Clearwell Drive, W9

Road in/near Little Venice, existing between the 1970s and now

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Clearwell Drive is a newer street, roughly built over the line of the former Amberley Mews.





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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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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:30 GMT   

Kilburn Park - opened 1915
Kilburn Park station was opened at the height of the First World War

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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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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 14:49 GMT   

A bit of a lift....
Kilburn Park was the first station to be designed around escalators, rather than lifts.

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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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GRaleigh   
Added: 23 Feb 2021 09:34 GMT   

Found a bug
Hi all! Thank you for your excellent site. I found an overlay bug on the junction of Glengall Road, NW6 and Hazelmere Road, NW6 on the 1950 map only. It appears when one zooms in at this junction and only on the zoom.

Cheers,
Geoff Raleigh

Source: Glengall Road, NW6

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The Underground Map   
Added: 25 Feb 2021 13:11 GMT   

Glengall Road, NW6
Thanks Geoff!

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Born here
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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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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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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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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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bridge House Canal side house in Westbourne Park
Desborough Lodge Desborough Lodge was a house which was one of five grand houses in the village of Westbourne Green.
Kilburn Aqueduct Some way from the area now called Kilburn, the Kilburn Aqueduct of the Grand Union Canal spanned the River Westbourne.
River Westbourne The Westbourne is one of the lost rivers of London.
Spotted Dog The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.
Warwick Avenue Warwick Avenue is an area, street and a Bakerloo Line tube station near Little Venice.
Westbourne Farm Westbourne Farm - an old farm with a theatrical connection.
Westbourne Green The story of the building of a suburb.
Westbourne Manor The Manor of Westbourne

NEARBY STREETS
Abourne Street, W9 Before the Second World War, Abourne Street had been called Netley Street.
Admiral Walk, W9 Admiral Walk is a street in Maida Vale.
Aldsworth Close, W9 Aldsworth Close is a pale buff brick terrace.
Alfred Road, W2 Alfred Road is the last survivor of a set of Victorian streets.
Amberley Mews, W9 Amberley Mews starred as Tom Riley’s home in the 1950 movie "The Blue Lamp".
Amberley Road, W2 Amberley Road was formerly lined by canalside wharves.
Barnard Lodge, W9 Barnard Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Barnwood Close, W9 Barnwood Close replaced a set of canal-side industrial buildings.
Blomfield Mews, W2 Blomfield Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Blomfield Road, W2 Blomfield Road is the road running beside the canal on the Little Venice side.
Blomfield Villas, W2 Blomfield Villas is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bourne Terrace, W2 Bourne Terrace is part of the Warwick Estate in Paddington and has 38 properties.
Brindley Street, W2 Brindley Street was once one of the poorest streets in Paddington.
Bristol Gardens, W9 Bristol Gardens is an extension southeastwards of Shirland Road.
Castellain Mansions, W9 Castellain Mansions is a block on Castellain Road.
Castellain Road, W9 Castellain Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Charfield Court, W9 Charfield Court is part of the 1972 Amberley Estate.
Chichester Road, W2 Chichester Road is a road in the W2 postcode area
Cirencester Street, W2 Cirencester Street came about in the 1860s but was shortened when the Warwick Estate was built.
Clarendon Crescent, W2 Clarendon Crescent was said to be the longest road in London without a turning.
Clarendon Gardens, W9 Clarendon Gardens is a street in Maida Vale.
Clifton Gardens, W9 Clifton Gardens is a road in the W9 postcode area
Clifton Villas, W9 Clifton Villas is a street in Maida Vale.
Clive Court, W9 Clive Court is a residential block upon Maida Vale.
Delamere Terrace, W2 Delamere Terrace runs beside the Grand Union Canal towpath.
Delaware Road, W9 Delaware Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Desborough Close, W2 Desborough Close was named after Desborough House which was demolished in the 19th century.
Downfield Close, W9 Downfield Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Edbrooke Road, W9 Edbrooke Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Elgin Avenue, W9 Elgin Avenue was proposed in an 1827 plan for the area by John Gutch.
Ellwood Court, W9 Ellwood Court is a two-storey block.
Elnathan Mews, W9 Elnathan Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Formosa Street, W9 Formosa Street is a street in Maida Vale.
Foscote Mews, W9 This is a street in the W9 postcode area
Gaydon House, W2 Gaydon House is a 21-storey block containing 125 dwellings.
Hampden Street, W2 Hampden Street is a now demolished street.
Harrow Road, W2 Harrow Road is one of the main arterial roads of London, leading northwest out of the capital.
Hunter Lodge, W9 Hunter Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Lister Lodge, W9 Lister Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Lord Hills Road, W2 Lord Hill’s Road was at first called Ranelagh Road.
Marylands Road, W9 Marylands Road was built by the Neeld family during the 1860s.
Oakington Road, W9 Oakington Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Oldbury House, W2 Oldbury House is a shopping parade along the Harrow Road with accommodation above, part of the Warwick Estate development.
Pindock Mews, W9 Pindock Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Princethorpe House, W2 Princethorpe House is a block on Woodchester Square
Randolph Crescent, W9 Randolph Crescent is a street in Maida Vale.
Randolph Road, W9 Randolph Road is a road in the W9 postcode area
Regents Court, W9 Regents Court is a street in Maida Vale.
Rowington Close, W2 Rowington Close probably dates from 1962.
Senior Street, W2 Senior Street has a long history of over 150 years.
Sevington Street, W9 Sevington Street is a street in Maida Vale.
Shirland Road, W9 Shirland Road is one of the main thorughfares of Maida Vale.
Surrendale Place, W9 Surrendale Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Sutherland Avenue, W9 Sutherland Avenue is one of the main streets of Maida Vale.
Thorngate Road, W9 This is a street in the W9 postcode area
Torquay Street, W2 Torquay Street underwent name changes and building changes.
Warrington Crescent, W9 Warrington Crescent is a street in Maida Vale.
Warwick Avenue, W2 Warwick Avenue is split between the W2 and W9 postcodes.
Warwick Avenue, W9 Warwick Road was named in 1840, later to become Warwick Avenue.
Warwick Court, W9 Warwick Court is a street in Maida Vale.
Warwick Crescent, W2 Warwick Crescent lies along a southern edge of the Little Venice Pool.
Warwick Place, W9 Warwick Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Waverley Road, W2 Waverley Road, now gone, lasted just over a hundred years.
Westbourne Terrace Road, W2 Westbourne Terrace Road is a street in Paddington.
Westway, W2 At its opening, Westway was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain.
Woodchester Square, W2 Woodchester Square is a street in Paddington.
Woodchester Street, W2 Woodchester Street disappeared from the map in 1961.

NEARBY PUBS
Great Western The Great Western was a pub in Hampden Street.
Spotted Dog The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.


Little Venice

Little Venice is a picturesque area situated around the Regent's Canal in the Paddington area.

Known for its canals and moored boats, it is the home of many famous people. Much of the property in the area terraced mansions and town houses. Little Venice has two waterways: the Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal, which meet in a large, picturesque pool, Browning's Pool, which forms the focus of the area.


LOCAL PHOTOS
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Sutherland Avenue, W9
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Amberley Mews - "The Blue Lamp"
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In the neighbourhood...

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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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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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Lord Hills Road at the junction with Senior Street
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Dada style Maida Vale block of flats
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Sutherland Avenue, W9
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Waiting for the number 6 bus in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 #stpeterspark
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The picture painted to show the opening of canal in 1801 clearly shows the embankment over the Westbourne valley
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Amberley Mews - "The Blue Lamp"
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