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Address · West Kilburn · W9 ·
November
7
2016
91 Fernhead Road was the family home of actor Norman Wisdom.

Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in Marylebone on 4 February 1915. The family lived at 91 Fernhead Road, Maida Vale, London W9, where they slept in one room. Wisdom quipped, "I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry."

After a period in a children’s home in Deal, Kent, Wisdom ran away when he was 11 but returned to become an errand boy in a grocer’s shop on leaving school at 13. Having been kicked out of his home by his father and become homeless, in 1929 he walked (by his own account) to Cardiff, Wales, where he became a cabin boy in the Merchant Navy. He later also worked as a coal miner, waiter and page boy.

He enlisted as a drummer boy in the 10th Royal Hussars of the British Army. In 1930 he was posted to Lucknow, in the United Provinces of British India, as a bandsman. There he gained an education certificate, rode horses, became the flyweight boxing champion of the British Army in India and learned to play the trumpet and clarinet.

Whilst performing a shadow boxing routine in an army gym during the Second World War, Wisdom discovered he had a talent for entertainment, and began to develop his skills as a musician and stage entertainer.

After being demobilised in 1946, Wisdom made his debut as a professional entertainer at the age of 31; his rise to the top was phenomenally fast. Initially the straight man to the magician David Nixon, he had already adopted the costume that would remain his trademark: tweed flat cap askew, with peak turned up; a suit at least two sizes too tight; a crumpled collar and a mangled tie. The character that went with this costume—known as "the Gump"— was to dominate Wisdom’s film career. A West End theatre star within two years, he honed his performance skills mainly between theatres in London and Brighton. Wisdom made his TV debut the same year and was soon commanding enormous audiences.

Wisdom made a series of low-budget star-vehicle comedies for the Rank Organisation, beginning with Trouble in Store in 1953. This film earned him a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Film in 1954 and exhibitors voted him the tenth biggest star at the British box office the same year. His films’ cheerful, unpretentious appeal make them the direct descendants of those made a generation earlier by George Formby.] Never highly thought of by the critics, they were very popular with domestic audiences and Wisdom’s films were among Britain’s biggest box office successes of their day. They were also successful in some unlikely overseas markets, helping Rank stay afloat financially when their more expensive film projects were unsuccessful.

After a career lull, Wisdom became prominent again in the 1990s, helped by the young comedian Lee Evans, whose act was often compared to Wisdom’s work. His classic Rank films were playing to new audiences on television screens and DVD, with a growing number of new young fans in the United Kingdom and abroad. The high point of this new popularity was the knighthood he was awarded, for services to entertainment, in the 2000 New Year’s honours list. During the ceremony, once he had received his knighthood, he walked away and again performed his trademark trip, at which the Queen smiled and laughed.

From 1995 until 2004 he appeared in the recurring role of Billy Ingleton in the long-running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine. The role was originally a one-off appearance, but proved so popular that he returned as the character on a number of occasions. In 1996, he received a Special Achievement Award from the London Film Critics.

Wisdom announced his retirement from the entertainment industry on his 90th birthday (4 February 2005). He announced that he intended to spend more time with his family, playing golf and driving around the Isle of Man, where he was living.

He died on 4 October 2010 at Abbotswood nursing home on the Isle of Man at the age of 95.


Main source: Norman Wisdom - Wikipedia
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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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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play ’ and me of sorts ’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’



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Brenda Jackson   
Added: 13 Aug 2017 21:39 GMT   

83 Pembroke Road
My Gt Gt grandparents lived at 83 Pembroke Road before it became Granville Road, They were married in 1874, John Tarrant and Maryann Tarrant nee Williamson.

Her brother George Samuel Williamson lived at 95 Pembroke Road with his wife Emily and children in the 1881 Census

Apparently the extended family also lived for many years in Alpha Place, Canterbury Road, Peel Road,

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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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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:13 GMT   

St Jude’s Church, Lancefield Street
Saint Jude’s was constructed in 1878, while the parish was assigned in 1879 from the parish of Saint John, Kensal Green (P87/JNE2). The parish was united with the parishes of Saint Luke (P87/LUK1) and Saint Simon (P87/SIM) in 1952. The church was used as a chapel of ease for a few years, but in 1959 it was closed and later demolished.

The church is visible on the 1900 map for the street on the right hand side above the junction with Mozart Street.

Source: SAINT JUDE, KENSAL GREEN: LANCEFIELD STREET, WESTMINSTER | Londo

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The Underground Map   
Added: 24 Nov 2020 14:25 GMT   

The 1879 Agricultural Show
The 1879 Royal Agricultural Society of England’s annual show was held on an area which later became Queen’s Park and opened on 30 June 1879.

The show ran for a week but the poor weather meant people had to struggle through deep mud and attendances fell disastrously. The visit to the show by Queen Victoria on the fifth day rallied visitors and nearly half the people who visited the show went on that day.

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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:08 GMT   

Wedding at St Jude’s Church
On 9th November 1884 Charles Selby and Johanna Hanlon got married in St Jude’s Church on Lancefield Street. They lived together close by at 103 Lancefield Street.
Charles was a Lather, so worked in construction. He was only 21 but was already a widower.
Johanna is not shown as having a profession but this is common in the records and elsewhere she is shown as being an Ironer or a Laundress. It is possible that she worked at the large laundry shown at the top of Lancefield Road on the 1900 map. She was also 21. She was not literate as her signature on the record is a cross.
The ceremony was carried out by William Hugh Wood and was witnessed by Charles H Hudson and Caroline Hudson.

Source: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/1623/images/31280_197456-00100?pId=6694792

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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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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:30 GMT   

Kilburn Park - opened 1915
Kilburn Park station was opened at the height of the First World War

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   

Mcgregor Road, W11 (1938 - 1957)
I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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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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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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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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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 15:38 GMT   

6 East Row (1960 - 1960)
We lived at 6 East Row just before it was demolished.

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Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?

Regards

Bob Land

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Jun 2022 16:58 GMT   

Runcorn Place, W11
Runcorn place

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Added: 30 May 2022 19:03 GMT   

The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Beethoven Street School Beethoven Street School was opened in 1881 to serve the community of the newly-built Queen's Park Estate.
Corner of Caird Street and Lancefield Street (1910) The corner of Caird Street with Lancefield Street.
Harrow Road (1920s) Harrow Road in the 1920s, looking south east towards the Prince of Wales pub and the Emmanuel Church spire.
Hudson’s the chemist (1906) Hudson's, a chemist shop, stood on the corner of Ilbert Street and Third Avenue in the Queen's Park estate.
Jack of Newbury The Jack of Newbury stood at the corner of East Row and Kensal Road until it was bombed on 2 October 1940.
Kilburn Lane Farm A farm existed in Kilburn Lane until the 1860s, by which time it had been disrupted by the railway line.
Lancefield Coachworks Lancefield Coachworks was a builder of bespoke bodies for expensive car chassis always introducing sporting elements into designs.
Wedlake Street Baths In a time when most had somewhere to live but few had somewhere to wash at home, public baths were the place to go...

NEARBY STREETS
Abinger Mews, W9 Abinger Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Alperton Street, W10 Alperton Street is the first alphabetically named street in the Queen’s Park Estate, W10.
Argo House, NW6 Argo House can be found on Kilburn Park Road
Ashmore Road, W9 Ashmore Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Barfett Street, W10 Barfett Street is a street on the Queen’s Park Estate, W10
Barnsdale Road, W9 Barnsdale Road runs between Fernhead Road and Walterton Road.
Beethoven Street, W10 Beethoven Street is a street in the Queen’s Park Estate.
Bradiston Road, W9 Bradiston Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Bravington Road, W9 Bravington Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Bruckner Street, W10 Bruckner Street is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Burlington Close, W9 Burlington Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Caird Street, W10 Caird Street is the ’C’ street on the Queen’s Park Estate
Cambridge Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Chippenham Gardens, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Chippenham Road, W9 Chippenham Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Coomassie Road, W9 Coomassie Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Croxley Road, W9 Croxley Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Dart Street, W10 Dart Street runs eastwards from Third Avenue and becomes Marban Road.
Denholme Road, W9 Denholme Road connects Fernhead Road with Saltram Crescent.
Dowland Street, W10 Dowland Street is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Drayford Close, W9 Drayford Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Enbrook Street, W10 Enbrook Street is another street north of Harrow Road, W10 without a pub.
Essendine Mansions, W9 Essendine Mansions is a block on Essendine Road.
Essendine Road, W9 Essendine Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Farrant Street, W10 Farrant Street is the missing link in the alphabetti spaghetti of the streetnames of the Queen’s Park Estate
Fernhead Road, W9 Fernhead Road is a street in Maida Vale.
First Avenue, W10 First Avenue is street number one in the Queen's Park Estate
Fordingley Road, W9 Fordingley Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Godson Yard, NW6 Godson Yard is a new development dating from 2005.
Granville Road, NW6 Granville Road, NW6 was formerly Pembroke Road.
Grittleton Road, W9 Grittleton Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Hansel Road, NW6 Hansel Road is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Heather Walk, W10 Heather Walk lies in the Queen’s Park Estate
Herries Street, W10 Herries Street is a street in the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
James Collins Close, W9 James Collins Close is a street in Maida Vale.
John Fearon Walk, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Kensal Road, W10 Kensal Road, originally called Albert Road, is the heart of Kensal Town.
Kilburn Lane, NW6 Kilburn Lane is one of the streets of London in the NW6 postal area.
Kilburn Lane, W9 Kilburn Lane is a street in Maida Vale.
Kilburn Park Road, NW6 Kilburn Park Road was built along the course of the Bayswater Rivulet (the River Westbourne), starting in 1855
Lancefield Street, W10 Lancefield Street runs from Caird Street to Bruckner Street.
Lanhill Road, W9 Lanhill Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Lydford Road, W9 Lydford Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Macroom Road, W9 Macroom Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Malvern Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Malvern Mews, NW6 Malvern Mews is a road in the W9 postcode area
Malvern Place, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Malvern Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Marban Road, W9 Marban Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Masefield House, NW6 Residential block
Mozart Street, W10 Mozart Street was part of the second wave of development of the Queen’s Park Estate.
Nelson Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Neville Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Neville Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Nexus Court, NW6 Nexus Court is a block on Malvern Road
Onslow Close, W10 Onslow Close is in the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Parry Road, W10 Parry Road is on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Peel Precinct, NW6 Peel Precinct is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Pennymore Walk, W9 Pennymore Walk is a close which lies off of Ashmore Road.
Pentland Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Portnall Road, W9 Portnall Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Riverton Close, W9 Riverton Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Saltram Crescent, W9 Saltram Crescent is a street in Maida Vale.
Second Avenue, W10 Second Avenue is one of the streets of the Queen's Park Estate, W10
Selby Square, W10 Selby Square is a walkway in the Queen’s Park Estate
Severn Avenue, W10 Severn Avenue is a newer thoroughfare in the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Shirland Mews, W9 Shirland Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Shirland Road, W9 Shirland Road is one of the main thorughfares of Maida Vale.
Stafford Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Stafford Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Stansbury Square, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Stuart Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Symphony Mews, W10 Symphony Mews is one of the streets of London in the W10 postal area.
Third Avenue, W10 Third Avenue is a street on the Queen's Park Estate, London W10
Tolhurst Drive, W10 Tolhurst Drive is a street in the Queen's Park Estate
Tollbridge Close, W10 This is a street in the W10 postcode area
Verdi Crescent, W10 Verdi Crescent is a post-war development, lying off of Herries Street.
Walterton Road, W9 Walterton Road was the central road of a suburb which was originally proposed to called St. Peter’s Park.
Warlock Road, W9 Warlock Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Wedlake Street, W10 Wedlake Street arrived as the second wave of building in Kensal Town was completed.
Widley Road, W9 Widley Road is a street in Maida Vale.
William Saville House, NW6 Residential block

NEARBY PUBS
Chippenham This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Jack of Newbury The Jack of Newbury stood at the corner of East Row and Kensal Road until it was bombed on 2 October 1940.
Kensal Community Centre This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Royal British Legion (West Kilburn) Ltd This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


West Kilburn

West Kilburn is the westernmost slice of London W9, centered around Fernhead Road.

West Kilburn is a rather small part of London. Bravington Road forms the boundary of West Kilburn with its neighbour to the west - the Queens Park Estate.

To the north is Queen's Park station itself. Walterton Road and Saltram Crescent forms the eastern boundary with Harrow Road to the south.

Tall 19th century houses are the predominant feature in this area. Many have now been converted to flats.

The area houses two hitherto notorious estates - the Mozart and the South Kilburn in Brent.


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Tomatoes from Tesco
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Coronation street party, 1953.
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1879 Royal Agricultural Society Show
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The Albion, now in residential use.
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Bosworth Road, W10
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Caird Street street sign.
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Munro Mews, W10
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In the neighbourhood...

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The corner of Caird Street with Lancefield Street.
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New flats featuring in a photo taken from Adair Road (1962)
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Caird Street street sign.
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Waiting for the number 6 bus in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 #stpeterspark
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Barnsdale Road, Paddington lies between Fernhead Road and Walterton Road.
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Adair Road junction with Southam Street (1932)
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18th century print of a Middlesex farm.
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The Mitre (1969) One of a huge array of pubs in the area which closed down, the Mitre was situated at 62 Golborne Road on the corner with Wornington Road. It seems to have opened in 1871 but the pub closed around 1972 after it burnt down. After The Mitre was demolished, it eventually became home to Cafe O’Porto, a notable Golborne Road coffee shop. There is another Mitre pub on the Ladbroke Grove/Holland Park Avenue corner. This photo isn’t that one!
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Weston’s Cider House
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Adair Road street sign.
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