Category Archives: Schools

North Kensington at War

Last summer our local history group did some research and a walk on the effects of WW2 bombing raids in North Kensington. Posted below is an excerpt from a history originally written by Carole Ann Burnett in 1997 for the … Continue reading

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The Science District of North Kensington

Dave Walker from RBK&C Local Studies recently put a posting on his excellent blog that he called The Science District of North Kensington. These were the streets, named after eminent Victorian scientists and engineers,  that used to run between Ladbroke … Continue reading

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Kensal Road and beyond before Trellick Tower, part 2

Two places where I deposited some of my pocket money – the Post Office and, to the left, Wardle’s sweet shop. When dad thought I was marginally less irresponsible, he started giving me pocket money. He was paid monthly and … Continue reading

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Memories of Schooldays in Lancaster Road – Part 2

Harvey recalls Solomon Wolfson Jewish Primary School. I attended the Solomon Wolfson Jewish Primary School in Lancaster Road, W11 from September 1951, aged 4 1/2 until July 1958 aged 11 1/2. There were two entrance gates to the school on … Continue reading

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Memories of Schooldays in Lancaster Road – Part 1

In September 2014 two new schools opened in North Kensington. Kensington Aldridge Academy is a secondary school in a brand new building on Silchester Road at the far western end of Lancaster Road. The second school to open was the … Continue reading

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Golborne before Trellick Tower, part 2. More memories of the 1950s and 1960s from Gwen Nelson

To say North Kensington in the 1950s and 60s was a rough area would be a gross understatement.  It was an out and out working class area and had been ever since it was turned from farmland to residential in … Continue reading

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St Quintin Park Cricket Ground – the north western edge of North Kensington

Above is a view of the St Marylebone Infirmary, now St Charles Hospital as seen from a cricket ground that is clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1894/5. This photocopy came to us years ago from the grandson … Continue reading

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North Kensington Central School, St Mark’s Road, W10

My mother Mary Horwood (born in 1911) attended Portobello Road School, which along with the other Board Schools in London provided education up to age fourteen. However at aged 11 she passed an exam that allowed her to move on … Continue reading

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Campden Institute

_ –> I attended school at the Campden Institute from 1955/56 until 1957/58. It was a small school situated in Lancaster Road next to the Ladbroke Grove Public Library. In 1895 the Campden Charities had bought the site with plans … Continue reading

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Coronation at Oxford Gardens, 1953

There was great excitement at Oxford Gardens School as we prepared for the Coronation. In my class it was decided that we should make a fabric panel to portray the most important people taking part in the ceremony. ” My … Continue reading

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