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.'. The Spotted Dog .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 14th December 2011 in london-history | old-pubs-w, willesden-green
The 'Spotted Dog' existed by 1762, and was described as "a well accustomed Public House" in 1792.  In the 19th century it was famous for its pleasure gardens and in the 1920s it boasted a dance hall. Although there were some "verie welthie" persons in Willesden in Elizabeth I's reign these were almost certainly only local farmers. The area was entirely rural and the population would have consisted of agricultural labourers.If you ask a taxi Drive to take you to Willesden Green High Road they don't really know. But if you ask them to take you to "The Spotted Dog" they will know. This pub was famous with everyone around London, but during the 1980...

.'. Willesden Green - A ghost from 1905 .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 23rd November 2011 in london-history | ghost-signs, victorian, willesden-green
This is the High Road at Willesden Green. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Willesdune, meaning The Hill of the Spring, and a settlement bearing this name dates back to 939 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Wellesdone. The town's motto is Laborare est orare. ("to labour is to pray").I got this "old photo" at the Queens Park day and it shows the Willesden Green - High Road back in 1905. If you look closely at this amazing photo you will see at the left side a sign saying: Brovril Sold Here (near to a clock) and while passing by I notice that at the year 2011 the sign still there, isn't it just fascinating? ...

.'. Dutch and Dutch .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 8th January 2012 in london-history | ghost-signs, willesden-green
Using some inspiration in the research of the origin of all the Ghost Signs I took photos of, I also came to find out a very interesting fact about this one near my house.The first thing you should know about it is that it is the FIRST I found.Do you know when you cross paths with something and suddenly it is all you see? Well, after finding this lovely green Ghost Sign many others also found me, but I never went back to this one till now. You know is not like finding a Hovis or Bovril. But turns out is even better. We all know where those come from, but the mystery of the unknown is what makes it more interesting!!! Searching around I found out that "Dutch the...

.'. Dollis Hill House .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 13th December 2011 in london-history | willesden-green, willian-gladstone
200 years ago this area was completely rural, with woods and farmland. The Finch family, one of the two important local families, bought up several pieces of land to make the Dollis Hill Estate. This included two farms, with the main farmhouse north of Dollis Hill Lane and the smaller one opposite it on the south. The farms around Willesden were well known for their hay, grown for the horses of London, and there were dairy farms producing milk. In 1825 the family had enough money to replace the smaller farmhouse with a new house, named Dollis Hill House.In 1881 Lord Tweedmouth's daughter and her husband, Lord and Lady Aberdeen, moved in and they used it...

.'. Ghost Signs - part II .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 15th July 2011 in london-history | ghost-signs, willesden-green
What are Ghostsigns? Ghostsigns are the typically faded remains of advertising that was once painted by hand onto the brickwork of buildings.  They can be found in cities, towns and villages across the country advertising many different products and services, some familiar, some less so.The ones on this photos I found in the areas around Kilburn High and Willesden Green....

.'. Weather Vane .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 6th January 2012 in london-history | weather-vane
The word 'vane' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'fane' meaning 'flag'. And you can see many weather vanes featuring the "flag". The Bayeux Tapestry of 1070s depicts a scene, with a man installing a weather vane with a cock on Westminster Abbey, while the dead King Edward is carried inside.The weather vane is a lovely architectural ornament to show you the direction of the wind, although not so functional one thing we can tell, it is very decorative. Often featuring the traditional cockerel design with letters indicating the points of the compass, you can find it at the highest point of a building.In the 9th century the Pope issued an edict that all churches must...
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