Showing posts from March, 2017

Albany Park

Post to the north Blendon Post to the east North Cray Post to the south Foots Cray Albany Park Albany Park is a name purely made up by the developers of the area who used the land from two farms - Tanyard and Hurst Farms -  to build this area up. New Ideal Homesteads were the busiest housing developers – volume builders - in London in the 1930s. They had been founded in 1929 by Leo Meyer, who had been a surveyor for Erith Urban District Council..  They built large estates at low prices and this is not an upmarket suburb, Building here was at double the density recommended by the local council and the advertised pretty countryside disappeared under it.. Bexley Lane Cleeve Park School. This was formed in 1986 by merging  Parklands School for Boys and Sidcup School for Girls. The new school moved to the site of Parklands School which dates from the 1950s. The building has been extended over the years with a new wing added in 1990 and a further section in 1995.  In 2012 the schoo


Post to the west Addlestone Alexandra Road Perfect Detail – family firm established in the 1950s for Car Detailing Products. Bridge over the Bourne Bois Hall Road This is part of the Bois Hall Estate Bois Hall . This ‘big’ house appears to have been built in the 1880s or early 1890s. It had ten bedrooms, and an associated small farm. It appears to have been demolished around 1936 and the current estate of houses built on the site. Bourneside Road This road runs from near the Bourne to the banks of the Mill Pond and eventually to Coxes Lock Mill (which is in the square to the east) Brighton Road A318. A short stretch of main road running parallel to the M25 Duke’s Head Pub. This was built at the new crossroads at what is now Station Road and Brighton Road after enclosure of Chertsey Beomonds manor. It was built in 1815 by John Drewett, Inn keeper of Chertsey and named for the Duke of York – the first licensee had been a groom to Frederick, Duke of York.  It included a

Addington Interchange

Post to the north Addington Post to the west Addington Palace Addington Village Road War Memorial.   This is at the junction with Lodge Lane and is a square base surmounted tapering plinth, shaft and silver grey granite cross crusader’s sword on the face of the cross. The inscription says: Lest we forget. In memory of the men from Addington who fought in the Great War 1914 – 1918.  117 served: the 22 names are here recorded gave their lives for King and Country. It was unveiled in 1922. In  1990 the Memorial was moved a short distance to enable road widening Addington Village Police Station . Dunley Drive Scout Hut Church of the Good Shepherd. Roman Catholic. In 1945 Father Howley began he started celebrating Mass at the back of the New Addington Community Centre.  In 1950 he arranged for a Mission led by the Redemptorist Father Eugene. By 1955 Mass was said in a school hall. Father Nevin and the parishioners helped to build the church, and the first Mass was on Christmas

Acton Town - Gunnersbury Park

Post to the south Gunnersbury Avenue Crescent Part of estate laid out by William Willatt in the 1880s. 11 Blue plaque to 19th lawyer, Richard White, co-founder of the Law Society, and creator of the Mill Hill Park estate. The house is the east wing of White’s Mill Hill House. Mill Hill or Acton Hill House. Richard White bought part of the Lethieullier estate in 1809 and built Mill Hill House. His widow in 1859 sold the estate to the British Land Co, for building. The house remained as a private home until 1885.  Most of the house was pulled down, but the east wing remains Avenue Gardens Part of estate laid out by William Willatt in the 1880s said to be “Too near the piggeries for much success”. Bronze Age crematorium.   This was found in 1883 while excavation work was done for the foundations of houses. Cinerary urns are now in the British Museum. Later there were finds of Roman material. Bollo Bridge Road South Acton Methodist Chapel. This was the United Methodist Free

Acton Main Line, North Acton

Post to the south Acton Central Post to the east Old Oak Common Lane Acorn Gardens Built by Acton District Council in 1932 on what was known as the Friars Estate. ACOrn was the name of the Acton Telephone Exchange Allison Road Laid out by the Birkbeck Land Society Rear entrance to property in Emmanuel Road with urns and lions Canada Crescent Built by Acton District Council in 1932 Cloister Road Cloister Road Clinic. This was built in 1935 and was later the Gunnersbury Day Hospital, a mental health facility. It was replaced by the Cloister Road Surgery which was built in 2006 and designed for Ealing Primary Care Trust by Penoyre & Prasad LL. Cotton Avenue The present housing on the site appears to be relatively recent and to replace a depot on part of the site.  A previous version of Cotton Avenue ran from Western Avenue (originally Friars Place Lane) and to continue parallel to the railway. Along this road and one side road were a number of small isolated units –

Acton Central

Post to the north Acton Main Line, North Acton Acacia Road Acacia Club tennis courts. This was present on the north side of the road until the 1950s. There is now housing on the site – more modern than the rest of the road. Acton Park Acton Park.   This was created in 1888. In the middle ages this had partly been a common field, Church Field. In 1886-88 land was purchased by Acton Local Board from various owners, including the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, a market garden, and the Perryn Charity but mainly from the Goldsmiths' Company.  Lane in the south of the park had been used in part for brick-earth extraction in the 1870s and the ground remains uneven. It was opened to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The northern boundary changed in the Second World War and became allotments and in 1945 prefabs were built here. A bank along the northern edge was removed when these prefabs were removed. At the same time an entrance was created as a result of a fly