College Park

College Park, Hammersmith & Fulham

A late Victorian urban village in the far north of the borough, tucked between the railway line and the western end of the Harrow Road

Hidden London: Ponsard Road

There was nev­er a col­lege in Col­lege Park: the name derives from Oxford’s All Souls Col­lege, which used to own the land. (The col­lege still owns land in Harles­den, Willes­den and Ken­sal Rise, but not in Col­lege Park, it seems. See the map on this page at Who Owns Eng­land.)

The area’s devel­op­ment dur­ing the last quar­ter of the 19th cen­tu­ry was stim­u­lat­ed by activ­i­ty on both sides. To the east, Ken­sal Green had been built up fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its ceme­tery. To the west, Willes­den Junc­tion sta­tion had opened in 1866.

At the cor­ner of Ken­mont Gar­dens and Val­liere Road, Ken­mont Gar­dens school (now Ken­mont pri­ma­ry school) was built for the Lon­don School Board in 1883. Niko­laus Pevs­ner describes the struc­ture as “a roman­ti­cal­ly asym­met­ri­cal three-storey com­po­si­tion with bat­tle­ments and tur­ret.” Nowa­days the school has three main com­mu­ni­ty lan­guages: Eng­lish, Por­tuguese and Soma­li.

Ren­o­va­tion of prop­er­ties on Wal­do Road

The May­hew ani­mal home at the cor­ner of Pon­sard Road and Tren­mar Gar­dens occu­pies the for­mer site of the Christ Church mis­sion to Col­lege Park.

Col­lege Park has a high pop­u­la­tion turnover and a wide vari­ety of eth­nic minori­ties. It also has char­ac­ter­is­tics that have made it ripe for gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, so it now presents con­trast­ing aspects: many prop­er­ties have been done up while a dwin­dling pro­por­tion remain run-down; there are smart new live/work units on Wal­do Road and tat­ty shops along Har­row Road.

Locat­ed at the cor­ner of Scrubs Lane and Har­row Road, the Col­lege Park hotel was a local land­mark. It closed in the ear­ly 1990s and has since been con­vert­ed into flats.

Postal district: NW10
Population: 9,175 (ward of College Park and Old Oak, 2011 census)
Further reading: Exceptional Wikipedia article on College Park (primarily the work of one knowledgeable person)

 

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* The picture of Ponsard Road at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Christine Matthews, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.