Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8, The Thornhill Estate contd (no.71)

Thornhill Square was the centre and showpiece of the Thornhill Estate, but 86 acres was a lot of land and other roads associated with the family include Matilda Street, Richmond Avenue, Thornhill Road, Belitha Villas. This is just a brief glimpse into some of the sights.

Barnsbury c.1820 (Islington Library Brochure)

Richmond Avenue was the first part of the Thornhill Estate to be developed, from 1829. Joseph Kay, who laid out the estate for the family, favoured the Classical style, but perhaps also admired Admiral Nelson, as the sphinxes are inscribed ‘Nile’.

Richmond Avenue

Richmond Avenue

Richmond Avenue Statue

Richmond Avenue Statue

Hemingford Road was named after the village of Hemingford Grey where the Thornhill family owned land.

Thornhill Terrace, 1846, Hemingford Road

Thornhill Terrace, 1846, Hemingford Road

Ripplevale Grove slopes downhill, lined with pretty cottages which could easily fit into a county market town.

In Thornhill Road, opposite Ripplevale Grove, Albion Lodge is a listed building and the nearby Albion apparently used to be a tea-house!

Albion Lodge in Thornhill Road

Albion Lodge in Thornhill Road

Albion Pub, Thornhill road

 

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