Paddington, Marylebone, And Islington


Today I scanned another dozen colour slides from the May 2004 selection of Streets of London.

Cabbell Street N.W.1 5.04

Someone with an excellent sense of humour commissioned this window cleaner scratching his head as he contemplates tackling the M & S glass fronted tower building opposite Edgware Road tube station in Cabbell Street, NW1. Note the graffiti on the phone box.

Paddington Green W2 5.o4

Paddington Green,

Sarah Siddons

home of Sara Siddons (photographed on July 16th 2013) whose nose job has been unsuccessful;

North Wharf Road W2 5.04

North Wharf Road, where the windows of this building reflect construction going on around it;

Harrow Road W2 5.04

and Harrow Road, all W2, are all within the vicinity of Paddington. Once again we were coming into summertime, when the residents of these small flats could hang their washing out on tiny balconies otherwise used for flower pots and hanging baskets.

Tresham Crescent NW8 5.04

At this time I regularly walked from Little Venice in W9 to Parents for Children in Islington’s N1. Depending on my chosen route, I passed through Tresham Crescent, NW8, where the City of Westminster managed a children’s home,

Paveley Street NW8 5.04

and Pavely Street, near Regent’s Canal, wondering whether the Blue Square air balloon was heading for Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Barrow Hill Road NW8 5.04

Passing the cricket ground, I would have traversed Barrow Hill Road,

Barker Drive NW1 5. 04

and travelled on along Barker Drive, NW1, where was draped another reminder that this was Arsenal Football Club’s annus mirabilis.

Agar Grove NW1 5.04

Agar Grove was quite a long stretch, probably more so for the broken down vehicle.

Laycock Street N1 5.04

By Laycock Street, I would have neared my goal. Reflected in the window of the modern building is the older street name.

Marylebone High Street NW1 5.04

Back in Marylebone, I walked many a time along the length of both Marylebone Road,

Marylebone Road/Marylebone High Street NW1 5.04

and Marylebone High Street, NW1. The splendid domed building shown in these last two shots is St. Marylebone Parish Church, described by Wikipedia as an Anglican church on the Marylebone Road in London. It was built to the designs of Thomas Hardwick in 1813–17. The present site is the third used by the parish for its church. The first was further south, near Oxford Street. The church there was demolished in 1400 and a new one erected further north. This was completely rebuilt in 1740–42, and converted into a chapel-of-ease when Hardwick’s church was constructed. The Marylebone area takes its name from the church. Located behind the church is St Marylebone School, a Church of England school for girls.’

This evening Jackie produced a superb roast lamb dinner. The only item that was not exquisitely crunchy was the tender lamb itself. It was served with roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and broccoli, all cooked and timed to perfection. Tasty gravy was added. The Culinary Queen drank sparkling water and I drank Patrick Chodot Fleurie 2014.


  1. I was curious about the word ‘Marylebone,’ unfamiliar to me. I wondered if the way I was pronouncing it in my mind was correct and what the origin of it was. As usual, Google and Wikipedia came to the rescue, pointing out some of my guesses as erroneous. Fascinating!

    1. It’s a puzzle how they ever got to that pronunciation isn’t it Cynthia. I spent some time wandering about London thinking ‘Mary-lee-bone’ and wondering where ‘marley-bone’ was. 🙂

  2. Quite an interesting jog through prat of your history–you’ve enjoyed may experiences! I love the Little Venice shots, and can imagine it provided tranquil moments while viewing them so often. You portrait is evocative of much–and such books! :). The meal must have set you both into bliss. Nice one.

  3. You have no idea how often you write my dinner menu for me 🙂 Roast lamb tonight! 🙂

    I love street sculptures; this one is fabulous. I wonder who the model may be?

    We don’t see washing hanging out windows here because the Body Corporates in high rise developments rule against it in their by-laws. Even clothes lines on the ground have disappeared so the Councils stipulate that those apartments must be equipped with dryers. Think of the waste of solar energy in sunny Sydney and the emissions from all those machines. This is the land down under. Duh

    1. Uh, so glad I live in the country where we can pretty much do as we please – Laundry? you bet! Bonfires? The bigger the better. – Although I am guessing there must be a new-ish rule that the garbage men won’t take televisions anymore. It must be bad for the environment . . . So now everyone just dumps their TV on the side of the road.

  4. Poor old Sara Siddons. I’m afraid I had no idea who she was until I checked Wikipedia. Somehow the fact that she was the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century seemed rather appropriate given the sad state of her nose.

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