Category Archives: Before the Westway

The area of North Kensington that was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the motorway.

Latymer Mission, Blechynden Street.

A small folder of images of The Latymer Mission has been passed on to me so I will take the opportunity to share them. I have also included photos that came originally from Rose Vinten and Charles Buckle and from … Continue reading

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Kensal Road before Trellick Tower

I lived in Kensal Road from when I was born in 1953 until 1966, for two years at number 87 and eleven years at number 89, so it might seem like a world class act of procrastination that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Fowell Street

There has been a trail of comments on the blog (see posts on Coronation Day Street Parties and 1966 and all that- the Demolition of Walmer Road) regarding a chapel on Fowell St. Researching recently for photographs of Lancaster Road … Continue reading

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Walmer Road – the day Hollywood star Bette Davis set foot on the streets of North Kensington – more recollections from John.

At our weekly local history group in 2012, we were focusing on the area demolished for the building of Westway, in particular the section between Bramley Road and Latimer Road. John who grew up on Walmer Road asked if any … Continue reading

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Coronation Day in North Kensington – street parties.

The following photographs recall the local street parties enjoyed by families celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953. Included at the end are some from an earlier date that are from 1945 Victory parties,  as we have found that sometimes there … Continue reading

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Saved From the Motorway

In the late sixties a motorway was planned as an extension to the A40, London to Oxford Road. The plan was that it would be a three-lane elevated road beginning at White City and cutting a swathe through North Kensington … Continue reading

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1966 and all that -the Demolition of Walmer Road

1966 and all that – The Demolition of Walmer Road Foreword The West Cross Route was first mooted in the 1950s as part of a projected vital major arterial road into central London from the west. The main artery was … Continue reading

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