Tag Archives: 1960s


Prologue: In June I curated and led a walk around W.10 and W.11 focusing on this topic. I was conscious that the establishments we covered by no means constituted a comprehensive list so I am posting my working notes from … Continue reading

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The Mews of North Kensington – Dave Hucker

Mewed is a French word describing a building where Falcons were Mewed, or left to shed their plumage. The first use in London was for the Royal Mews which were round about where the National Gallery is on Trafalgar Square. … Continue reading

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Maxilla Gardens

In recent years Maxilla Walk (previously Maxilla Gardens) has been familiar to the local community as a small patch of green that hugs the motorway. For many years it was used annually for the much loved Westway fireworks display (sadly … Continue reading

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All change for the houses on the St Quintin Estate

This gallery contains 37 photos.

For those of us who have lived for many years in the Edwardian terraces of the St Quintin Estate in North Kensington i.e. Wallingford Avenue, Kelfield and Oxford Gardens, Kingsbridge, Balliol, Finstock and Highlever Roads, we may be the last … 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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Early history. Florence Gladstone wrote the following in her excellent ‘Notting Hill in Bygone Days’ (originally published in 1924). Until the beginning of the present century there was a great stretch of Common between St Helen’s Gardens and Latimer Road. … Continue reading

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