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Portobello Road

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Portobello Road was named after a battle in the Caribbean, which created excitement among the British public in the 18th century. Puerto Bello, in the Gulf of Mexico, was one of the ports, which sent back treasure from the New World to Spain and supplied Central America with goods from Europe. Admiral Sir Edward Vernon, with a small fleet of ships from the British navy, captured the port in 1739. He was regarded as a national hero. Bonfires were lit in all the major cities to celebrate the victory, medallions were struck to commemorate the event and pubs, streets and districts were named after Vernon and Portobello Irish and Jewish immigrants were the ...read more.


The 1831 census shows Chelsea maintaining its population lead over significantly larger Kensington - 32,371 against 20,902. Not until 1861 were the positions reversed with Kensington showing an amazing increase in population between 1851 and 1871 from 44,053 to 120,299. The census of 1851 (which recorded only 214 names for the whole of Portobello Road). In the 1870s, what had been a footpath leading from Portobello Road to Kensal Road was planted with trees and named Britannia Road. Later the trees were cut down and the street was called Golbourne and later Golbourne Road. ...read more.


Many immigrants from the east were commonly found in Notting hill in those days, there were high amounts of racial tension, which broke out constantly, many large riots have taken place in Notting hill in the past. Prostitution was a known subject in portobello road. In the 19th century Notting dale was known as the Norland potteries after the areas gravel pits, it was then known as Norland pottery. In the 19th century it was a very unhealthy place to be. It was very dirty ( )and was nicknamed the Guilt Garden at the end of the 19th century the houses were poorly built and as much as 30 people lived in one household. It was also known as the piggeries. ...read more.

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