The Brent flows south and west and enters
the Brent Reservoir/Welsh Harp.
Post to the east Brent Cross
Brent View Road
Built by Mr. Bishop in 1881
Hendon Islamic Centre. This was the
Alexandra Works, used as a warehouse until 1995 and previously electrical engineers.
It had previously been Hendon Alexandra Working Mens Club. It has also been said that it was King’s Hall,
which became the Bioscope Cinema.
Cool Oak Lane
8 Normal Propeller Co. 1930s
Coles Green Road
Staples Corner Business Park
Watling Street. This is the Roman Road to
St. Albans and the north, but ‘Watling’ is a Saxon word. From 1711 it was part
of the Edgware-Kilburn Turnpike Trust, who improved it.
Brent Bridge. Called The Harp Bridge in the early
19th because of its nearness to the pub. It was rebuilt when the
reservoir was built but the river is now culverted under the road. The
reservoir was once considerably wider under the road and the bridge rebuilding
would have been to cover this.
Welsh Harp Pub. It is said that it was used by drovers bringing animals
from Wales. It was known as the Old
Welsh Harp after the Upper Welsh Harp was built further north.
A music hall song praised its attractions as a leisure venue after the
reservoir was built and the landlord owned the fishing rights. He also ran a race track until stopped by Parliament and the
first cycle race was held here in 1868. It is said the first greyhound racing
using mechanical hares was put on here inn 1876. There were said to be 'nasty
incidents' among visitors to events and crime and violence were not
uncommon. In another incident a bear
escaped from a menagerie. The pub was rebuilt in 1937
‘on up to date lines’ and was an Ind Coope house, but it was demolished for the
Staples Corner flyover.
Station. Opened in 1870 by the Midland
Railway and constructed by J.E. Hall. It
was only 600 yards south of Hendon Station and was built for leisure traffic
going to the reservoir. It was on the north side of the road on a small slip
road – it is said some cobbles on this old entrance road remain. The line was
widened in 1890 and the station was rebuilt. It closed as trade declined in 1903. The
station building remained there until the 1970s.
Big shed shops and trading units
Cineworld Cinema. This was planned by
Cineplex-Odeon and opened as the Cannon Staples Corner in 1991. It was taken
over by Virgin Cinemas in 1995, and later by Union General Cinematographique.
plans since the 1920s for a motorway network but enabling legislation was not
in place until 1949. The M1 was Britain's first full-length motorway and opened
in 1959 with the section between Luton and Rugby. The final section was opened
in 1977 to Staples Corner which was called Junction 1 It meets the North
Circular at a junction where roads exist at different heights with a
roundabout. It had been planned for it continue to Hampstead to meet the
proposed London Motorway Box and the layout of the Staples Corner junction was
built to allow for this, but the plan was cancelled in the early 1970s.
North Circular Road
This section of the North Circular appears
to cover an area which was once an extension of the Brent Reservoir –
essentially a widening of the River Brent.
Staples Corner. The interchange has two linked
roundabouts and flyovers, which connect the North Circular with the A5 and the
bottom end of the M1. Between the two roundabouts is the Midland Main Railway
Line also carrying the Thameslink line. The interchange appears to have been designed
to carry the M1 further south – with the stub now used to carry traffic from
the North Circular.
Corner Flyover. This was built in 1976, and runs for half-mile-long as an elevated
road of prestressed concrete with transverse beams in the deck.
This factory was designed by Ambrose Heal who had acquired the UK patent rights
for a system of internally sprung mattresses from a US inventor, called John
Atkinson. The factory was eventually taken over by Myers beds and in 1986 moved
away. The factory was taken by B&Q
and is now a stationery warehouse, also called Staples
1000 Kemp Empress Biscuit Works designed and
built by Wallis Gilbert in 1930. George Kemp himself lived at Copped Hall in
nearby Totteridge from where he gave money to the Agepomonites. Kemp’s had
other factories, including at Grimsby and Manchester and had been in
partnership with Scribbans, as Scribbans Kemp, since the 1920s and in 1972 became
part of United Biscuits. The building was requisitioned in the Second World War
and used for engine assembly by De Havilland. In 1966 the building was taken
over by National Cash Registers.
This was Upper Gutters Hedge Lane leading to
Guttersedge Farm– now the site of schools.
Park Road Youth Community Centre
Parkfield Children’s Centre
Midland Railway main line. This runs through
the area of Brent Sidings parallel to the A5. The line between Brent and
Elstree was planned in the early 1860s and contracted to Waring Bros. The work
was halted in 1866 following heavy rain and loss of the workforce. The contract
was then undertaken by Joseph Firbank and the first goods train ran 1867. This was a through line and not designed for
Brent Viaduct in nineteen-arches
across the Brent at Staples Corner.
Built in 1867 to go over an arm of the Brent Reservoir and widened c.
1895. No longer impressive, as the reservoir
and its valley has been partly filled in and the whole area altered for the
junction of the North Circular Road and the M1. It is 30 feet high
and originally carried four rail tracks. Two tracks were added on each side in
the early 1890s so there is a different style on each side of the viaduct and
features can be seen showing where the extension was built.
Brent sidings – the extensive rail sidings
south of what was Brent Bridge were built by the Midland Railway and used
largely for coal traffic.
Midland Railway Gas Works. Gas Works built
by the Midland Railway in 1876 to supply its local railway stations The G.L.
& C. Co. tried to purchase this works in 1877. It had had annual output of 80 million cubic
feet of gas. The works had its own
sidings from the main line and had two holders on the west side of the works. It
was closed down in 1928
St David’s Place
School is the site of Brent Hill Farm.
Previously Gutters Hedge Farm home of Pettit Smith, inventor of the screw
propeller. Also at the farm was the Normal Gunpowder Co. making shot gun
Parkfield Primary School. This was the site of St David’s County
Secondary School for Boys which became part of Hendon School and moved from here
in 1978. The school had been built here in 1964 and was itself the merger of
other secondary schools one of which was Brent Secondary Modern School in
Sturgess Avenue. The new school was to be called the Grahame-White School but
White's family did not give permission for this and instead it was called
St.David’s. The Brent School building
was subsequently demolished, but the St David’s school buildings became
Parkfield Primary and Nursery School and new buildings have now been added, and
older ones replaced.
Philex House, art deco building
Raw Spice. Asian restaurant which was
previously the Upper Welsh Harp pub. This was built in 1865 at the junction of
Cool Oak Lane and Edgware Road. It was a Beskins of Watford house
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