Category: Westbourne Park

Westbourne Park to Royal Oak walk

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Ladbroke Grove to Westbourne Park walk

This is a walk from Ladbroke Grove station, north along Ladbroke Grove until the “Victoria Dwellings” steps and down them to Southern Row. Ladbroke Grove, a two-mile long road that stretches from Kensal Green to Holland Park Avenue, is one of London’s longest roads. The area is often named after the road itself. The road …

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Bourne Terrace, W2

Bourne Terrace is part of the Warwick Estate in Paddington and has 38 properties.

Great Western Road, W11

The name of the Great Western Road dates from the 1850s.

Westbourne Park

The Westbourne area (and parts of Kensington adjacent to here) was laid out and developed mostly around 1850-1855 following the earlier rapid urbanisation of Bayswater and Paddington to the south and east. Westbourne Grove itself still crossed open fields as late as 1840. More recent developments include 32 Newton Road, a modern detached house by …

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Notting Hill in Bygone Days

Here’s a scan of the the seminal 1920s book about W10 and W11 history (now out of print): Florence Gladstone’s “Notting Hill in Bygone Days”. Each chapter is available here by following the links. P.S. Passing thanks to the big scanner at the Kensington main library which Dave Walker who does The Library Time Machine …

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Trolleybus at Westbourne Bridge

Just found this fantastic photo of a route 662 trolleybus at the junction of Harrow Road and Westbourne Bridge. The photo was taken in somewhat wintry conditions (and at odds with the time of writing of this blog!) on 2 January 1962. It was the last day of running for the route, and replaced largely …

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Orme’s Green

Westbourne Green had a very refined air in 1795 and was still considered a beautiful rural place in 1820. The Grand Junction canal, passing north of the village between the grounds of Westbourne Farm and Bridge House, was a scenic enhancement, later used to attract expensive building to the area. Although housing was spreading along …

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Westbourne Green

Westbourne Green had only a few houses by 1745, mostly south of the point where Harrow Road had a junction with Westbourne Green Lane (also known as Black Lion Lane) running northward from the Uxbridge Road. A footpath later called Bishop’s Walk (eventually Bishop’s Bridge Road) provided a short cut to Paddington Green. The Red …

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The River Westbourne

The hills of Hampstead Heath provide the source of three lost rivers of London – the Westbourne, Tyburn and Fleet. These rivers were long buried underground and the modern streetscape contains few hints at these former watercourses. Old maps show the routes that these rivers took. The Westbourne rises in two main places in Hampstead …

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