Willesden Green is an up-and-coming community in North West London and is proving to be very popular with families looking to buy property and those interested in renting in the North London area. Our estate agents covering Willesden Green receive a constant stream of enquiries from buyers drawn to the wide, tree-lined streets and Edwardian architecture. With the cosmopolitan areas of Notting Hill, Maida Vale, and Hampstead just a short distance away, it is clear to see why many are considering buying property in Willesden Green. For those interested in renting, our letting agents in Willesden Green have a varied catalogue of properties that are available to rent with access to great transport links.
About Willesden Green
The area is fast becoming a middle class area due to its prime location and good transport links. Along with nearby Kensal Rise, Willesden Green was listed in the Telegraph’s ‘new’ middle class areas of London. The gentrification of the Borough of Brent including Willesden Green has meant that house prices are increasing, which is acting as a big draw to the area as many are beginning to appreciate its value.
Willesden became a municipal borough in 1933. A small Irish community had formed in Willesden at this time, which grew rapidly during the period of the Second World War. A small Jewish community of refugees from Europe also formed during the war, with 3.5% of the population in 1951 born in Germany, Poland, Russia or Austria. During the war, Willesden suffered large damage due to the heavy concentration of industry, such as munition factories, and railways in the area. The period from 1960 saw migrants settling from the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent.
Willesden went into a period of decline during the 1970s and 1980s as much of the housing was inadequate due to overcrowding. The whole of central Willesden (minus the area by Willesden Green station) was earmarked for redevelopment; however, this did not come to fruition. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the high street to prevent it closing.
Willesden Green is also the title of a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks and is included in the soundtrack of the 1971 film 'Percy'.
Our Willesden Green estate agents have a vast portfolio of properties on offer in this well sought-after area of North West London – get in touch to find out more.
The history of Mapesbury
Mapesbury remained a rural area until the 1860s, when residential development began. By 1875 there were a number of large suburban villas. Four years later the Metropolitan Railway opened its line in the area, and building lots were let as 'first class residences'. Mapesbury Farm was leased to builders in 1893, and Mapesbury Road constructed in the following year. The main development took place between 1895 and 1905, consisting of brick-built houses with extensive tree planting. In 1982 Mapesbury was marked a conservation area.
The area formed part of the Middlesex parish and manor of Willesden, which was held by the chapter of St Paul's Cathedral by the time of the Norman Conquest. The manor was divided into eight pre-bends to support the various members of the chapter. One of these duly gained the name 'Mapesbury' after Walter Map. Willesden Lane was known as Mapes Lane until the 1860s.
- Gladstone Park Primary School
- Donnington Primary School
- St Joseph's RC Primary School
- Maple Walk School, Willesden
- Mitchell Brook Primary School
- St Mary's CofE Primary School
- Saint Mary Magdalenes RC Junior School
- Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School
LEISURE AND PLACES OF INTEREST
Tricycle Theatre www.tricycle.co.uk
Nuffield Sports Centre
Willesden Green tube station (Jubilee Line)
Brondesbury station (Overground)
Buses 6, 52, 98, N98, 206 , 226, 260, 266, 297, 302, 460
7 Corners Café
GASTROPUBS / BARS