Westway, W2

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

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At its opening, Westway was the largest continuous concrete structure in Britain.

The motorway was built to form a link from Paddington to Ringway 1, the innermost circuit of the London Ringways network, part of a complex and comprehensive plan for a network of high speed roads circling and radiating out from central London designed to manage and control the flow of traffic within the capital.

This plan had developed from early schemes prior to the Second World War through Patrick Abercrombie’s County of London Plan, 1943 and Greater London Plan, 1944 to a 1960s Greater London Council (GLC) scheme that would have involved the construction of many miles of motorway standard roads across the city and demolition on a massive scale. Due to the huge construction costs and widespread public opposition, most of the scheme was cancelled in 1973 and the Westway, the West Cross Route and East Cross Route in east London were the only significant parts to be built.

The route of the Westway was chosen to follow the easiest path from Western Avenue to Paddington by following the route of existing railway lines. Passing an eight lane elevated motorway through densely populated Victorian North Kensington, though, involved the clearance of a large number of buildings adjacent to the railway, particularly in the area west of Westbourne Park, where many roads were unceremoniously truncated or demolished to make way for the concrete structures.

The road was constructed with many advanced features, such as heating grids on slopes to control the formation of ice. It was planned and constructed in an era before environmental impacts were routinely considered, and it caused much controversy at the time for the effects it and the vehicles it carried had upon the local community and the environment. After completion a vast corridor of wasteland remained below the motorway.


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Lived here
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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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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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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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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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
I lived at No. 61 with my parents during these years. I went to Canterbury Road school (now Barclay Primary) and sang as a boy soprano (treble) in the church choir at St Andrew’s church, on the corner of Forest Glade.
Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.

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Tim Stevenson   
Added: 16 Nov 2021 18:03 GMT   

Pub still open
The Bohemia survived the 2020/21 lockdowns and is still a thriving local social resource.

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STEPHEN JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.

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STEPHEN ARTHUR JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:12 GMT   

Lynedoch Street, E2
my father Arthur Jackson was born in lynedoch street in 1929 and lived with mm grandparents and siblings, until they were relocated to Pamela house Haggerston rd when the street was to be demolished

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Sir Walter Besant   
Added: 11 Nov 2021 18:47 GMT   

Sir Walter adds....
All the ground facing Wirtemberg Street at Chip and Cross Streets is being levelled for building and the old houses are disappearing fast. The small streets leading through into little Manor Street are very clean and tenanted by poor though respectable people, but little Manor Street is dirty, small, and narrow. Manor Street to Larkhall Rise is a wide fairly clean thoroughfare of mixed shops and houses which improves towards the north. The same may be said of Wirtemberg Street, which commences poorly, but from the Board School north is far better than at the Clapham end.

Source: London: South of the Thames - Chapter XX by Sir Walter Besant (1912)

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Added: 6 Nov 2021 15:03 GMT   

Old Nichol Street, E2
Information about my grandfather’s tobacconist shop

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tom   
Added: 3 Nov 2021 05:16 GMT   

I met
someone here 6 years ago

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Fion Anderson   
Added: 2 Nov 2021 12:55 GMT   

Elstree not Borehamwood
Home of the UK film industry

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bishop’s Bridge Bishop’s Bridge, sometimes known as Paddington Bridge, is a road bridge which carries Bishop’s Bridge Road across the rail approaches to Paddington station
Fountains Abbey The Fountains Abbey was opened in 1824 and quickly became a popular meeting place for locals.
Hyett’s hand-drawn 1807 map William Hyett produced an amazingly accurate map of the London countryside in 1807, using just pen and paper.
Kilburn Aqueduct Some way from the area now called Kilburn, the Kilburn Aqueduct of the Grand Union Canal spanned the River Westbourne.
Paddington The first underground railway station in the world ran from Paddington on 10 January 1863 as the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway’s route from Farringdon.
Paddington Green Children’s Hospital The Paddington Green Children’s Hospital opened in August 1883.
Red Lion Bridge Harrow Road once spanned the River Westbourne at this point.
River Westbourne The Westbourne is one of the lost rivers of London.
Royal Oak Royal Oak is a station on the Hammersmith and City Line, between Westbourne Park and Paddington stations, and is the least used station on the Hammersmith and City line.
St Mary’s Hospital, London St Mary’s Hospital is a hospital in Paddington, founded in 1845.
Warwick Avenue Warwick Avenue is an area, street and a Bakerloo Line tube station near Little Venice.
Westbourne Green The story of the building of a suburb.
Westbourne Lodge Westbourne Lodge appeared in one of the earliest photographs in London.

NEARBY STREETS
Adpar Street, W2 Adpar Street is a street in Paddington.
Amberley Mews, W9 Amberley Mews starred as Tom Riley’s home in the 1950 movie "The Blue Lamp".
Barnwood Close, W9 Barnwood Close replaced a set of canal-side industrial buildings.
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.
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
Boscobel Street, NW8 Boscobel Street is named after a nearby pub called the Royal Oak.
Bourne Terrace, W2 Bourne Terrace is part of the Warwick Estate in Paddington and has 38 properties.
Braithwaite Tower, W2 Braithwaite Tower is a street in Paddington.
Brewers Court, W2 Brewers’ Court was finished in 1976.
Bristol Gardens, W9 Bristol Gardens is an extension southeastwards of Shirland Road.
Caernarvon House, W2 The 1955-built Caernarvon House is on the Hallfield Estate.
Canalside Walk, W2 Canalside Walk is a location in London.
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
Church Street, W2 Church Street, laid out in the 1790s, ran to the parish church at Paddington Green.
Clearwell Drive, W9 Clearwell Drive is a newer street, roughly built over the line of the former Amberley Mews.
Cleveland Terrace, W2 Cleveland Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Clifton Villas, W9 Clifton Villas is a street in Maida Vale.
Crompton Street, W2 Crompton Street is a street in Paddington.
Cuthbert Street, W2 Cuthbert Street is a street in Paddington.
Delamere Terrace, W2 Delamere Terrace runs beside the Grand Union Canal towpath.
Desborough Close, W2 Desborough Close was named after Desborough House which was demolished in the 19th century.
Dudley Street, W2 Dudley Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Eastbourne Mews, W2 Eastbourne Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Eastbourne Terrace, W2 Eastbourne Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Edward House, W2 Residential block
Ellwood Court, W9 Ellwood Court is a two-storey block.
Gloucester Gardens, W2 Gloucester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Hall Place, W2 Hall Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Harrow Road, W2 Harrow Road is one of the main arterial roads of London, leading northwest out of the capital.
Hatton Street, NW8 This is a street in the NW8 postcode area
Hermitage Street, W2 Hermitage Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Howards Way, W2 Howards Way is a road in the W2 postcode area
Howley Place, W2 Howley Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
John Aird Court, W2 John Aird Court is a series of distinct blocks in Paddington.
Kingdom Street, W2 Kingdom Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
London Mews, W2 London Mews is a street in Paddington.
London Street, W2 London Street is a street in Paddington.
Lord Hills Road, W2 Lord Hill’s Road was at first called Ranelagh Road.
Macmillan House, W2 Residential block
Maida Avenue, W2 Maida Avenue is a street in Paddington.
Merchant Square, W2 Merchant Square is a road in the W2 postcode area
North Wharf Road, W2 North Wharf Road is a street in Paddington.
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.
Paddington Green, W2 Paddington Green is a surviving fragment of the original rural fabric of the area.
Paddington Square, W2 Paddington Square is a location in London.
Park Place Villas, W2 Park Place Villas is a street in Paddington.
Pickering Terrace, W2 Pickering Terrace was later part of Porchester Road.
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
Porteus Road, W2 Porteus Road is a road in the W2 postcode area
Praed Mews, W2 Praed Mews is a street in Paddington.
Princess Louise Close, W2 Princess Louise Close is a street in Paddington.
Ralph Court, W2 Ralph Court backed Peter’s Court in Porchester Road.
Randolph Mews, W9 Randolph Mews is a road in the W9 postcode area
Randolph Road, W9 Randolph Road is a road in the W9 postcode area
Ranelagh Bridge, W2 Ranelagh Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Rosewood Walk, W2 Rosewood Walk is a location in London.
Sheldon Square, W2 Sheldon Square is a street in Paddington.
South Wharf Road, W2 South Wharf Road is a street in Paddington.
St Marys Mansions, W2 St Marys Mansions is a street in Paddington.
St Marys Terrace, W2 St Marys Terrace is a street in Paddington.
St Mary’s Square, W2 Saint Mary’s Square is a square in the W2 postcode area
The Colonnades, W2 The Colonnades is in Porchester Square.
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.
Westbourne Court, W2 Westbourne Court stood at the corner of Orsett Terrace and Westbourne Terrace by 1938.
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2 Westbourne Terrace Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Westbourne Terrace Road, W2 Westbourne Terrace Road is a street in Paddington.
Winsland Street, W2 Winsland Street is a road in the W2 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Fountains Abbey The Fountains Abbey was opened in 1824 and quickly became a popular meeting place for locals.
Royal Oak The Royal Oak pub gave its name to the nearby station.


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
The Bayswater Conduit in 1798.
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Bayswater Road
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Fountains Abbey (2020)
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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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A GWR 4073 Class locomotive waits to depart Paddington Station, adjacent to Brunels cast-iron Bishops Bridge road bridge, in April 1962.
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Chilworth Street, W2
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Sutherland Avenue, W9
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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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Paddington Fire Station (c.1900)
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