St John's Wood High Street then and now

Southern end of High Street 2011
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View of 2-60 St John's Wood High Street, on the south side from Wellington Place to Park Road, 1900
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Allitsen Road 1905
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Allistsen Road 2011
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View of the west side of St John's Wood High Street, 1904
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View of 102-142 St Johns Wood High Street looking south down the street from the junction with St John's Wood Terrace abd Circus Road, c1900
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St John's Wood High Street
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Some of the shops and flats in St John’s Wood High Street and the side roads have changed very little in outward appearance in a hundred years, though their interiors would be unrecognisable to the customer of 1900. Others on the west side are completey altered.

Lord Armstrong, who opened the first ever cabbies shelter outside his house in Acacia Road in 1875, so that there would always be a cab available when he wanted one, might be surprised to see a shelter remaining near the High Street in 2011.

This page was added on 20/12/2010.

Comments about this page

  • I lived in the studio flat over the entrance to the back of the High Street in the early 1960s opposite the cabbies hut. I paid £22.50 per month. I loved living there and loved telling people my Primrose phone number. I thought I was the bees knees.

    By Audrey (17/02/2023)
  • Susan, I don’t have access to an old map, but there is a current Oak Tree Road just off of Lodge Road, so presumably it would have been around there somewhere?!q=oak+tree+road&data=!1m4!1m3!1d882!2d-0.1704328!3d51.5286207!4m10!1m9!4m8!1m3!1d882!2d-0.1705669!3d51.5286484!3m2!1i1648!2i1091!4f13.1

    By RF (23/08/2013)
  • Has anyone access to an old St Johns Wood map please, if so can you look to see where Oak Tree mews was please. I am talking about 1841, it must be nr Lodge road, as the next address on the census sheet is number 1 Lodge Rd. After a few houses in Lodge Rd it goes on to Flora cottages. I would really appriciate it if someone could help please. kind regards Sue Ault

    By susan ault (18/07/2013)
  • My great grandfather, his brothers and his father were all cabmen living in St John’s Wood,  Oak Tree Mews and Portland Cottages. I wish I could see a photo of these places. Any ideas, please.

    By Susan Ault (30/03/2012)

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