Middle Field, NW8

Road in/near St John’s Wood

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Road · St John’s Wood · NW8 ·
July
21
2017

Middle Field is part of a development just to the east of the Finchley Road.





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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.

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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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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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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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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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Central School of Speech and Drama The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama was founded in 1906 to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students.
Westbourne Pond Westbourne Pond is marked on the 1830 Greenwood map as the source of the Westbourne River.
Winchester Hotel Winchester Hotel was situated at 21a Winchester Road, NW3

NEARBY STREETS
Alexandra Road, NW8 Alexandra Road was built after the marriage of the Prince of Wales.
Avenue Road, NW3 Avenue Road dates from 1829.
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.
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
Briary Close, NW3 Briary Close is a street in Hampstead.
Coleridge Gardens, NW8 Street/road in London NW6
Court Close, NW8 Court Close is a location in London.
Dobson Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Dorman Way, NW8 Dorman Way is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Elsworthy Road, NW3 Elsworthy Road is a street in Hampstead.
Fairfax Place, NW6 Fairfax Place has undergone name changes - at first Victoria Mews and then Fairfax Mews.
Fairfax Road, NW6 Fairfax Road runs south from the Finchley Road to Belsize Road.
Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 Fairhazel Gardens runs from Broadhurst Gardens to Goldhurst Terrace.
Fellow Road, NW3 Fellow Road is a location in London.
Fellowes Road, NW3 Fellowes Road is a location in London.
Finchley Road, NW8 Finchley Road was built in 1829 (as ’Finchley New Road’) to provide a new route to horse-drawn traffic from London to the north.
Goldhurst Terrace, NW6 Goldhurst Terrace was laid out in the late 1870s.
Greencroft Gardens, NW6 Greencroft Gardens dates from 1884-5.
Harben Road, NW6 Harben Road was first known as Albion Road.
Harley Road, NW3 Harley Road is a street in Hampstead.
Hawtrey Road, NW3 Hawtrey Road is a street in Hampstead.
Hilgrove Road, NW6 Hilgrove Road was previously the western section of Adelaide Road, called Adelaide Road North.
Hornby Close, NW3 Hornby Close is a street in Hampstead.
Huson Close, NW3 Huson Close is a street in Hampstead.
Jade Terrace, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Kings College Road, NW3 Kings College Road is a location in London.
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.
Marston Close, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Mora Burnett House, NW3 Mora Burnett House is a location in London.
Norfolk Road, NW8 Norfolk Road is a road in the NW8 postcode area
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.
Radlett Place, NW8 Radlett Place was formerly called Regent Villa Mews.
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.
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. Johns Wood Park, NW8 St. Johns Wood Park is a location in London.
Swiss Cottage Centre, NW3 Swiss Cottage Centre is a location in London.
Swiss Terrace, NW3 Swiss Terrace connects Belsize Road with the Swiss Cottage junction.
The Marlowes, NW8 The Marlowes is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Wadham Gardens, NW3 Wadham Gardens is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Winchester Road, NW3 Winchester Road is named after the first Provost of Eton, William Waynflete Bishop of Winchester.
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.
Winchester Hotel Winchester Hotel was situated at 21a Winchester Road, NW3
Ye Olde Swiss Cottage 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
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Swiss Cottage
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Meadowland with buttercups and daisies
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Belsize Avenue in Belsize Park
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Frognal, NW3
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College Crescent
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In the neighbourhood...

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Swiss Cottage
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The oldest parts of the Barrow Hill Estate in St John’s Wood date from 1937
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Aerial view of Goldhurst Open Space
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St. Mary’s Town & Country School logo as a woven badge
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St Johns Court (built 1938)
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Tower block, Swiss Cottage On Winchester Road, taken from Fellows Road
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College Crescent
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The Winchester, Winchester Road, Swiss Cottage (1962)
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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
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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.
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