Category: Kensal Green

Purves Road, NW10

Purves Road is named after the solicitor of the United Land Company who were developers in this area.

Harrow Road, W10

Harrow Road is a main road through London W10.

North Kensington: a built environment

As George III and Napoleon died, North Kensington was still entirely rural and Portobello Road a country path. In Faulkner’s contemporary description, the Kensington Gravel Pits village ‘enjoys an excellent air and beautiful prospects on the north.’ But within the next 40 years the area would be part of London. In 1821, an act of …

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Clifford Gardens, NW10

Clifford Gardens is a street just north of the railway at Kensal Rise.

Pember Road, NW10

Pember Road is one of the side streets to the west of Kilburn Lane, NW10

The Plough, W10

From the sixteenth century onwards, the Plough stood beside the Harrow Road.

1800: London W10

This map of the 1800 countryside in the area which covers today’s London W10 postcode has been compiled by The Underground Map from various sources. As its main source, the Milne map of London shows the landuse of fields and the routes of lanes. An 1834 map of Marylebone Parish provided field names up to …

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Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Portobello Road and Kensal New Town

Bayswater End Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone St. Charles Ward There seems to be a natural break where the railway embankment crosses Portobello Road. At this point the old lane was interrupted by low marshy ground, overgrown with rushes and water-cress, and it is said that snipe were shot here almost within …

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Notting Hill in Bygone Days: During the Eighteen Thirties

The 18th century Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone Peaceful hamlet The first encroachment on the rural character of Notting Hill was the cutting of the Paddington Branch of the Grand Junction Canal. Several artificial waterways had already been constructed among the manufacturing towns in the north of England, and the canal system …

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Notting Hill in Bygone Days: In the Eighteenth Century

Gravel Pits Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone The 1830s The commencement of the village of Kensington Gravel Pits has already been described. Under present conditions it is difficult to realize how countrified the place remained during the whole of the eighteenth century. In Kip’s Britannia Illustrata, published in 1714, there is a …

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