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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

St George's Hill: part 2 - 19th century v. 1964.

Two maps of the Hill (click on them for a better look). The one on the left dates from the 19th century, when the land was divided into plots; there appear to have been only around 4 houses at that point, and obviously, pre-Tarrant, these would have been nothing like the grand residences of nowadays. The map on the right dates from ca. 1964, the year John moved into Kenwood. It's hard to match one with the other, until you rotate the 19th century one:

Kenwood is situated in the middle of what was plot number 13. It's clear why Old Avenue is so called - it corresponds to the long tree-lined road on the older map. The other item of non-Beatle related interest is how Camp End Road got its name - because there was a Roman Camp in that part of St George's Hill.
(Btw Sunny Heights is on the outer curve of South Road nearest South Ridge, which would put the site somewhere near the edge of the forest on the 19th century rendering.)


  1. Probably not telling you nothing new or useful but I just figured there is a Strawberry Hill and a Cavendish Road nearby!

  2. Yes, Kenwood is actually on Wood Lane, just off Cavendish Road. The entrance shown in the last post leads on to Cavendish Road... and yet another coincidence that Paul ended up on Cavendish Avenue, St John's Wood.