The Brent flows south westwards
Post to the north Tokyngton
Post to the west Alperton
Post to the east Harlesen Stonebridge
Indestructible Paint Co. Ltd. Cleopatra
Indestructible Paint Co. dates to about 1867 and were in Park Royal by the
1920s. It acquired Pilchers, who used the trade name Cleopatra – from a Royal
request to provide paint for Cleopatra’s Needle. The company was taken over by
other paint companies and eventually the trade name Indestructible was taken
over and a new company was set up in Birmingham, which is still trading.
Curtis Works. Curtis Automobile. The business was started in 1910 by two Curtis brothers
and called Curtis Arthur. In 1919 it was reformed as the Curtis Automobile Co.,
Ltd., based in Kensington, and under the directorship of Mr. T. H. Curtis, who,
in 1922, was joined in the management by Mr. Leonard Stewart, and in 1922 they
got the Lancia concession. They then moved to Park Riyal in 1924 with a test
track on site paid for by Lancia. They also were Curtis Duramin who developed a rust proofing method. They went out of
business in 1929
F. W. Berwick and Co. In 1912 ran motor
showrooms. With the Sizaire brothers he developed a racing car made in France.
After the Great War they opened a factory here but they were bankrupt in 1920
and they began to work with Austin. The factory closed in 1924.
D Link House. D-Link was set up as Datex
Solutions in 1986 in Taiwan. They provide
data link and networking technology.
Royal Vehicles. This firm, Britain's leading coachbuilder who made the
Routemaster, was situated on the east side of abbey road south of the canal and
north of the bend at Whitby Road, and partly east of the greyhound track. The
firm started in 1889. They produced many different types of vehicle. In the
Second World War they made wings and cowlings for Halifax bombers. In 1949 it
became part of Associated Commercial Vehicles and worked to the demanding
requirements of London Transport to produce the Routemaster, other major bus
fleets were built here. They closed in 1980.
Hall Lewis & Co. Coachbuilders and one
of the forerunner firms of Park Royal Vehicles
Iron Paving Works, Abbey Works. 1930s
production of non-skid surfaces
National Motor Horse Box. 1930s body work factory
Transfer Station. This handles 38,000 tonnes of household waste from Brent each
year. The waste is compacted and sent another waste transfer station. It is on
a former tip.
Gospel Hall. This was on the east side corner of Twyford Abbey Road in the
1920s and had gone by the mid-1930s.
Tudor works. H. Cleaver made wooden mantelpieces
here before the Great War
Tudor Estate with lots of small engineering works
Stonebridge Works. There in the 1930s- 1951.
The firm was Drake and Van de Bergh and made kapok down,
Twyford Abbey Sidings. From the London and
North West Railway Line. These had been put in to serve the Royal Showground
and were retained for the Heinz factory and some other works. Reduced in the
1950s and subsequently removed. There seems to have been a station here serving
the showground with trains coming from Euston via Willesden. It is said to have
opened in March 1903 and closed by the June of that year – but a station called
‘Royal showyard’ on the site is shown on a a-A=Z from the early 1950s
Abbey Point. European Glass Ltd.
Autocycle Works. The Cyc-Auto by Mr.
Wallington was the original autocycle. After
Philip Snowden's Budget of 1931, it became worthwhile to use a motorised
bicycle and this came out in 1934. The company later moved to a different site
at Park Royal
Standard Wood Works. With landing stage on the canal 1930s
Unimix House site of instrument works 1970s
Brick and lime works in the 1920s alongside
the railway line
Abbey Road Works. Making electric meters
Operating Company Ltd was founded by Harold Hemming AFC aerial survey and
amateur air racing pilot. In 1925 they took over Aerofilms Ltd, and acquired
contracts from Ordnance Survey. They
also set up a company in South Africa. In 1940, the staff and equipment of AOC
were requisitioned by the Air Ministry. Hemming became a wing commander and,
after bombing, the operation moved from here. They were later taken over by
Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd
18 The Redeemed Church of God
Northfields Industrial Estate. Opened to take advantage of the North Circular Road in 1934
Celotex wharf. Celotex used the canal
from 1937. They were an early tenant of the Estate. They had 500 yards of canal
bank with their Head Office next to the aqueduct and a frontage on the North
Circular Road. The Beresford Avenue frontage was lined with poplars to screen piles
of bagasse – the dry pulpy residue left after the the extraction of juice from
sugar cane. This wa the raw material for Celotex boarding which was made on site.
1-3 Trading Post. Prop House. Theatrical costumers and props, founded
in 1938. Previously this was Rizla House, makers of cigarette papers. Rizla are
a French company founded in the 1660, This Art Deco factory opened in 1936 but
from the mid-1960s the company moved to Wales.
Atlas Diesel Engineering Works. Made air
1 Binatone House. Binatone Electronics Ltd.
was founded in 1959 by, Gulu and Partap Lalvani, and named after their younger
sister. The company specialised in importing consumer electronics from the far
Safety Celluloid Co, were making celluloid acetate
before the Great War but out of business sin the 1920s.
308 Kolak Snack Foods. Founded 1985
Hoopers coachworks. Hoopers
were coachbuilders founded in 1805, with premises in Haymarket. 1n 1933 they
opened an Art Deco styled factory on Western Avenue where they worked for up
market car firms designing cars to meet customers' needs and using innovative
construction methods. In 1938 Hoopers took over Barkers, another 18th
coachbuilder now associated with Rolls Royce. They then built a factory at
Elveden Road for Barker coachwork, but only 9 were made before the Second World
War. This factory continued after the war building Daimler Barker Special
Twyford Laboratories. Research Division
associated with the Guinness Brewery
Grand Union Canal
The Grand Junction Canal was built under an
Act of 1793 and runs from Braunston to London. An Act of 1795 authorised a branch from
Bull’s Bridge to a basin at Paddington – which was built in 1801. It eventually
became part of the Grand Union.
North Circular Canal Bridge. An aqueduct
carried the road over the bridge which was completed in 1933 of reinforced
concrete with the Arms of Middlesex on the bridge. It had to be built without
disturbing the canal traffic. The design was by Alfred Dryland, Middlesex
County Engineer and W.Casson, Resident Engineer. In 1939 rebels of the Irish
Republican Army attempted to wreck the canal bridge, but the bomb which they
hurled at it failed to cause any serious damage.
New Aqueduct. In the 1990s the North Circular was turned into dual
three lane carriageways and a new aqueduct had to be built. This was built
alongside the canal and moved into position over Easter 1993. Engineers were
Mott MacDonald using Balfour Beatty for the Department of Transport.
Aqueduct over Brent River. Smaller than the North Circular one.
Houses built for Guinness workers in 1933
Housing by Charles Hepworth for Guinness
North Circular Road
The North Circular here is essentially two
roads, the original road with the upgraded three lane motorway standard road
running parallel to it.
Ace Café. Motoring memorabilia
and vintage vehicles. The Ace Cafe has black and white colours simulating a
racetrack and many bikers meet here. The cafe also has a wider customer base,
including local workers, seniors in touch with their biking youth, and
Originally the village of Twyford Park Royal
Industrial Estate –was named for the Royal Agricultural Show held here 1903-5.
Between 1914 and 1918 the government used the site for munitions factories. This
led Park Royal into becoming a major industrial estate
Mabie, Todd and Co. Swan
Pen works. The firm’s involvement in gold nib and pencil manufacture dated to the 1840s in New
York. A London office was opened in 1884 and began manufacture of Swan pens by
1914. The largest fountain pen manufacturer in the world they became a casualty
of the ball point.
Twyford Abbey Road
West Twyford Primary School
Canal Cottage a British Waterways canal side cottage. It was built
around 1830 and is now a listed building and thought to be a lengthman's
100 Waterlow and Sons. Site where Radio
Times was printed
Abbey Point cafe
Lee Lighting was a large studio complex
owned by InterTel (VYL) Services Ltd. they owned one of the first independent
video facilities in Europe and were used by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.
Canal walks leaflet
Civil Engineering Heritage. London
and the Thames Valley
Field. London place names,
Firth, GLIAS walk notes
Grace’s Guide. Web site
London Night & Day,
London Borough of Brent. Web site
London’s Industrial Archaeology
Middlesex County Council. History
Papers from University of Middlesex
Pevsner and Cherry. North West London
Thames Basin Archaeological Group Report
Walford. Village London