The History of W9W2

The W9W2 area’s close proximity to the West End means that whether as the original farm land owned by the Church and supplying food for the growing city; or as the route for transport links; or as one of the earliest suburbs to emerge as trolley buses and then the tube reached out into the country; or more recently as post-industrial brownfield areas were redeveloped, the area has always been rich in events and happenings that form an intriguing history.  Collected below are some of the articles written by our contributors.  We always welcome more…

Hold the boat! The little Venice canal cavalcade is coming to town!

April 2018

Make way! make way! Canal voyaging vessels shall be collecting together on the 5th of May! For three days a whole heap of fun is to be had on the shores of Little Venice..

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Portobello Disjunction

June 2017

When Crossrail finally emerges from its tunnelling we will have a revolutionary new transport system…

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The Days When Music Played at the Metropolitan

March 2017

The reasons why the word Metropole or Metropolitan appears in the names of buildings by the Edgware Road flyover go back across the last two centuries…

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How Your Railings Kept Hitler Out

August 2016

Celina Fox has been digging into the archives and has come up with a fascinating account of the great project for the removal of our railings during the Second World War…

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Wartime Brothels

July 2016

Back in the days of the Second World War and when much of Maida Vale was under Church ownership there was a pretty strong whiff of sex in the air…

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Wartime Reminiscences

June 2016

These fascinating reminiscences of life in Maida Vale in the dark days of the Second World War and its aftermath take us back to a very different world from today.

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