Dudden Hill, Brent
A little-used name for the residential locality created in the early 20th century on the north side of Willesden
Duddinghill or Dudden Hill field was first recorded in 1363 and the name may be linked to the northern word ‘dod’, which can mean ‘a distinct shoulder or boss of a hill’. A windmill stood in Dudden Hill field from around 1616 until the late 18th century. By the mid-19th century much of the area belonged to Dudden Hill Farm.
Passenger trains began to call at the Midland Railway’s Dudding Hill station in 1875, but the service was abandoned at the turn of the century – just as development was taking off. The Dudding Park Estate Company led this early phase of development. In 1909 the Metropolitan Railway Company opened a station here, which they called Dollis Hill; the naming of the station has been the principal reason for the loss of Dudden Hill’s identity. Dudden Hill Lane was widened in the early 1920s, to allow improved access to the Empire Exhibition at Wembley.
Medium-sized semi-detached houses filled the area north of the railway line in the decade before the Second World War. The sequence of streets was supposed to begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet, but last-minute planning changes caused a couple of omissions. There was some industry too, notably a manufacturer of telephone equipment.
Willesden College of Technology opened on Denzil Road in 1934 and took over the buildings of the former Dudden Hill Lane School in 1964. It is now the Willesden campus of the College of North West London, one of the largest further education colleges in the UK.
The Dudden Hill ward has a similar demographic profile to that of Brent as a whole, but with a slightly larger white population and fewer residents of Indian origin, though they are still the largest minority after white British.
Postal districts: NW2 and NW10
Population: 15,059 (2011 census)
Further reading: M C Barrès-Baker, Neasden and Dudden Hill, Grange Museum of Community History and Brent Archive, 2001
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