TQ2179 : Blenheim Road, Bedford Park

near to Chiswick, Hounslow, Great Britain

Blenheim Road, Bedford Park
Blenheim Road, Bedford Park
Houses on the north side of the road are not part of the original development and no longer show the Norman Shaw influence.
Bedford Park Garden Suburb
Although not originally called a garden suburb, it can realistically claim to be the first such, predating Hampstead Garden Suburb.
The aim of the developer, John Carr, was to create a relatively green landscape, using the existing mature trees in the area, resulting in the relatively unstructured road layout of the initial development.
Development commenced in 1875, Carr joined up with leading architects of the period to create stylish houses in the current Aesthetic style, firstly Edwin William Godwin, with whom he fell out after just a few years, and later Robert Norman Shaw, who was nationally recognised.
With the community and social facilities included in the development, it became a fashionable place to live, with many artistic residents, remaining so for around 40 years.
By the middle of the 20th century it had however declined, with many properties having passed into multiple ownership. Demolition of a couple of properties around 1960 alerted people to the importance of the area, resulting in the formation of the Bedford Park Society. Owing to its efforts, 356 properties, effectively the whole of the initial 1875 to 1885 phase of development were listed by 1967, and the whole area became a conservation area under the auspices of the two London Boroughs, Ealing and Hounslow, in which Bedford Park lies.
The result has been a considerable reversion to single ownership, and virtually complete refurbishment of the houses.
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Tuesday, 10 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 17 January, 2012
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Lowlands  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
Place (from Tags)
Bedford Park 
Housing (from Tags)
Semi Detached 
Period (from Tags)
1890s 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2140 7920 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.9227N 0:15.1484W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2134 7923
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