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Willesden, Middlesex

Historical Description

Willesden, a large parish in Middlesex, about 5 miles NW from London. It has an important junction station of the L. & N.W., North London, and other railways, and there is a station at Neasden and Willesden Green of the Metropolitan Extension railway. The parish is in the NW Metropolitan Postal District, and is supplied witli water by the West Middlesex Waterworks Company. It is a growing place, and new streets are added every year. There are many good residences. The parish church of St Mary is an ancient edifice of flint, brick, and stone in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, N and S porches, and an embattled tower. It has some good stained windows, a Norman font, several ancient brasses, and some ancient tombs and memorials. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London; net value, £252 with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. The ecclesiastical district of St Andrews was formed in 1880. The living is a vicarage, of the net value of £255, in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of London alternately. The church at Willesden Green is a building of red brick and stone in the Lancet style. There are Baptist, Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan chapels. The parish contains the hamlets of Dollis Hill, Sherrick Green, and Stonebridge, and also the hamlets of Brondesbury, Harlesden, and Neasden, the latter of which are noticed under separate headings. The manor was given by King Athelstan to St Paul's, London, and was known at Domesday as Willesdone.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyMiddlesex 
Ecclesiastical parishWillesden St. Mary 
HundredOssulstone 
Poor Law unionHendon 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.


Maps

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Brondesbury
Church End (Willesden)
Dollis Hill
Harlesden
Neasden
DistrictBrent
CountyGreater London
RegionLondon
CountryEngland
Postal districtNW10
Post TownLondon