Normanby Road, NW10
Road in/near Dollis Hill, existing between the 1900s and now
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Normanby Road is a road within the Dudden Hill Estate.
The Dudden Hill Estate was planned in 1899 and was to consist of 14 roads each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. This alphabetical plan largely came off with a few omissions such as I and J.
By 1911 the area was largely built up and that year the ’Dudden Hill Estate Association’ was formed.
Normanby Road in Edwardian times.
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Burnley Road, NW10 Burnley Road runs parallel with the tracks of the Metropolitan/Jubilee line, to the north of them. Flowers Close, NW2 Flowers Close belated recognised Tommy Flowers, designer of the Colossus computer. Homestead Park, NW2 Homestead Park consists of twenty one dwelling-houses located on the north side of Dollis Hill Lane.
Dollis Hill tube station lies on the Jubilee Line, between Willesden Green and Neasden. Metropolitan Line trains pass though the station, but do not stop.
The Dollis Hill Estate
was formed in the early 19th century, when the Finch family bought up a number of farms in the area to form a single estate. Dollis Hill House itself was built in the 1820s.
William Ewart Gladstone, the UK Prime Minister, was a frequent visitor to Dollis Hill House in the late 19th century. The year after his death, 1899, Willesden Council acquired much of the Dollis Hill Estate
for use as a public park, which was named Gladstone Park.
Mark Twain stayed in Dollis Hill House in the summer of 1900. He wrote that ’Dollis Hill comes nearer to being a paradise than any other home I ever occupied’.
The code-breaking Colossus computer, used at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, was built at the Post Office Research Station in Dollis Hill by a team lead by Tommy Flowers. The station was relocated to Martlesham Heath at the end of the 1970s.
A World War II bunker for Winston Churchill called Paddock is located here.
The fictional Dollis Hill Football Club features occasionally in the British satirical magazine Private Eye, and Dollis Hill tube station, although real, is frequently played in the radio panel game Mornington Crescent.