Kensington Gardens Square, W2

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Kensington Gardens Square is a street in Paddington.





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Tom Vague   
Added: 9 Sep 2020 14:02 GMT   

The Bedford family at 3 Acklam Road (1860 - 1965)
From the 19th century up until 1965, number 3 Acklam Road, near the Portobello Road junction, was occupied by the Bedford family.

When the Westway construction work began the Bedfords sold up and moved to south London. In the early 1970s the house was taken over by the North Kensington Amenity Trust and became the Notting Hill Carnival office before its eventual demolition.

Anne Bedford (now McSweeney) has fond memories of living there, although she recalls: ‘I now know that the conditions were far from ideal but then I knew no different. There was no running hot water, inside toilet or bath, apart from the tin bath we used once a week in the large kitchen/dining room. Any hot water needed was heated in a kettle. I wasn’t aware that there were people not far away who were a lot worse off than us, living in poverty in houses just like mine but families renting one room. We did have a toilet/bathroom installed in 1959, which was ‘luxury’.

‘When the plans for the Westway were coming to light, we were still living in the house whilst all the houses opposite became empty and boarded up one by one. We watched all this going on and decided that it was not going to be a good place to be once the builders moved in to demolish all the houses and start work on the elevated road. Dad sold the house for a fraction of what it should have been worth but it needed too much doing to it to bring it to a good living standard. We were not rich by any means but we were not poor. My grandmother used to do her washing in the basement once a week by lighting a fire in a big concrete copper to heat the water, which would have been there until demolition.

‘When we moved from number 3, I remember the upright piano that my grandparents used to play ’ and me of sorts ’ being lowered out of the top floor and taken away, presumably to be sold. I used to play with balls up on the wall of the chemist shop on the corner of Acklam and Portobello. We would mark numbers on the pavement slabs in a grid and play hopscotch. At the Portobello corner, on one side there was the Duke of Sussex pub, on the other corner, a chemist, later owned by a Mr Fish, which I thought was amusing. When I was very young I remember every evening a man peddling along Acklam Road with a long thin stick with which he lit the streetlights.’ Michelle Active who lived at number 33 remembers: ‘6 of us lived in a one-bed basement flat on Acklam Road. When they demolished it we moved to a 4-bed maisonette on Silchester Estate and I thought it was a palace, two toilets inside, a separate bathroom that was not in the kitchen, absolute heaven.’



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Brenda Jackson   
Added: 13 Aug 2017 21:39 GMT   

83 Pembroke Road
My Gt Gt grandparents lived at 83 Pembroke Road before it became Granville Road, They were married in 1874, John Tarrant and Maryann Tarrant nee Williamson.

Her brother George Samuel Williamson lived at 95 Pembroke Road with his wife Emily and children in the 1881 Census

Apparently the extended family also lived for many years in Alpha Place, Canterbury Road, Peel Road,

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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:13 GMT   

St Jude’s Church, Lancefield Street
Saint Jude’s was constructed in 1878, while the parish was assigned in 1879 from the parish of Saint John, Kensal Green (P87/JNE2). The parish was united with the parishes of Saint Luke (P87/LUK1) and Saint Simon (P87/SIM) in 1952. The church was used as a chapel of ease for a few years, but in 1959 it was closed and later demolished.

The church is visible on the 1900 map for the street on the right hand side above the junction with Mozart Street.

Source: SAINT JUDE, KENSAL GREEN: LANCEFIELD STREET, WESTMINSTER | Londo

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Fumblina   
Added: 27 Mar 2021 11:08 GMT   

Wedding at St Jude’s Church
On 9th November 1884 Charles Selby and Johanna Hanlon got married in St Jude’s Church on Lancefield Street. They lived together close by at 103 Lancefield Street.
Charles was a Lather, so worked in construction. He was only 21 but was already a widower.
Johanna is not shown as having a profession but this is common in the records and elsewhere she is shown as being an Ironer or a Laundress. It is possible that she worked at the large laundry shown at the top of Lancefield Road on the 1900 map. She was also 21. She was not literate as her signature on the record is a cross.
The ceremony was carried out by William Hugh Wood and was witnessed by Charles H Hudson and Caroline Hudson.

Source: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/1623/images/31280_197456-00100?pId=6694792

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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David Jones-Parry   
Added: 7 Sep 2017 12:13 GMT   

Mcgregor Road, W11 (1938 - 1957)
I was born n bred at 25 Mc Gregor Rd in 1938 and lived there until I joined the Royal Navy in 1957. It was a very interesting time what with air raid shelters,bombed houses,water tanks all sorts of areas for little boys to collect scrap and sell them on.no questions asked.A very happy boyhood -from there we could visit most areas of London by bus and tube and we did.

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charlie evans   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 18:51 GMT   

apollo pub 1950s
Ted Lengthorne was the landlord of the apollo in the 1950s. A local called darkie broom who lived at number 5 lancaster road used to be the potman,I remember being in the appollo at a street party that was moved inside the pub because of rain for the queens coronation . Not sure how long the lengthornes had the pub but remember teds daughter julie being landlady in the early 1970,s

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Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?

Regards

Bob Land

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Jun 2022 16:58 GMT   

Runcorn Place, W11
Runcorn place

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Added: 30 May 2022 19:03 GMT   

The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Queen’s Cinema This cinema was situated at the top of Queensway, on the corner of Bishop's Bridge Road.
Queensway Queensway (formerly Queen’s Road) is a cosmopolitan street in the Bayswater district, containing many restaurants and stores.
Upton Farm Upton Farm began in 1725 and was gone by 1839.
Westbourne House Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...
Westbourne Lodge Westbourne Lodge appeared in one of the earliest photographs in London.
Whiteley’s Whiteley’s, pictured here in the 1920s, was designated a Grade II Listed Building in 1970.

NEARBY STREETS
Alexander Mews, W2 Alexander Mews is a street in Paddington.
Alexander Street, W2 Alexander Street was built in 1853 by Alexander Hall of Watergate House, Sussex.
Artesian Road, W11 Artesian Road lies just over the boundary into Paddington from Notting Hill.
Arthur Court, W2 Arthur Court is at the north-west end of Queensway.
Bark Place, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Bishop’s Bridge, W2 Bishop’s Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 Bishop’s Bridge Road, now a main thoroughfare, began life as a footpath.
Brewers Court, W2 Brewers’ Court was finished in 1976.
Bridstow Place, W2 Bridstow Place is a street in Paddington.
Burdett Mews, W2 Burdett Mews is a street in Paddington.
Caernarvon House, W2 The 1955-built Caernarvon House is on the Hallfield Estate.
Caroline Place Mews, W2 Caroline Place Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Caroline Place, W2 Caroline Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Celbridge Mews, W2 Celbridge Mews is a street in Paddington.
Cervantes Court, W2 Cervantes Court is sited on Inverness Terrace
Chepstow Corner, W2 Chepstow Corner is a street in Paddington.
Chepstow Place, W2 Chepstow Place runs from the junction of Westbourne Grove and Pembridge Villas in the north to Pembridge Square in the south.
Chepstow Road, W2 Chepstow Road is a street in Paddington.
Cleveland Gardens, W2 Cleveland Gardens is a short stretch of road behind Cleveland Square.
Consort House, W2 Residential block
Craven Hill Gardens, W2 Craven Hill Gardens is a residential garden estate which has two small garden squares.
Dawson Place, W2 Dawson Place is a street in Paddington.
Evesham House, W2 Evesham House is a building on Hereford Road
Fosbury Mews, W2 Fosbury Mews is a street in Paddington.
Garway Road, W2 Garway Road is a street in Paddington.
Gloucester Gardens, W2 Gloucester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Hatherley Court, W2 Hatherley Court is a 1930s block.
Hatherley Grove, W2 Hatherley Grove is a street in Paddington.
Hereford Road, W2 Hereford Road was planned as a road of detached villas.
Ilchester Gardens, W2 Ilchester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Inverness Mews, W2 Inverness Mews is a street in Paddington.
Inverness Place, W2 Inverness Place is a street in Paddington.
Inverness Terrace, W2 Inverness Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Kildare Terrace, W2 Kildare Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Leinster Gardens, W2 Leinster Gardens began its life in the early 1840s.
Leinster Mews, W2 Leinster Mews is a street in Paddington.
Leinster Square, W2 Leinster Square, along with Prince’s Square, was begun in 1856 and finished in 1864
Leinster Terrace, W2 Leinster Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Monmouth Road, W2 Monmouth Road contained cottages and semi-detached villas by 1846
Moscow Place, W2 Moscow Place is a street in Paddington.
Moscow Road, W2 Moscow Road is a street in Paddington.
Needham Road, W11 Needham Road was formerly Norfolk Road.
Newton Mews, W2 Newton Mews is shown on the 1900 map.
Newton Road, W2 William Kinnaird Jenkins laid out Newton Road in 1846.
Northumberland Place, W2 Northumberland Place is a street in Paddington.
Olympia Mews, W2 Olympia Mews is a street in Paddington.
Orme Lane, W2 Orme Lane is a road in the W2 postcode area
Orsett Mews, W2 Orsett Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Orsett Terrace, W2 Orsett Terrace combined with Orsett Place to form one street in Paddington.
Ossington Street, W2 Ossington Street leads from Moscow Road at its north end to the Bayswater Road at its south end.
Pembridge Place, W2 Pembridge Place is a street in Notting Hill.
Pembridge Place, W2 Pembridge Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Pembridge Square, W2 Pembridge Square was developed between 1856 and 1864.
Pembridge Villas, W11 Pembridge Villas is a street in Notting Hill.
Pembroke House, W2 Residential block
Pickering Mews, W2 Pickering Mews is a street in Paddington.
Pickering Place, W2 Pickering Place eventually became the northern section of Queensway.
Pickering Terrace, W2 Pickering Terrace was later part of Porchester Road.
Poplar Place, W2 Poplar Place is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Gardens Mews, W2 Porchester Gardens Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Porchester Gardens, W2 Porchester Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Road, W2 Porchester Road has existed under a series of names since at least the 1750s.
Porchester Square, W2 Begun in 1850 and completed between 1855 and 1858, Porchester Square was one of the last areas of Bayswater to be built.
Porchester Terrace North, W2 Porchester Terrace North is a road in the W2 postcode area
Porchester Terrace, W2 Porchester Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Prince’s Square, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Princes Mews, W2 Princes Mews is a street in Paddington.
Princes Square, W2 Princes Square is a street in Paddington.
Princess Court, W2 Princess Court is a street in Paddington.
Queen’s Gardens, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Queens Court, W2 Queens Court is a street in Paddington.
Queens Gardens, W2 Queens Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Queens Mews, W2 Queens Mews is a street in Paddington.
Queensborough Passage, W2 Queensborough Passage is a road in the W2 postcode area
Queensborough Studios, W2 Queensborough Studios is a road in the W2 postcode area
Queensborough Terrace, W2 Queensborough Terrace was built by the grandson of John Aldridge in the 1860s on part of the Aldridge lands.
Queensway, W2 Queensway was home to the first department store in London, opened by William Whiteley in 1867.
Ralph Court, W2 Ralph Court backed Peter’s Court in Porchester Road.
Redan House, W2 Residential block
Redan Place, W2 Redan Place is a street in Paddington.
Rede Place, W2 Rede Place is a street in Paddington.
Rosehart Mews, W11 Rosehart Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Salem Road, W2 Salem Road is a street in Paddington.
Shrewsbury Road, W2 Shrewsbury Road is a street in Paddington.
St Petersburgh Mews, W2 St Petersburgh Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
St Petersburgh Place, W2 St Petersburgh Place is a street in Paddington.
St Stephens Gardens, W2 St Stephens Gardens is a street in Paddington.
St Stephen’s Gardens, W2 St Stephen’s Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Sutherland Place, W2 Sutherland Place is a street in Paddington.
Swanleys, W2 Swanleys was built east of St Stephen’s Church in 1978.
The Colonnades, W2 The Colonnades is in Porchester Square.
The Whiteleys Centre, W2 The Whiteleys Centre is the former site of the Whiteleys department store.
Westbourne Court, W2 Westbourne Court stood at the corner of Orsett Terrace and Westbourne Terrace by 1938.
Westbourne Gardens, W2 Westbourne Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Grove Mews, W11 Westbourne Grove Mews is a street in Notting Hill.
Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 Runs north from Westbourne Grove.
Westbourne Grove, W2 Westbourne Grove began its existence as a footpath.
Westbourne Park Road, W2 Houses at the Paddington end of Westbourne Park Road date from the 1850s.
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2 Westbourne Terrace Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Windsor Court, W2 Windsor Court is a block on Moscow Road

NEARBY PUBS
Royal Oak The Royal Oak pub gave its name to the nearby station.
The Cock & Bottle This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Bayswater

Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas - also one of London’s biggest concentration of hotels.

Notably, there is a significant Arabic population in Bayswater, a large number of Americans, a substantial Greek community attracted by London’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the area is also a centre of London’s Brazilian community.

Architecturally, the biggest part of the area is made up of Victorian mansion blocks, mostly, although not exclusively, divided up into flats. There are also purpose built apartment blocks dating from the inter-war period as well as more recent developments, and a there is large Council Estate, the 800 flat Hallfield Estate, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and now largely sold off. There are some garden squares in the area.

Queensway and Westbourne Grove are busy High Streets, with a very large number of ethnic restaurants.

Bayswater tube station lies between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington.

The station was opened 1 October 1868, just 5 years after the London Underground started. It was renamed several times: to Bayswater (Queen’s Road) & Westbourne Grove in 1923, to Bayswater (Queen’s Road) in 1933.


LOCAL PHOTOS
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Notting Hill
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Pembridge Road (1900s)
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Early map of Kensington Palace
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The Bayswater Conduit in 1798.
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Notting Hill in Bygone Days
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In the neighbourhood...

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Notting Hill
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This photo from 6 August 1857 shows guests at the wedding at Westbourne Lodge, Paddington (Royal Oak) The wedding was of Florence Augusta Saunders, daughter of Charles Saunders, first general secretary of the Great Western Railway, with the Reverend Frederick Manners Stopford. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was amongst the guests. During the wedding, both Brunel and Saunders were able to experience trains running beside the wedding party along the railway which they had built.
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Mrs Siddons’ house at Westbourne Green c. 1800
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The Bayswater Conduit in 1798.
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The Royal Oak pub in Bayswater gave its name to the nearby station
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Bourne Terrace - taken from Torquay Street. On the corner of Bourne Terrace is Saws Ltd at number 264 along with various blocks which no longer exist.
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Cirencester Street, W2 The street’s length was curtailed when the Warwick Estate was built.
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Customers of the ’Great Western’ pub, 57 Hampden Street, Paddington (c.1915). Everybody sports a button-hole, suggesting some sort of event.
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Gravel pits of Kensington (1811–1812) by John Linnell (16 June 1792 – 20 January 1882) Kensington Gravel Pits was an old village located at the junction of what are now known as Bayswater Road and Kensington Church Street. This area is now known as Notting Hill Gate. The village was named after gravel quarries located to between the village and the town of Kensington.
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Notting Hill Gate - showing the two station buildings (Central and Metropolitan) opposite each other
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