Dudden Hill

Dudden Hill, Brent

A little-used name for the residential locality created in the early 20th century on the north side of Willesden

Hidden London: Houses beside Aberdeen Road

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 – though it still appears on Ord­nance Sur­vey maps.

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. The pho­to above shows hous­es on Aberdeen Road at its junc­tion with Burn­ley Road.* 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

 

* The picture entitled Houses beside Aberdeen Road on this page is cropped from an original photograph, copyright Martin Addison, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.