Next I was off on a memory lane journey … but the brain intervened so a little more history is added in …
|Portobello Lane - c 1900|
… and have noted that it is the final day of the virtual 2020 Notting Hill Festival … good timing?! Well other things happened so here we are a day later ...
Also just to muddle me and you … I see the route of the Notting Hill Carnival now passes along ‘my street’ - when it's not virtual!
|Arundel Gardens - I lived in a flat in about the middle|
of the left terrace ... these trees are 'new' ...
comparing the picture below the trees were probably
put in for the Millennium
I remember it well … as I’ve just wilted here in 2020!
|Depiction of the Hyde Park toll - further west ...|
the area was distinctly in the hands of the highwayman
Mid 1700s – the Notting Hill turnpike toll-gate was established on the main Oxford to London road at the junction with Portobello Lane …
… a lane running north from the gravel pits of Kensington to the open country and manorial lands granted in the 11th century … it was through wooded pasture dotted with farming settlements …
… I saw this description on the speculative development of the Ladbroke Estate for most of the 1800s:
“it was like the Wild West, a tangled web of capitalism with developers going bankrupt, buying land off each other … swapping land parcels etc …”
|Depiction of The Great Exhibition|
opened by Queen Victoria in 1851
|The Crystal Palace being opened|
by Queen Victoria in 1851
|Notting Hill Hippodrome - the|
area where the horses would be
stabled and looked after -
often in filthy conditons ...
The eastern part (Portobello side) was developed, but the western part was really run down into the 1900s …
|Portobello Lane to the right (east) of|
the Hippodrome - 1841 - showing
no development at all ... within one hundred
years it was completely urbanised
The race course failed … the heavy clay soil proved unsuitable for racing … but speculative land development was there for the taking, or losing, and retaking … as the needs of the local population dictated.
|Booklet I've kept - a Brief Survey of the|
origin, development administration of our
communal Garden within the Ladbroke Estate
|You can just see he three bedroom|
windows at the very top - that's
where I lived.
Here’s her quote – pertinent to the times – twenty + years later when I arrived it had been upgraded into the 20th century – I’m glad to say!
“It was slummy, full of studenty types like me. I never went in the garden, but I loved the big plane tree I could see from my window. Inside the house was dark with dirty paintwork. I don’t remember a bathroom. My room had a gas ring and a basin. I wasn’t there much. The landlady insisted on opening the front door to make sure no unauthorised men were getting in”.
|What I would describe as a 'card-house' more recently built|
on the top of some flats in Eastbourne - not Notting Hill
I spent four years there… one of which 1976: was as stinking hot as it has been recently … I was working three jobs … and playing squash – just assumed it would rain sometime and cool off … it didn’t and as far as I was concerned it was six months without any rain. I went to Wimbledon one evening– sat in the sun I remember … and wilted …
|This shows all the development that took place|
in that 130 years from 1840 to as here in 1972: an
established series of roads, properties, gardens -
the hippodrome extends further west (left)
When I left there … I went off to South Africa … and had never explored the western parts of the Hippodrome area … it hadn’t been on my radar …
Interestingly further to the west the area now looked in better condition – the ups and downs of urban life …
|The original Paddington Bear -|
with a green hat (1972)
|Looking eastwards - with my flat|
this time on the right; this photo taken
in 2010 - shows the young trees
Next we go west to look at piggeries, potteries, dovecotes and the Hippodrome …
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