It’s strange to think that two hundred years ago Notting Hill was farmland, except for a small settlement of Kensington Gravel Pits – now Notting Hill Gate. Development began in the early 1820s and during the later twentieth century Notting Hill became home to many immigrants from the West Indies who brought us what is now known as the Notting Hill Carnival (next weekend folks!).
Some important names have been linked to the area, including Javaharlal Nehru – the first Prime Minister of India. He lived at 60 Elgin Crescent briefly from July 1910 to January 1911.
One of the most famous and influential people in the history of Women’s Rights moved to the area in 1916; Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Dame Christabel Pankhurst lived together at 50 Clarendon Road, W11 – this was after they had set up the Women’s Social and Political Union, a militant group whose members were known as Suffragettes. Incidentally the average estimated value of a property in Clarendon Road today is £2.56 million!
At 31 St James Gardens there is a plaque dedicated to the Chinese Writer Lao She. He came to England in 1924 to teach Chinese at the London University’s School of Oriental Studies and his experiences in London resulted in the novel The Two Mr Mas. He was considered one of the outstanding Chinese writers of the twentieth century – a Chinese Charles Dickens if you will!
Yet another part of London so rich in history, and being an area that we at Davis Brown estate agents cover, we know this only too well. Take the time to wander the streets and remember to look up – you miss so much if it’s eyes to the ground!