St Mary’s Harrow Road

Hospital in/near Maida Hill, existed between 1883 and 1986

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Hospital · Maida Hill · W9 ·
MARCH
28
2017

St Mary’s Harrow Road was built as the infirmary for the Paddington Workhouse.

In 1847 a new workhouse was built by the Paddington Guardians to house its poor, as the neighbouring Kensington workhouse, which had been used until then, had become too crowded.

The Paddington workhouse was located on the north bank of the Grand Union Canal, to the south of Harrow Road. In 1868 its sick wards were extended and new offices and a dispensary also added.

In 1883 work began on a separate infirmary building, which was sited between the workhouse and the adjacent Lock Hospital. It would cost £1,100 and contain six wards, including a lying-in ward and a lunatic observation ward, as well as a dispensary. A midwife was engaged and a Relieving Officer for the dispensary, but the contractors went bankrupt and the infirmary was not completed until 1885.

The Paddington Infirmary opened in 1886. It was a long 4-storey building with a basement, and lay on a north-south axis. It contained 284 beds, although some sick beds remained in the workhouse itself, giving a total of 295 beds altogether. Male patients were accommodated in the south part and female in the north. Distinctly shaped towers at each end of the building contained the bathrooms and WCs.

In 1886 the Medical Officers of the Marylebone and Paddington Infirmaries approached St Mary’s Hospital Medical School with a view to establishing cooperation in clinical instruction for medical students. They were turned down (a prevailing snobbery of the time resulted in teaching hospital staff looking down on those employed in infirmaries).

In 1890 most of the workhouse inmates - some 90% - were aged over 65 years, but the Infirmary was admitting an increasing number of younger acute cases.

By 1907 there was a great need for a Nurses’ Home but a minority of the Board of Governors, backed by a large number of ratepayers, protested against its cost of £10,000. The Board decided it was more economical to adapt existing buildings for the purpose.

In 1913 25% of admissions to the Infirmary were children under the age of 10 years, half of whom were discharged within a month. Only 5% remained for six months or more.

In 1919 Dr Charles Wilson(later Lord Moran), the future Dean of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, saw the advantages of a link with the Marylebone and Paddington Infirmaries, which could supply a wealth of clinical material not available in a general hospital. The Paddington Board of Guardians agreed to the proposal that medical students could visit and receive clinical instruction at the Infirmary. (It seems that the medical staff of the Infirmary were better qualified than those of the workhouse.) Thus, clinical lectures were held at the Infirmary, allowing it to claim that it was the only metropolitan infirmary where such instruction (normally restricted to general hospitals) had been attempted.

As the medical care improved due to the link with St Mary’s Hospital, more non-pauper patients began to seek treatment at the Infirmary, with their expections of better care higher than those of the workhouse paupers.

In 1921 the nurses finally got their Nurses’ Home. As the number of beds had risen to 594 and the number of operations had increased to over 200 a year, so had the number of nursing staff. A reduction in hours worked by the nurses also meant more had to be employed, thus creating an even greater necessity for a Nurses’ Home. The new Home was opened by the Earl of Onslow, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, as was an up-to-date operating theatre, bringing the Infirmary more towards the standing of a general hospital.

The operating theatre was spacious, with a north and a top light, and painted in cream, rather than the usual dazzling white. The anaesthetic room was painted green, while the sterilising room was lined with white tiles. The surgeon’s room was also painted cream. The floors of the theatre and its annexes were tesselated throughout. Small round windows were inset into the plain doors leading to the theatre, so that the progress of an operation could be observed without opening the door. Above the operating table was a great lamp with reflectors (on the principle of a lighthouse lamp), which was movable freely latitudinally, but not longitudinally.

The Nurses’ Home provided each nurse with a separate bedroom. The sitting room walls were painted cream, with green woodwork and a carpet of Aubusson colouring.

In 1929 control of the workhouse and Infirmary transferred to the LCC, who renamed the site the Paddington Hospital.

In 1935 the Hospital had 605 beds.

In 1948 it joined the NHS under the control of the Paddington Group Hospital Medical Committee, part of the North West Metropolitan Regional Health Board.

In 1954 it became Paddington General Hospital.

In 1968 it affiliated with St Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street and was renamed St Mary’s Hospital (Harrow Road) or, more colloquially, St Mary’s Harrow Road. The St Mary’s Hospital Group also contained St Charles’ Hospital, Paddington Green Children’s Hospital and the Western Ophthalmic Hospital.

Considerable extensions were made to the Hospital over the years, including a new Out-Patients Department, a Casualty Department, a pharmacy, pathology laboratories and a Teaching Centre.

In 1971 the remedial therapies (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) were integrated into one department. In 1977 Rheumatology and Rehabilitation wards were opened - the first in the District - but were forced to close in 1979, when the first serious financial cuts affected the NHS.

In 1981 the Hospital had 431 beds, but the Area Health Authority decided that there were too many acute beds in the District, and that the service would be concentrated at the Praed Street site and at St Charles’ Hospital. Thus, the Casualty Department and the acute beds closed at Harrow Road. In 1984 a special Rheumatology ward opened again, shared with patients from the Oral Surgery Unit.

By 1985 there were 166 beds. The Hospital was due to be closed once Phase 1 of the rebuilding of its mother hospital in Praed Street was completed but, due to financial pressures, it closed prematurely. The last Out-Patient clinic was held on 31st October 1986 and the wards finally closed on 22nd November. Services were transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street.




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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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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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The Underground Map   
Added: 24 Nov 2020 14:25 GMT   

The 1879 Agricultural Show
The 1879 Royal Agricultural Society of England’s annual show was held on an area which later became Queen’s Park and opened on 30 June 1879.

The show ran for a week but the poor weather meant people had to struggle through deep mud and attendances fell disastrously. The visit to the show by Queen Victoria on the fifth day rallied visitors and nearly half the people who visited the show went on that day.

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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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Joan Clarke   
Added: 2 Feb 2021 10:54 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My late aunt Ivy Clarke (nee Burridge) lived with her whole family at 19 Avondale Park Gardens, according to the 1911 census and she was still there in 1937.What was it like in those days, I wonder, if the housing was only built in 1920?


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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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Dave Fahey   
Added: 6 Jan 2021 02:40 GMT   

Bombing of the Jack O Newberry
My maternal grandfather, Archie Greatorex, was the licensee of the Earl of Warwick during the Second World War. My late mother Vera often told the story of the bombing of the Jack. The morning after the pub was bombed, the landlord’s son appeared at the Warwick with the pub’s till on an old pram; he asked my grandfather to pay the money into the bank for him. The poor soul was obviously in shock. The previous night, his parents had taken their baby down to the pub cellar to shelter from the air raids. The son, my mother never knew his name, opted to stay in his bedroom at the top of the building. He was the only survivor. I often wondered what became of him.

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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ken gaston   
Added: 16 Jan 2021 11:04 GMT   

Avondale Park Gardens
My grandmother Hilda Baker and a large family lived in number 18 . It was a close community and that reflected in the coronation celebration held on the central green . I grew up in that square and went to school at Sirdar Road then St. Clements it was a great place to grow up with a local park and we would also trek to Holland Park or Kensington Gardens .Even then the area was considered deprived and a kindergarden for criminals . My generation were the first to escape to the new towns and became the overspill from London to get decent housing and living standards .

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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 15:38 GMT   

6 East Row (1960 - 1960)
We lived at 6 East Row just before it was demolished.

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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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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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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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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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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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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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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.
Orme’s Green Ormes Green was the former name for this part of Westbourne Park.
Spotted Dog The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.
St Mary’s Harrow Road St Mary’s Harrow Road was built as the infirmary for the Paddington Workhouse.
The Prince of Wales Cinema The Prince of Wales Cinema was located at 331 Harrow Road.
Westbourne Farm Westbourne Farm - an old farm with a theatrical connection.
Westbourne House Two hundred years ago, the biggest house hereabouts...
Westbourne Manor The Manor of Westbourne
Weston’s Cider House In 1930 Weston’s opened their first and only cider mill on the Harrow Road.
Windsor Castle The Windsor Castle dates from the 1820s but its main incarnation was as a classic Victorian public house, seminal in 1970s musical history.

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.
Aldridge Court, W11 Aldridge Court is in Aldridge Road Villas.
Aldridge Road Villas, W11 Aldridge Road Villas is a surviving fragment of mid-Victorian residential development.
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.
Ascot House, W9 Ascot House was built as part of the GLC’s small Windsor estate.
Barnard Lodge, W9 Barnard Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Barnwood Close, W9 Barnwood Close replaced a set of canal-side industrial buildings.
Brindley Street, W2 Brindley Street was once one of the poorest streets in Paddington.
Burlington Close, W9 Burlington Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Chippenham Mews, W9 Chippenham Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Chippenham Road, W9 Chippenham Road is a street in Maida Vale.
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.
Delaware Road, W9 Delaware Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Downfield Close, W9 Downfield Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Drayford Close, W9 Drayford Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Edbrooke Road, W9 Edbrooke Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Ellwood Court, W9 Ellwood Court is a two-storey block.
Elmfield Way, W9 Elmfield Way is a street in Maida Vale.
Elsie Lane Court, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Fallodon House, W11 Fallodon House was planned in 1973 to replace housing between Tavistock Crescent, Tavistock Road, and St Luke’s Road.
Fermoy Road, W9 Fermoy Road was named in 1883 and partly built up by 1884
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.
Goldney Road, W9 Goldney Road was built around 1860 on land which was once the property of Westminster Abbey.
Great Western Road, W11 The name of the Great Western Road dates from the 1850s.
Great Western Road, W9 Great Western Road’s northernmost section was created after a bridge was constructed over the canal.
Grittleton Road, W9 Grittleton Road is a street in Maida Vale.
Hampden Street, W2 Hampden Street is a now demolished street.
Harrow Road, W9 Harrow Road is a main road running through Paddington, Willesden and beyond.
Hermes Close, W9 Hermes Close is a street in Maida Vale.
Hormead Road, W9 Hormead Road was named in 1885 although its site was still a nursery ground until 1891.
Hunter Lodge, W9 Hunter Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Keyham House, W2 The twenty-storey Keyham House is on Westbourne Park Road.
Leamington House, W11 Leamington House was built by 1962.
Leamington Road Villas, W11 Leamington Road Villas is a street in Notting Hill.
Lister Lodge, W9 Lister Lodge is a street in Maida Vale.
Marylands Road, W9 Marylands Road was built by the Neeld family during the 1860s.
McGregor Road, W11 McGregor Road runs between St Luke’s Road and All Saints Road.
Modena Street, W9 Modena Street was swept away in the late 1960s.
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.
Portishead House, W2 Portishead House is part of the Brunel Estate.
Pressland Street, W10 Pressland Street ran from Kensal Road to the canal.
Princethorpe House, W2 Residential block
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.
St Luke’s Road, W11 St Luke’s Road is a street in Notting Hill.
St Stephens Gardens, W2 St Stephens Gardens is a street in Paddington.
St Stephens Mews, W2 St Stephens Mews is a street in Paddington.
St Stephen’s Gardens, W2 St Stephen’s Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Surrendale Place, W9 Surrendale Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Tavistock Road, W11 Tavistock Road is a street in Notting Hill.
Thorngate Road, W9 This is a street in the W9 postcode area
Torquay Street, W2 Torquay Street underwent name changes and building changes.
Walterton Road, W9 Walterton Road was the central road of a suburb which was originally proposed to called St. Peter’s Park.
Waverley Road, W2 Waverley Road, now gone, lasted just over a hundred years.
Westbourne Park Road, W11 Westbourne Park Road runs between Notting Hill and the Paddington area.
Westbourne Park Villas, W2 Westbourne Park Villas is a street in Paddington.
Westbury House, W11 Westbury House was built on the corner of Westbourne Park Road and Aldridge Road Villas in 1965.
Western Mews, W9 Western Mews is a street in Maida Vale.
Windsor Gardens, W9 Windsor Gardens is a street in Maida Vale.
Woodchester Square, W2 Woodchester Square is a street in Paddington.
Woodchester Street, W2 Woodchester Street disappeared from the map in 1961.
Woodfield Crescent, W9 Woodfield Crescent was a former street in London W9.
Woodfield Place, W9 Woodfield Place is a street in Maida Vale.
Woodfield Road, W9 The first section of Woodfield Road seems to date from the 1830s.

NEARBY PUBS
Great Western The Great Western was a pub in Hampden Street.
Sporting Club De Londres This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Spotted Dog The Spotted Dog public house was one of the earliest buildings in Westbourne Green.
The Metropolitan This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Weston’s Cider House In 1930 Weston’s opened their first and only cider mill on the Harrow Road.
Windsor Castle The Windsor Castle dates from the 1820s but its main incarnation was as a classic Victorian public house, seminal in 1970s musical history.


Maida Hill

Maida Hill's name derives from the Hero of Maida inn which used to be on Edgware Road near the Regent's Canal.

The pub was named after General Sir John Stuart who was made Count of Maida by King Ferdinand IV of Naples and Sicily after the victory at the Battle of Maida in 1806. Previously the fields here had been the highest part of Paddington at 120 feet above sea level and called "Hill House Fields".

By 1810 the locality was being marked as ‘Maida’ on maps. The Maida Hill tunnel, begun in 1812, was the first canal tunnel to be built in London and is the second longest. Its route had to be altered to avoid the Portman estate, which had refused passage through its property.

The part of Edgware Road immediately north of the Regent’s Canal was subsequently called Maida Hill, and later Maida Hill East, while modern Little Venice was formerly Maida Hill West. The whole name then migrated west and renamed an area previously known as St Peter’s Park.

Modern Maida Hill is bounded to the north and east by Shirland Road, in the west by Walterton Road with the Regent's Canal to the south.

The name had fallen out of use but, in the mid 2000s, the 414 bus route revived the name as its destination on Shirland Road. Then a new street market on the Piazza at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Harrow Road deened itself in Maida Hill.


LOCAL PHOTOS
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Children of Ruston Close
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Arundel Gardens
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Portobello Road, W11
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In the neighbourhood...

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Mrs Siddons’ house at Westbourne Green c. 1800
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The Tabernacle is a Grade II*-listed building in Powis Square, W11 built in 1887 as a church. Photographed here in 2010.
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Duke of Cornwall, Ledbury Road W11, around 1990. Now The Ledbury restaurant, holder of 2 Michelin Stars as of 2014.
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Cirencester Street, W2 The street’s length was curtailed when the Warwick Estate was built.
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Great Western Road (1959) Great Western Road, which runs past Westbourne Park station, replaced a lane called Green Lane. The bridge over the railway, pictured here, was known as Green Lane Bridge until the 1860s - maybe later.
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Powis Square west side (1900s).
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Powis Terrace aka Hedgegate Court from Powis Square/Talbot Road (1900s). A.k.a. the "My Beautiful Laundrette" corner.
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Talbot Road from the east corner of Powis Square 1900s featuring the site of Fullerton's tailor's/blues and the Globe bar.
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Waiting for the number 6 bus in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 #stpeterspark
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Barnsdale Road, Paddington lies between Fernhead Road and Walterton Road.
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