Willesden Junction in 1913 in a fascinating series of reproductions of old Ordnance Survey plans in the Alan Godfrey Editions, ideal for anyone interested in the history of their neighbourhood or family. Four versions of this map have been published and will be of special interest to transport historians. Willesden Junction station is central to the map and around it various lines fan out. Railway features (from the 1913 map) include a stretch of the GWR, including engine shed and carriage shed, West London Junction, Old Oak Common Sidings, Acton Wells Junction, Old Oak Junction, GWR Victoria Branch, Mitre Bridge Junction. Also here are part of the Midland Railway Acton Branch, the GWR Acton & Northolt line, the LNWR West London Line, the main LNWR line, the Hampstead Junction Line with Kensal Green Junction, engine shed and carriage sheds. All this is in good detail, with tracks, turntables, signal-boxes, signal posts. There is also a stretch of the Paddington Branch Canal. North of the junction is much of Harlesden, including High Street, Harlesden Lodge, Station Road. Other smaller communities are squeezed between tracks, including Goodhall Street and Old Oak Lane; Lower Place in the north-west corner; Wells House Road near the foot of the map; College Park, including Scrubbs Lane, Waldo Road, near the eastern edge of the map. Also St Mary's RC Cemetery, Cumberland Park Factory and various works along Hythe Road. The four maps show the area getting progressively busier; the 1868 version still has many fields between the lines, also Kensal Green & Harlesden station, Manor House, Wells House. The 1894 version includes street directories for Acton Lane, Harlesden High Street and Station Road. The 1868 version has 1897 railway timetables for Willesden-Waterloo, Willesden-Victoria, Willesden-Kensington, Willesden-Croydon lines. The 1935 version has the A-F entries from a 1935 Harlesden directory.
About the Alan Godfrey Editions of the 25” OS Series:
Selected towns in Great Britain and Ireland are covered by maps showing the extent of urban development in the last decades of the 19th and early 20th century. The plans have been taken from the Ordnance Survey mapping and reprinted at about 15 inches to one mile (1:4,340). On the reverse most maps have historical notes and many also include extracts from contemporary directories. Most maps cover about one mile (1.6kms) north/south, one and a half miles (2.4kms) across; adjoining sheets can be combined to provide wider coverage.
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