Finchley Road, NW8

Road in/near St John’s Wood, existing between 1829 and now

 HOME  ·  ARTICLE  ·  MAPS  ·  STREETS  BLOG 
(51.5382 -0.17603, 51.538 -0.176) 
MAP YEAR:175018001810182018301860190019502022Show map without markers
ZOOM:14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 18 14 15 16 17 14 15 16 17 18
TIP: Adjust the MAP YEAR and ZOOM to tweak historical maps
Road · St John’s Wood · NW8 ·
July
19
2017

Finchley Road was built in 1829 (as ’Finchley New Road’) to provide a new route to horse-drawn traffic from London to the north.

Finchley Road was redesigned over the years to accommodate the steady increase of traffic, transforming a lot of the road into three lanes of traffic in each direction.


Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence

Click here to go to a random London street
We now have 491 completed street histories and 47009 partial histories
Find streets or residential blocks within the M25 by clicking STREETS


CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


Lived here
Cassandra Green   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 14:34 GMT   

Rudall Crescent, NW3 (- 1999)
I lived at 2 Rudall Crescent until myself and my family moved out in 1999. I once met a lady in a art fair up the road who was selling old photos of the area and was very knowledgeable about the area history, collecting photos over the years. She told me that before the current houses were built, there was a large manor house , enclosed by a large area of land. She told me there had been a fire there. Im trying to piece together the story and find out what was on the land before the crescent was built. This website is very interesting.

Reply

James Preston   
Added: 28 Apr 2021 09:06 GMT   

School
Was this the location of Rosslyn House prep school? I have a photograph of the Rosslyn House cricket team dated 1910 which features my grandfather (Alan Westbury Preston). He would have been 12 years old at the time. All the boys on the photo have been named. If this is the location of the school then it appears that the date of demolition is incorrect.

Reply
Comment
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

Reply
Comment
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

Reply
Comment
Graham Margetson   
Added: 9 Feb 2021 14:33 GMT   

I lived at 4 Arkwright Road before it was the school
My parents lived at 4 Arkwright Road. Mrs Goodwin actually owned the house and my parents rented rooms from her.


Reply
Comment
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.

Reply
LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

Reply
Comment
Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

Reply

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.

Reply
Comment
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)

Reply
Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


Reply
Born here
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.

Reply
Lived here
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

Reply
Comment
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

Reply

NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Alexandra Road Estate The Alexandra Road estate, often referred to as Rowley Way, is a housing estate in the London Borough of Camden.
St John’s Wood St John’s Wood is an affluent district, north west of Regent’s Park.

NEARBY STREETS
Acacia Place, NW8 Acacia Place is a short cul-de-sac off Acacia Road.
Acacia Road, NW8 Acacia Road dates from the 1830s.
Ainsworth Way, NW8 Ainsworth Way lies at the heart of the Alexandra Road estate.
Alexandra Road, NW8 Alexandra Road was built after the marriage of the Prince of Wales.
Aquila Street, NW8 Aquila Street is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Avenue Road, NW8 Avenue Road was an important road on the Eyre estate.
Belsize Road, NW6 Belsize Road is a major road in NW6, parallel to the railway.
Blenheim Road, NW8 Blenheim Road is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Blenheim Terrace, NW8 Blenheim Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Boundary Road, NW8 Boundary Road marks the former boundary between the between the Parish of St Marylebone and the Parish of St John Hampstead.
Boydell Court, NW8 Boydell Court is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Carlton Hill, NW8 Carlton Hill is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Coleridge Gardens, NW8 Street/road in London NW6
Court Close, NW8 Court Close is a location in London.
Dorman Way, NW8 Dorman Way is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Goldhurst Terrace, NW6 Goldhurst Terrace was laid out in the late 1870s.
Harley Road, NW3 Harley Road is a street in Hampstead.
Henstridge Place, NW8 Henstridge Place (rather obscurely) refers to a ridge where stallions are kept.
Hilgrove Road, NW6 Hilgrove Road was previously the western section of Adelaide Road, called Adelaide Road North.
Kingsmill Terrace, NW8 Kingsmill Terrace is named after a member of the Eyre family.
Langford Place, NW8 Langford Place is called after the owner of Lileston manor (Lisson Grove) in the 14th century.
Loudoun Road, NW8 Loudoun Road, dating from the 1850s, was originally known as Bridge Road.
Marlborough Hill, NW8 Marlborough Hill dates from the 1830s in the first of the St John’s Wood developments.
Marlborough Place, NW8 Marlborough Place was previously split into two sections named Marlborough Place and Marlborough Road.
Middle Field, NW8 Middle Field is part of a development just to the east of the Finchley Road.
Norfolk Road, NW8 Norfolk Road is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Ordnance Hill, NW8 Ordnance Hill is so-named because the Board of Ordnance was the original lessee of St John’s Wood Barracks.
Queen’s Terrace, NW8 Queen’s Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Queens Terrace, NW8 Queens Terrace is a location in London.
Queensmead, NW8 Queensmead is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Queen’s Grove, NW8 Queen’s Grove was named just after the marriage of Victoria and Albert in 1841.
Regency Parade, NW3 Regency Parade is a street in Hampstead.
Rossetti Mews, NW8 Rossetti Mews is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Rowley Way, NW8 Rowley Way was named after Llewellyn Rowley, Camden’s Director of Housing.
Ryder’s Terrace, NW8 Ryder’s Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Selby House, NW6 Residential block
Springfield Road, NW8 Springfield Road dates from the late 1850s.
St John’s Wood Park, NW8 St John’s Wood Park is a road in the NW8 postcode area
St John’s Wood Terrace, NW8 St John’s Wood Terrace is a road in the NW8 postcode area
St. Johns Wood Park, NW8 St. Johns Wood Park is a location in London.
Tatham Place, NW8 Tatham Place is a road in the NW8 postcode area
The Marlowes, NW8 The Marlowes is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Waverley Place, NW8 Waverley Place is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Woronzow Road, NW8 Woronzow Road was named after Count Woronzow, Russian ambassador from 1785-1806

NEARBY PUBS
The Arches This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood is an affluent district, north west of Regent’s Park.

St John’s Wood was once part of the Great Forest of Middlesex with the name deriving from its mediaeval owners, the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers), an Augustinian order. The order took over the land from the Knights Templar in 1323.

After the Reformation and the Dissolution of monastic orders, St John’s Wood became Crown land, and Henry VIII established Royal Hunting Grounds in what became known as Marylebone Park.

Until the end of the eighteenth century, the area was agricultural.

St John’s Wood was developed from the early 19th century onwards. It was one of the first London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density ’villa’ housing, as opposed to the terraced housing which was the norm in London up to the 19th century. Parts of St John’s Wood have been rebuilt at a higher density but it remains one of the most expensive areas of London.

St John’s Wood is the location of Lord’s Cricket Ground and for Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles recorded.

The Rolling Stones referenced St John’s Wood in their song Play With Fire. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones lived on Carlton Hill, at the northern edge of St John’s Wood, in the 1960s.

St John’s Wood station was opened on 20 November 1939 on a new section of deep-level tunnel constructed between Baker Street and Finchley Road when the Metropolitan Line’s services on its Stanmore branch were transferred to the Bakerloo Line. It was transferred along with the rest of the Stanmore branch to the Jubilee Line when it opened in 1979. With the opening of St John’s Wood station, two nearby stations on the Metropolitan Line were closed. These were Lord’s (which had originally been opened in 1868 as St John’s Wood Road) and Marlborough Road.

The station building is located on the corner of Acacia Road and Finchley Road. The station is the nearest one to Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios. For this reason Beatles memorabilia are sold at the station.

The platform design remains the same as when opened in 1939, and was designed by Harold Stabler.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Click here to see map view of nearby Creative Commons images
Click here to see Creative Commons images near to this postcode
Click here to see Creative Commons images tagged with this road (if applicable)
Swiss Cottage
TUM image id: 1455364693
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Meadowland with buttercups and daisies
TUM image id: 1483540144
Licence: CC BY 2.0
College Crescent
TUM image id: 1577554764
Licence:

In the neighbourhood...

Click an image below for a better view...
Swiss Cottage
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Aerial view of Goldhurst Open Space
Credit: Google Maps
Licence:


Tower block, Swiss Cottage On Winchester Road, taken from Fellows Road
Credit: David Howard
Licence: CC BY 2.0


College Crescent
Licence:


The Winchester, Winchester Road, Swiss Cottage (1962)
Credit: Brian Fowler
Licence: CC BY 2.0


Derived from a somewhat famous cover work by Iain Macmillan. Behind the art, the view is Abbey Road, NW8 looking north. The gates of the Abbey Road Studios are behind the white VW Beetle on the left.
Credit: Iain Macmillan
Licence:


This Edwardian view of Marlborough Road station gives a good idea of the general arrangement; the building was directly over the railway cutting. The thoroughfare Marlborough Road was renamed Marlborough Place in the 1930s but the station retained the old name until closure
Licence:


Alexandra Road, St John’s Wood (c. 1900) Most of Alexandra Road went under the bulldozer for the creation of the notable, eponymous 1970s housing estate.
Old London postcard
Licence:


Cochrane Street, St John’s Wood (1958) From the episode ’Radioactive’ of the TV series ’Dial 999’,
Credit: http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/
Licence: CC BY 2.0


St John’s Wood station is the only Underground station to have no letters in common with the word ’mackerel’
Credit: The Underground Map
Licence:


Print-friendly version of this page

  Contact us · Copyright policy · Privacy policy