The Anonymous Widower

From Westbourne Park To Old Oak Common – 4th July 2015

I took these pictures a few days ago as my train went along the Great Western Main Line to Southall and West Ealing.

This is a Google Map of the area.

Along The Great Western

Along The Great Western

Old Oak Common and the various train depots are at the left (West) and Westbourne Park Bus Garage is at the right under the Westway, where it crosses the railway.

The Sainsburys at Ladbroke Grove was built on the site of the old Ladbroke Grove Gas Works. (You can still pick out the two gas holders by the canal.) I found this good page with lots of pictures on a blog maintained by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It says this about the site.

Where the Grand Junction Canal and the main line railway to Paddington diverge from their parallel course there is a teardrop shaped  patch of land bounded on the east by Ladbroke Grove. In 1845 the Western Gas Company built a gas works there facing All Souls Cemetery on the other side of the canal. When North Kensington was developed for housing in the second half of the 19th century the Gas Works sat waiting at its northern edge. And there it stayed as London grew around it. In 1936 the Gas and Light Company built a progressive housing development on the Ladbroke Grove edge of the site powered by the wonder of gas, Kensal House, but more of that another day.

Today only a couple of gasometers remain overlooking the cemetery. Most of the site is taken  up by a Sainsbury’s super store. But in 1970 although gas production had ceased the owners seem to have been wondering what to do with the gas works, and denying rumours that the whole site would be given over to housing.

It would appear that they are completely remodelling the North side of the railway opposite the North Pole Depot. This Google Map shows the area from Mitre Bridge to the flyover that crosses the railway.

North Pole Depot And The Flyover

North Pole Depot And The Flyover

The two bridges at the left carry the West London Line and Scrubs Lane (Mitre Bridge) over the railway.The two circular structures at the right are the gas holders in the former Ladbroke Grove Gas Works.

The pictures in the gallery certainly show an impressive retaining wall is being built.

The last few pictures in the gallery were taken as the train ran past the train depots at Old Oak Common TMD, that I talked about in this post.

July 9, 2015 - Posted by | Transport |

1 Comment »

  1. […] running tracks are further over and hidden by the ramp up to the flyover. They can be seen in this post in front of the retaining […]

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