maggie and her sister, and Johns grocery store. I believe there was also a photograph studio there too.



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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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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 08:59 GMT   

Spigurnell Road, N17
I was born and lived in Spigurnell Road no 32 from 1951.My father George lived in Spigurnell Road from 1930’s.When he died in’76 we moved to number 3 until I got married in 1982 and moved to Edmonton.Spigurnell Road was a great place to live.Number 32 was 2 up 2 down toilet out the back council house in those days

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Lewis   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 20:48 GMT   

Ploy
Allotment

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Comment
   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Beaumont Arms The former Beaumont Arms at 170 Uxbridge Road has been known by later names such as "Edwards" and "The Defectors Weld".
Blue Peter Garden The original garden, adjacent to Television Centre, was designed by Percy Thrower in 1974.
Bush Theatre The Bush Theatre is located in the Passmore Edwards Public Library, Shepherd’s Bush.
Dimco Buildings The Dimco Buildings housed the earliest (extant) example of an electricity generating station built for the London Underground.
Franco-British Exhibition In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition was constructed over a 140-acre site at White City in London.
Loftus Road stadium Loftus Road Stadium is a football stadium in Shepherd’s Bush and home to Queens Park Rangers.
Passmore Edwards Public Library The Passmore Edwards Public Library on the Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, was built in 1895 and funded by the journalist and philanthropist Passmore Edwards.
Shepherd’s Bush Market Shepherd’s Bush Market is a station on both the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.
Shepherds Bush Shepherd’s Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Shepherd’s Bush Village Hall Shepherd’s Bush Village Hall is a Victorian building on Wood Lane.
Television Centre Television Centre is a complex in White City that was the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013.
White City bus station White City bus station serves the Westfield London shopping centre.
Wood Lane (1914) Wood Lane - apparently London’s "go-to" station.
Wood Lane cottages (1890) Old cottages in Wood Lane, c. 1890.

NEARBY STREETS
Abdale Road, W12 Abdale Road is located near the ’Groves’ area of Shepherd’s Bush.
Aldine Street, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Ariel Way, W12 Ariel Way connects White City bus station with Shephard’s Bush.
Arminger Road, W12 Arminger Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bard Road, W10 Bard Road lies in the area of London W10 near to Latimer Road station.
Batman Close, W12 Batman Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bourbon Lane, W12 Bourbon Lane is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bronze Walk, W12 Bronze Walk is a location in London.
Bulwer Street, W12 Bulwer Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Canada Way, W12 Canada Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Caxton Road, W12 Caxton Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Commonwealth Avenue, W12 Commonwealth Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Coverdale Road, W12 Coverdale Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Ellerslie Road, W12 Ellerslie Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Ethelden Road, W12 Ethelden Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Evesham Street, W11 Evesham Street is a street in Notting Hill.
Fountain Park Way, W12 Fountain Park Way is a location in London.
Freston Road, W11 The southern end of Freston Road stretches over into the W11 postcode.
Frithville Gardens, W12 Frithville Gardens is a road in the W12 postcode area
Frog Island, W12 Frog Island was the name of a lane leading north from the Uxbridge Road.
Hopgood Street, W12 Hopgood Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hunt Close, W11 Hunt Close is a street in Notting Hill.
Ingersoll Road, W12 Ingersoll Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Kingsdale Gardens, W11 Kingsdale Gardens is a street in Notting Hill.
Latimer Road, W10 Latimer Road was named after Edward Latymer who endowed land for the funding of Hammersmith’s Latymer school in the early 17th century.
Loftus Road, W12 Loftus Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Macfarlane Road, W12 Macfarlane Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Market Approach, W12 Market Approach is a road in the W12 postcode area
Nicholas Road, W11 This is a street in the W11 postcode area
Olaf Street, W11 Olaf Street is a street in Notting Hill.
Queensdale Crescent, W11 Queensdale Crescent is a street in Notting Hill.
Relay Road, W12 Relay Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Samuels Close, W12 Samuels Close is a road in the W6 postcode area
Saunders Grove, W11 Saunders Grove ran east from Norland Gardens.
Shepherd’s Bush Place, W12 Shepherd’s Bush Place was formerly known as Providence Place.
Silver Road, W12 Silver Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
South Africa Road, W12 South Africa Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stanlake Road, W12 Stanlake Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stanlake Villas, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Sterne Street, W12 Sterne Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tadmor Street, W12 Tadmor Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Television Centre, W12 Television Centre is a location in London.
The Network, W12 The Network is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tunis Road, W12 Tunis Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Upper Road, W12 Upper Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Uxbridge Road, W12 Uxbridge Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Warbeck Road, W12 Warbeck Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
West Cross Route, W11 The West Cross Route is a 1.21 km-long dual carriageway running north-south between the northern elevated roundabout junction with the western end of Westway (A40) and the southern Holland Park Roundabout.
Westfield London Shopping Centre, W12 Westfield London Shopping Centre is a location in London.
Westfield Way, W12 Westfield Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
White City Close, W12 White City Close was designed as a compact series of two- to four-storey brown-brick terraces enclosing landscaped footways and courts.
White City Estate, W12 White City Estate is a location in London.
White City Road, W12 White City Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Wood Crescent, W12 Wood Crescent is a location in London.
Wood Lane Arches, W12 Wood Lane Arches is a location in London.
Wood Lane, W12 Wood Lane runs from Shepherd’s Bush to Wormwood Scrubs and lies wholly in London W12.

NEARBY PUBS
Beaumont Arms The former Beaumont Arms at 170 Uxbridge Road has been known by later names such as "Edwards" and "The Defectors Weld".
Defectors Weld This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Garden Bar and Grill This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Queens Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Bull This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Green This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The White Horse This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Wood Lane

Although Wood Lane is on an Underground Line which has been in operation since 1864, the station is newer.

In 1908 the Franco-British Exhibition and the 1908 Summer Olympics came to London, the first of a number of major events in White City that attracted infrastructural investment by railway companies. Among others, the Metropolitan Railway opened its Wood Lane station on the Hammersmith branch to serve the event. The station opened and closed intermittently, and was renamed twice, to Wood Lane (White City) in 1920 and White City in 1947, before it closed in 1959 following fire damage.

In 2005 work commenced on the large-scale Westfield Shopping Centre. As part of the work, improvements were made to public transport including rebuilding Shepherd’s Bush Central line station, a new Shepherd’s Bush railway station and two bus interchanges. It was decided to build a new station on the Hammersmith & City line, just south-west of the old Metropolitan station on Wood Lane. In 2006 Transport for London decided on the name Wood Lane, reviving a historical name. This was the first time that a new station on the Tube had been given the name of a former station.

The station is close to the former BBC Television Centre and Loftus Road stadium is also nearby.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Shepherd's Bush Market in the 1950s
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Martin Street, looking west (1960s)
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Ansleigh Place, W11
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Kenilworth Castle
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Bangor Street after a Rag Fair (1900s)
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Wood Lane station, c.1914
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In the neighbourhood...

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Percy Thrower and John Noakes in the Blue Peter Garden, 1975
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Shepherd's Bush Market in the 1950s
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Local resident 'Trevor' who grew tomatoes in compost made from Frestonian residents' waste.
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Martin Street, looking west (1960s)
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Wood Lane station, c.1914
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White City Close
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Latimer Road as featured in the film ’The Blue Lamp’ (1950). Just past the tall (out-of-sight) Latimer Road school building and printers was the patent steam carpet cleaners as is Bramley Road’s Bramley Arms with Latimer Road School further on down through the arches on the right.
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