Capital Ring: South Kenton to Hendon
London. Mon 27 Aug 2018
A fine grave-stone in the churchyard of old St Andrew's Church for
Mr TImothy Wetherilt
THe church was replaced by a new one next door, 1847 Victorian gothic,
moved stone by stone from Wells St in London in the 1930s
A short walk (with some deviation to a garden centre mainly for its
toilets) took us to the Welsh Harp - Brent Reservoir
at its east end is West Hendon Waterside, where Barnet council have
sold off their West Hendon estate, a
pleasant and well-loved council estate with 680 homes in decent condition
for a quarter of its value to Barratt.
who describe it as "170 hectares of beautiful green surroundings
overlooking the Welsh Harp reservoir"
The estate residents fought the so-called 'regeneration' but their
homes are being demolished. Many of them
have not been rehoused. Social cleansing like this by London boroughs
is forcing many people on low or moderate
incomes out of London. A crane looms over Tyrell Close on the estate.
The development will result in more homes, but few will be social
housing, and the so-called affordable properties
will be beyond reach of the current residents, with many probably
bought and left empty by overseas property investors.
More 1930s development
Late Victorian terraces on the A5 at West Hendon Broadway. Still a
very busy road for through traffic, though
most now goes along the nearby M1 and Hendon Way
M1 motorway and East Coast mainline railway from Kings Cross
Nicoll Place. The Nicoll family were important in Hendon's history
and lived at Hendon Place in the 16th century
A seat in Hendon Park
And we had ice-cream
At Hendon Park Cafe, which says it is "the first kosher park
café to open up in the UK".
Hendon Park Holocaust Memorial Garden,
Central Circus, Hendon
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