Posted: 08-08-2017 Category: Travel
A strongly Jewish character with interwar history – Edgware is located in the midst of two boroughs of Watling Street and three miles northwest of Hendon.
Edgware is a perfect dwelling place shopaholics, nature-lovers, travelers, and foodies. So, if you’re intending to make a definitive trip to London, this district has every one of the elements for an enthralled and captivated one of kind lifetime experience.
Here’s the list of top 5 historical facts about Edgware that will astonish your mind.
1. A Resting Place
Before it widely recognized as Edgware – the place was used as a resting place by the Pilgrims while going to St Alban’s from London. Due to frequent rests, this place turned into a small village during the time of Elizabeth I. Another reason for pilgrims to stop by was the Anglican Church of St. Margaret’s which was a prominent Christian worshiping site at that time. According to historians, there were 120 people living around in Edgware by the bridge at that time.
2. Small Market Town
As the time passed, Edgware started to develop more and more. From trading to charcoal sellers, brewers, opticians, Colliers and tailors – Edgware became quite famous for its small market town. Now the people who used to pass by and stop at Edgware had more reasons to prolong their stay. Edgware was known to be one of the best-emerging markets of pioneers in London during the entire 17th century.
3. Unusable Edgware Road
Despite the Reformation and developments in Edgware, the district has suffered a lot in the history. After its national recognition as a famous market town and resting place, there was an exponential increase in the population and travelling through Edgware road was 4-time than during the reign of Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, it worsened the road’s condition making it impossible for anyone to use the road for passage. For around six months Edgware road was not used by a single pedestrian. Later it was renamed as ‘Edgware-Kilburn Turnpike’ in order to compensate for repairing the road.
4. Duke of Chandos
In the first quarter of the 18th century, Edgware was conquered by the Duke of Chandos, who was from a developing-town called ‘Cannons’. They were also building a house northwest of it to be used as a base or palace. Around £250,000 was spent on the said palace. It was filled with art and craft sheds, orchestra, blacksmiths and much more.
(Photo: Duke’s expensive palace located northwest to Edgware)
5. Charles Wright Ltd.
During the 1900s, a renowned metal factory named ‘Charles Wright Ltd.’ Moved its entire work from Clerkenwell to Thorn Bank Edgware. The possible reason for such migration was that it was too noisy to be in an inner city. Later in 1920, the company emerged as ‘Wright & Son’. The factory was famous for producing World War I Medals (35, 000 Medals a day), Metal sheets, and number plates. The design for number plates is still used as an authentic reference for designing ‘K-Type’.