Elmscott Road, BR1

Road in/near Downham, existing between 1926 and now

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Elmscott Road is a road on the Downham Estate.


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V1 Attack
The site of a V1 incident in 1944


David Gibbs   
Added: 3 May 2021 16:48 GMT   

73 Bus Crash in Albion Rd 1961
From a Newspaper cutting of which I have a copy with photo. On Tuesday August 15th 1961 a 73 bus destined for Mortlake at 8.10am. The bus had just turned into Albion Road when the driver passed out, apparently due to a heart attack, and crashed into a wall on the western side of Albion Road outside No 207. The bus driver, George Jefferies aged 56 of Observatory Road, East Sheen, died after being trapped in his cab when he collided with a parked car. Passengers on the bus were thrown from their seats as it swerved. Several fainted, and ambulances were called. The bus crashed into a front garden and became jammed against a wall. The car driver, who had just parked, suffered shock.


Richard Eades   
Added: 3 May 2021 11:42 GMT   

Downsell Primary School (1955 - 1958)
I was a pupil at Downsell road from I think 1955 age 7 until I left in 1958 age 10 having passed my "11plus" and won a scholarship to Parmiters school in bethnal green. I remember my class teacher was miss Lynn and the deputy head was mrs Kirby.
At the time we had an annual sports day for the whole school in july at drapers field, and trolley buses ran along the high street and there was a turning point for them just above the junction with downsell road.
I used to go swimming at cathall road baths, and also at the bakers arms baths where we had our school swimming galas. I nm y last year, my class was taken on a trip to the tower of london just before the end of term. I would love to hear from any pupils who remember me.

Lived here
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Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.


James Preston   
Added: 28 Apr 2021 09:06 GMT   

Was this the location of Rosslyn House prep school? I have a photograph of the Rosslyn House cricket team dated 1910 which features my grandfather (Alan Westbury Preston). He would have been 12 years old at the time. All the boys on the photo have been named. If this is the location of the school then it appears that the date of demolition is incorrect.

Added: 27 Apr 2021 12:05 GMT   

St George in the East Church
This Church was opened in 1729, designed by Hawksmore. Inside destroyed by incendrie bomb 16th April 1941. Rebuilt inside and finished in 1964. The building remained open most of the time in a temporary prefab.

Added: 21 Apr 2021 16:21 GMT   

Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.


Added: 18 Apr 2021 21:00 GMT   

Winchfield House, SW15
Designed 1952-53. Constructed 1955-58


Added: 11 Apr 2021 20:03 GMT   

North Harrow
The North Harrow Embassy Cinema was closed in 1963 and replaced by a bowling alley and a supermarket. As well as the cinema itself there was a substantial restaurant on the first floor.

Source: Embassy Cinema in North Harrow, GB - Cinema Treasures

Downham The Downham Estate dates from the late 1920s.

Alexandra Crescent, BR1 Alexandra Crescent was known for its 1926 ’Downham Wall’.
Arcus Road, BR1 Arcus Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Bankfoot Road, BR1 Bankfoot Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Beechmont Close, BR1 Beechmont Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Bonville Road, BR1 Bonville Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Boyland Road, BR1 Boyland Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Butts Road, BR1 Butts Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Cinderford Way, BR1 Cinderford Way runs between Churchdown and Downham Way.
Detling Road, BR1 Detling Road, like the remainder of the Downham Estate, dates from the late 1920s.
Downham Lane, BR1 Downham Lane is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Downham Way, BR1 Downham Way is a road on the Downham Estate.
Farmfield Road, BR1 Farmfield Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Flimwell Close, BR1 Flimwell Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Glenbow Road, BR1 Glenbow Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Goudhurst Road, BR1 Goudhurst Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Headcorn Road, BR1 Headcorn Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Keedonwood Road, BR1 Keedonwood Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Ladbrook Close, BR1 Ladbrook Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Medhurst Drive, BR1 Medhurst Drive replaced a council depot on an unknown date.
Merlinmead, BR1 Merlinmead lies between Capstone Road and Moorside Road.
Moorside Road, BR1 Moorside Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Nutwood Park, BR1 Nutwood Park is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Oakridge Road, BR1 Oakridge Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Pontefract Road, BR1 Pontefract Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Rangefield Road, BR1 Rangefield Road is so-named because of a late nineteenth century rifle range near Holloway Farm.
Ravenscar Road, BR1 Ravenscar Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Sandpit Road, BR1 Sandpit Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Sissinghurst Close, BR1 Sissinghurst Close is a road on the Downham Estate.
Valeswood Road, BR1 Valeswood Road crosses the boundary between the Downham Estate and its hinterland to the south.
Wittersham Road, BR1 Wittersham Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Wrenthorpe Road, BR1 Wrenthorpe Road is a road on the Downham Estate.


The Downham Estate dates from the late 1920s.

The Downham Estate arrived on the scene in 1926, but its name originates in 1914 when the London County Council (LCC) agreed to build three large housing estates. The land was acquired in 1920. Downham covered the lands of two farms, Holloway Farm to the west and Shroffolds Farm to the north. Before the Estate was built, there had been little building south of Whitefoot Lane - many local residents took weekend walks over the ’Seven Fields’.

The name ’Downham’ derives from Lord Downham who, as William Haynes Fisher was a former chairman of the LCC. Many of the road took their names from Tennyson’s ’Idylls of the King’. Other roads took their names from places in Devon.

By summer 1930, 6000 houses had been completed by builders Holland, Hannen & Cubbits. An additional section of just over 1000 houses was developed at Whitefoot lane in 1937 by builders Higgs & Hill and generally known as ’North Downham’. On completion, some 30 000 people lived on Downham’s newly built Estate. Generally people commuted to work elsewhere. A cheap "workman’s ticket" from Grove Park station became available from November 1928.

Shopping facilities came to the the New Bromley Road in 1926, followed by centres at Grove Park, Burnt Ash Lane and one adjacent to the Downham Tavern. The Downham Tavern was the only public house built on the area owned by the LCC. It was for some years considered the world’s largest pub, containing a Dance Hall, Beer Garden, two Saloon Bars, a Public Lounge, a Lunchroom where service was by waiter only.

When Downham was first built, it was regarded as a showpiece. A Lewisham official guide from the 1930s described Downham as a ’Garden City’.

By 1960, the first LCC houses were being put up for sale as local policy changed.

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Bromley High Street (1903)
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Dowanhill Road, SE6
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Whitefoot Lane, BR1
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The Downham Wall, Alexandra Crescent
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