Kilburn Station

 Post to the north Cricklewood

The North London Line
The north London line from West Hampstead Station turns south westwards

Arial Road,
Hebrew word for water spirit, built by British Land Company 1879

Barlow Road
Built on the site of the Midland Railway’s West End Sidings – a marshalling yard and goods distribution centre. William Barlow was the Midland Railway’s engineer who built much of St.Pancras Station.
Lauriston Lodge, sheltered housing

Brassey Road
Built on the site of the Midland Railway’s West End Sidings – a marshalling yard and goods distribution centre. Thomas Brassey was the civil engineer and contractor for the Midland Railway London extension into St Pancras in 1860 and was responsible for 1 in 3 miles of all railway track that was laid during his lifetime.
Sidings Community Centre. Opened in 1983 and named for the Wrest End Sidings and it stands on a small part of the siding site.

Brondesbury Park

Brondesbury College. This is an Independent (private fee paying) Secondary School for boys. It has a traditional English curriculum with selected Islamic subjects. The main building was originally a house and was used to set up Islamia Primary School as a kindergarden in 1983. This then relocated and the College opened here in 1996.
Mission House. The house was originally called Restormel. In the early 1900s this was the home of Solomon Barnett, a Polish born lead and glass merchant, who became a local developer and political activist. It was later renamed The Mission House and belonged to Revd Dr Herbert Vaughan and was the Headquarters of the Catholic Missionary Society. It had a large entrance hall and an oak staircase plus a large conservatory at the back. It was lent it to the War Office in the Great War and became the Brondesbury Park Military Hospital 1915 – 1919. The garden was over 2 acres with tennis, croquet and a kitchen garden.  A Recreation Hut was built with sofas, billiards and bagatelle. It has a stage for performances.  There was a Hospital's magazine ‘With the Wounded’. In 1917 took over neighbouring - Beversbrook to make a total of 120 beds. The hospital closed in 1919 and the house has since been demolished long ago, but gate posts and boundary wall remain. The site is part of what was Avenue Primary School grounds 
Stormont House home of WJ.G.Kingston, writer.`
St.Monica’s Home hospital

Brondesbury Road
John Barker Court
St Hildas close
Brondesbury possible hill fort next to Watling Street

Christchurch Avenue
Malorees School.  Malorees Primary – Junior School and Infant School. , Opened in 1953 as a council school to cope with ‘the bulge’. 
Lady Adelaide  Home. This was one of several institutions belonging to the Community of the Sisters of the Church which began as the Church Extension Association, a missionary society begun in 1863 by Miss Emily Ayckbowm.  Much of their work had been in the parish of  St. Augustine, Kilburn.  The Lady Adelaide Home for Boys was built and presented to the Community by the Rev. Henry Law, in memory of his wife as a home for destitute boys.
Beversbrook. This was a big house on the corner with Brondesbury Park. In the Great War it was lent to the War Office by its owner, Mr Stanley Gibbs, and became an annexe to hospital in The Mission House across the road. It has 4 acres of grounds, could provide 50 beds and opened in July 1917.  The site is now Moatfield, block of flats

Cavendish Road
Houses – alleged that the houses were built with mud mixed into the mortar.
Brondesbury Station  1860.  Between West Hampstead and Brondesbury Park on Silverlink North London Line. Hampstead Junction Railway line from old Oak Common to Camden Road. Originally ‘Edgeware Road Station’ on NLR line from Hampstead to Willesden  1873 ‘Brondesbury’ station. Rebuilt by London North West Railway booking office left. 
Footpath gone to West Hampstead Station

Christchurch Avenue
Burstin girder bridge,
Rosedene, flats on the sire of a house with the same name
Malorees School.  Built for bulge in the late 1950s
Metropolitan Railway bridge. This was built in 1914 – the date is shown on the bridge - and carries the Metropolitan and Jubilee line tracks over the A5.   It still carries Metropolitan Railway insignia and signage.
Murals – under the railway bridge and relates to the building of the railway.
The Bijou Cinema in the film the Smallest Show on Earth was constructed as a set between the two railways bridges
Railway Bridge carrying the Chiltern Line from St, Marylebone

Coventry Close
Coal offices

Dyne Road
Town Hall

Fordwych Road
St. Cuthbert. The parish was formed in 1888 and met in an iron church originally founded by Holy Trinity, Finchley Road which had been replaced in 1882 by a brick mission church designed by W. C. Street. A church was later built at right angles to the mission church in red brick style by Street in 1886. The mission church became the church hall but was demolished in 1902 by the Midland Railway who rebuilt it nearer to the church in 1903. In 1979 it was to sell the site of the church for housing. A new church was built in 1987-8 by Jeremy A. Allen. As a low, polygonal brick building set back. In front of the church is a bell of 1906 from Street's church whose site is occupied by a block of flats

Garlinge Road

Chevington Estate. Housing project built by the London Borough of Camden when Sydney Cook was borough architect 1965-73.

Iverson Road
Heysham Cottages site of West End House. Home of Beckford, let to railway contractors, then as railway workers flats, and stationmaster
From West End Lane to Maygrove Road built by Midland Railway
West Hampstead Station built as West End Station, Midland Railway, sidings, station on site of cobbled road from Iverson Road
9-11 Brondesbury Christian Centre. This was built in 1989 to replace the Baptist church on the corner with Shoot Up Hill and on the site of the church Sunday School and hall.  Brondesbury hall dated from 1884 and used as a mission chord and Sunday School.
Railway Bridge

Kilburn High Road.

The Kilburn went under it at what was Bridge Street and flowed along site of St. Augustine's schools and down Kilburn park road.
1 Queen's Arms
Kilburn stream ran parallel crossing Quex Road and then West End Lane
3/85 Bridges
Kilburn Grange Cinema site of the Grange with public park behind
8 Kilburn Bookshop
St.Andrew's church, clergy House etc
118 W.H.Smith
125 127 first M&S, in Willesden 1906, next to Cock, Penny Bazaar
165 Cooper's Arms
Emerald Agency - for Irish employmentThis is the A5, a Roman Road and still a major road out of London north. It is a section of the ancient Watling Street and the western boundary of the London borough of Camden.

Brondesbury Baptist Church,., was built on site given by Jas. Harvey and opened in 1878 on the Corner with Iverson Road. It was an ornate building by W. A. Dixon with a church hall. It closed in 1980, demolished and was replaced by flats.
375 North London Tavern Pub
The Envoy Cinema opened in 1937 as a news and cartoon cinema decorated in an Art Deco style.  The Entrance was via a long corridor along the side of the auditorium and patrons entered from the rear with the screen behind the front facade. Seating was on one level only.  It was taken over by the Classic Repertory Cinemas chain and re-named Classic Cinema from 1955. It closed in 1984. The building lay empty and derelict but the site is now housing. The premier of the first West Indian made film was shown here.
Kilburn Station.  Opened in 1879 by the Metropolitan Railway it now lies between Willesden Green and West Hampstead on the Jubilee Line.  It was first called as ‘Kilburn and Brondesbury’ as part of the Metropolitan and St. John's Wood Railway. In 1939 it became part of the Bakerloo Line and at which time the station was extensively rebuilt and in 1950 name was changed to ‘Kilburn’.  In 1979 it became art of the Jubilee Line and in 2005, underwent major refurbishing which involved the station being repainted, receiving a new CCTV system, better lighting, new toilets, and new train indicator boards

Kingscroft Street
In 1911 work began on this road on the site of Shoot Up Hill Farm and the Elms; 7 houses were built there before 1914

Linstead Street
Kilburn Grange Children’s Centre.  Fantastic range of children’s spaces.  Outdoor play areas, etc. Meadowcroft Griffin 2006.789

Loveridge Road
Built by British Land Company 1879

Maygrove Road
The Kilburn stream is said to have run between this and Iverson Road. The road was built up mainly by the British Land Company from 1879.  
Maygrove Peace Park is situated on the site of part of je former West End railway sidings. In 1983, Camden Council agreed to designate Maygrove a peace park as a reminder of the council’s commitment to peace.  The opening of the park was on the 39th Nagasaki Day and a telegram from the Mayor of Nagasaki, Hitoshi Motoshima, said "We hope your Peace Park will be remembered long as a symbol of Peace”’. There are various works of art relevant to peace in the park -The Peace Crane by Hamish Black represents the Japanese origami peace crane made by children all over the world. On the plinth a plaque tells the story of the little girl called Sadako and the origin of the crane as the Japanese symbol of peace. along Peace Walk are 7 stones inscribed with messages of peace, one of which is from the Mayor of Hiroshima, Takeshi Araki  “We the citizens of Hiroshima ever mindful of the cruel experience clearly foresee the extinction of mankind and an end to civilisation should the world drift into nuclear war. Therefore we have vowed to set aside our griefs and grudges and continuously pleaded before the peoples of the world to abolish weapons and renounce war so that we may never again repeat the tragedy of Hiroshima” - Antony Gormley’s “untitled (listening)” statue, with a granite block symbolising “part of the old deep history of the planet… sculpted by time – a cherry tree marking the cherry tree which continued to bloom throughout the holocaust of Hiroshima.
128 Done Our Bit Club. A private club for veterans, working men and ex-army men. There is a lounge and a bar.
67 Maygrove House offices and other uses in refurbished building
65 conversion to flats of site used by Dexion, metal shelving and construction specialists as their west London headquarters
59 Garage Maygrove Motors
Mission Hall
Railway Bridge

Maida Vale
Manor House Drive
Moated manor . first described in 1538.  in 1788 sold to Lady Elizabeth Salusbury by which time it was a three storey villa. The grounds had been landscaped by Repton. Occupiers included Sir Coutts Trotter and Charles Hambro. 1856 the lease was sold to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Original entrance was in Willesden Lane but it was cut off by new road in 1901.  From 1882 it was a school and was bought by local builder C.W.B.Simmonds in 1934 and demolished/

Mapesbury Road
Mapesbury Road Preserves the name of the old manor of ‘Mapesberi’ c.1250, ‘Mapesbury’ 1254, ‘Mapesbery’ 1322, that is 'manor of a man called Map', from Middle English ‘bury’. Walter Map, a prebendary of St Paul's, is mentioned c.1180 in connection with Willesden. Mapesbury House is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1876-7, earlier shown as simply ‘Mopes’ on the map of 1822. Ecclesiatical commissioners replaced St.Pauls in 1840 and sold off the majority of the freeholds privately in the 1950s.
Mapesbury Estate. Typical Victorian estate  on the site of Mapes House. s

Maygrove/Iverson Road
Kilburn stream ran between these

Maygrove Road
Built by British Land Company 1879

Netherwood Street
Netherwood Day Centre. This was set up for dementia sufferers and was opened in 1988 by Jonathan Miller whose mother, the writer Betty Miller, suffered early onset Alzheimer’s. 

Quex Road

The Midland Railway which connects West Hampstead Thames link station to St Pancras and Europe through the Eurostar International line. The first train to use this line left St Pancras en route to Manchester at in 1868.

Shoot Up Hill
250' above OD.  6m. galls water 1890.  Grand Junction Co.
windmill burnt down in 1860. 
Telephone House
Kilburn Station.  24th November 1879 Between Willesden Green and West Hampstead on the Jubilee Line. Metropolitan Railway.  Opened as ‘Kilburn and Brondesbury’. 1950 name changed to’Kilburn’.  1939 became Bakerloo Line. 1979 became Jubilee Line

The Avenue
Primary School.. The site was a demonstration kindergarten for the Maria Grey College – the teacher training institution which had a main site slightly to the south of here until the 1940s although the school remained here. From 1970 it housed the Manor Primary school for educationally sub-moved to this site in 1970 from Kingsbury. It subsequently became The Avenue Primary School. This closed in 2007 and it has since housed a relocated school from Swiss Cottage.

Willesden Lane
Christ Church. This was a first daughter church of St.Mary, Willesden. It was consecrated in 1866. It was combined with the Parish of St Laurence in the early 1970s and in the 1980s, most of the of the church was converted into flats. The church now meets in what were the transept, choir and sanctuary.
163 Trojan Court Flats.  The site was that of Vernon House.  IN 1960s this was Willesden Education Department and then a special school.
180 North West London Jewish Primary School. This originally opened in 1945 in Hampstead and moved here in 1958.


Was a village called Wilsdon
Brondesbury House home of Lady Salisbury and then Coutts Trotter

Willesden Green

Willesden Lane
Christ Church. As the population grew this was the first daughter church of St.Mary. the site was chosen by Dr.Charles Williams and it was consecratednon 21 November 1866.
Vernon House.  1960s this was Willesden Education Department and then a special school.
Mapesbury Hall built in the grounds of Mapesbury House as the Christ Church Parish Hall.  Taken over by Willesden Council in 1959 and renamed Majestic Rooms. Since in private ownership.

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Jim Neary said…
I notice that you have not posted for a good while. If you’ve decided to stop I would like to thank you for what you have accomplished _ it’s invaluable and a great resource for the historian or ,like me ,the nostalgic. I trust you are well and hope that illness is not the reason for the cessation of your efforts.
Regards and many thanks,
Jim Neary

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