Rooftop view of Bayswater, looking from the top of one of the Hallfield Estate tower blocks towards
Bayswater shown within the Unitit kinrick
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Bayswater is an aurie o Central Lunnon in the Ceety o Wastmeenster . It is a built-up destrict locatit 3 miles (4.8 km) wast-north-wast o Charing Cross, borderin the north o Hyde Park an haein a population densitie o 17,500 per square kilometre.
Bayswater is ane o Lunnon's maist cosmopolitan auries, wharein a diverse local population is augmentit bi a heich concentration o hotels. In addition tae the native Inglis, thare is a significant Arab population towards Edgware Road, a lairge Greek commonty attractit bi Lunnon's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, mony Americans an Lunnon's main Brazilian commonty.
The aurie haes attractive streets an garden squares lined wi Victorian stucco terraces, maistly nou subdividit intae flats an buirdin hooses. The property ranges from very expensive apairtments tae sma studio flats. Thare are purpose-built apairtment blocks datin frae the inter-war period as well as mair recent developments an aw, an a lairge council estate, the 650-flat Hallfield Estate, designed bi Sir Denys Lasdun an nou lairgely sauld aff.
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History[edit | edit source]
The laund nou cried Bayswater belongit tae the Abbey o Wastmeenster when the Domesday Book wis compiled; the maist considerable tenant unner the abbot was Bainiardus, probably the same Norman associate o the Conqueror who gave his name tae Baynard's Castle. The descent o the laund held bi him canna be clearly tracit: but his name lang remained attached tae pairt o it; an, as late as the year 1653, a parliamentary grant o the Abbey or Chapter launds describes "the common field at Paddington" as being "near a place commonly cried Baynard's Watering." In 1720, the launds o the Dean an Chapter are describit tae be the occupation o Alexander Bond, o Bear's Watering, in the same parish o Paddington. It mey tharefore fairly be concludit that this portion o grund, aaways remarkable for its springs o excellent watter, ance supplee'd watter tae Baynard, his hoosehauld, or his cattle; that the memory o his name wis preservit in the neebourheid for sax centuries; an that his wattering-place nou taks the abbreviatit name Bayswater.
Notable residents[edit | edit source]
- Damon Albarn
- James Dundas
- Brett Anderson
- Mike Atherton
- J. M. Barrie, playwricht an novelist, author o Peter Pan, an his wife Mary née Ansell, at 100 Bayswater Road
- Tony Blair
- Winston Churchill
- A. J. Cronin
- Ade Edmondson
- Roger C. Field, inventor an designer whose first hame wis flat D, 15 Cleveland Square
- Alexander Fleming
- Mariella Frostrup
- Ferdinand de Géramb
- Reginald Gray (Erse Airtist) lived with his wife Catherine at 105a Queensway from 1958 to 1963.After their divorce in 1975 Catherine married jazzman Chris Barber.
- J. B. Gunn, physicist, livit wi his mither, the Freudian psychoanalyst L. F. Gunn / Grey-Clarke, at 14 Dunbar Terrace, in the 1940s
- Alice Hart-Davis
- Dylan Jones
- Jonathan King
- Keira Knightley
- Guglielmo Marconi (the pioneer o wireless communication) livit at 71 Hereford Road atween 1896 an 1897 wi his mither upon arrival in Ingland (markit bi a Blue Plaque)
- Rik Mayall
- Stella McCartney
- Dermot O'Leary
- Irfan Orga (exile, writer) livit at 29, 35 an 21 Inverness Terrace frae 1942 till the mid fifties, publishin his memoirs Portrait of a Turkish Family in 1950.
- Jennifer Saunders
- Paul Simonon
- Sting occupied a basement flat at 28A Leinster Square in the late seiventies durin the formative years o The Police. Trudie Styler, nou his wife, livit in a basement flat twa doors doun.
Various persons of international renown are frequently reported as buying property in the area, including Claudia Schiffer.
Local politics[edit | edit source]
The aurie elects sax cooncillors tae Wastmeenster Ceety Cooncil, currently aw Conservative. Three are electit frae the wairds o Bayswater, whare the Conservatives hae a majority in excess o 250 votes ower the Leeberal Democrats. Three are electit frae Lancaster Gate an aw, which is a safe Conservative waird, representit bi leader o the Cooncil Simon Milton.
Education[edit | edit source]
Nearest places[edit | edit source]
Nearest tube stations[edit | edit source]
Places o interest[edit | edit source]
Hotels in Bayswater[edit | edit source]
References in fiction[edit | edit source]
- In John le Carré's The Spy who Came in from the Cold, Liz is a member of the Bayswater South Branch of the Communist Party.
- In le Carré's Smiley's People, the retired Russian major lives in a dingy flat on Westbourne Grove.
- Many of the characters in Samuel Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners live in Bayswater.
- The Alfred Hitchcock film Frenzy was filmed in the area.
- In Martin Amis's Success, the two main characters live together in a flat in Bayswater, which he calls 'the district of transients.'
- In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell indicates that the perambulator (carrying Jack, as a baby) was found "standing by itself in a remote corner of Bayswater".
- In Saki's short story "Cross Currents" (1909), Vanessa Pennington lives on a "Bayswater back street" but would have preferred "smarter surroundings."
- In Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited, Charles Ryder's father lives in Bayswater.
- Whiteleys is frequently seen in film, e.g. Love Actually, Closer, and was referred to in My Fair Lady as Eliza Dolittle is sent "to Whiteleys to be attired" in Pygmalion. It also has recording studios on the top floor.
- Scenes in Alfie (1966) were filmed around Chepstow Road.
- The main character in Iris Murdoch's novel A Word Child, Hilary Burde, has a "flatlet" near Bayswater Tube Station.
- Scenes in The Black Windmill refer to, and were filmed around, the area.
- In the Italian comics series Dylan Dog the main character lives in Craven Road.
- Nick Jenkins meets Uncle Giles for tea at the Ufford Hotel, "riding at anchor on the sluggish Bayswater tide", in The Acceptance World (1955), Volume three of A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell.
- The Poisonous Seed a novel by Linda Stratmann is set almost entirely in Victorian Bayswater.
- In Lauren Willig;s Pink Carnation Series, her character Eloise Kelly lives in Bayswater while writing her doctoral thesis.
See an aw[edit | edit source]
- In reference tae the Bayswater river, refer tae River Westbourne
- Aeroford - automobile manufactured in Bayswater
- Leinster Gardens - a false façade on this street hides a London Underground line from view
- Craven Hill Gardens
References[edit | edit source]
- http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,768378,00.html observer.guardian.co.uk