Category: Notting Dale

Blechynden Mews, W11

Blechynden Mews is a former side street in London W11.

Ansleigh Place, W11

Ansleigh Place is an ex mews to the west of Notting Dale.

Wilsham Street, W11

Wilsham Street was formerly known as St Katherine’s Road.

Aldermaston Street, W10

Aldermaston Street is a lost street of North Kensington

Notting Hell

‘The Ocean’ pit and the pottery field were acquired from the Adams family and the area was landscaped by ‘private munificence’ into a recreation ground and gardens featuring a mortuary chapel. Then the Vestry named it Avondale Park, in honour of the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Albert Victor, the son and heir of the …

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Baths and Clubs

In the wake of further sanitation campaigns, the Kensington Baths and Washhouse was finally established at the junction of Silchester Road and Lancaster Road in 1888. By then the Latimer Road Board School was catering for over 1,000 pupils, after the original Ragged School opened in the 1860s for 100. Notting Dale also hosted the …

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Going down the Lane

Another slum developed at Notting Hill Gate south of the road in the streets known as ‘the Racks’ (after the original field); Uxbridge, Newcombe, Calcott, Hillgate/Dartmoor, Farmer and Jameson. The main employer here would be the Dunhill cigarette factory on Uxbridge Street. As the Swan inn on Church Street became a gin palace, the Coach …

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The Notting Dale Gypsies

The rapid suburban growth of the late 19th century brought with it improvements like proper roads, pavements, sewers, the filling in of ‘the Ocean’ and the eviction of the pigs, but also thousands more people. As the old Dickensian London slums off the Strand around Drury Lane, St Giles in the Field and the Clerkenwell …

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Temperance and intemperance

The 1860s sexual revolution in Notting Hill and the vibrant local pub scene were inevitably accompanied by a proliferation of churches, chapels, convents, tabernacles and missions of all religious denominations. In the battle for the souls of the inhabitants of the Notting Hellmouth, the dark forces of drink, untidiness and inactivity had arrayed against them …

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Beyond the Colony of the Pigkeepers

‘Beyond the colony of the pigkeepers at the end of Pottery Lane’, the ‘Old Inhabitant’ anonymous vicar historian wrote of an outpost alongside the Counter’s Creek boundary stream (by then the Common Sewer) and the West London Junction Railway line; where Latimer (formerly Boundary) Road was coming into existence (as Latymer Road, named after the …

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