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In and Around Queen’s Park.

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Illustrated talk by Irina Porter with numerous period photographs of the interesting north-west London neighbourhood of Queen's Park.

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Local historian Irina Porter, chair of the Willesden Local History Society, traces the story of the area we know today as Queen’s Park, from the royal beginnings to the artisans and labourers who built the comfortable Victorian houses for which the neighbourhood is now prized.

Even midway through the long reign of Queen Victoria, acres of west London were still working farms, but the coming of railways and the demand for new housing in a rapidly-growing city brought development to these literally green-field sites. Remarkably in light of its modern urban vibe, in 1879 the area was the site of the Royal Agricultural Society's large farm show, which Queen Victoria herself visited. Queen's Park today is a popular residential community widely known for its weekly family-friendly farmers' market.

The talk is lavishly illustrated with period photographs from Irina's extensive collection.

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