The name of Maida Vale, originated from “The Battle of Maida” in southern Italy where a British defeated the French in 1806. Maida Vale was named after a public house which opened on Edgware Road, named after General Sir John Stuart, Count of Maida. Developed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in the early nineteen century as an area of middle class housing, however in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Maida Vale was a predominantly Jewish district and in 1896 Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue was built on Lauderdale Road.
Regent’s Canel of Little Venice
Maida Vale is an area that was mainly undamaged by World War II and most of the outstanding mansions and terraces date back to the 1840s and 1850s. The tube station on the junction of Elgin Avenue and Randolph Avenue opened in 1915 and encouraged more residents to move into Maida Vale.
A typical mansion block in Maida Vale
Amongst the famous residents of Maida Vale include: the actor Sir Alec Guinness, David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel and the pioneer of modern computing Alan Turing. The area is mostly residential and mainly affluent, with many large late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats. Maida Vale is noted for its wide tree lined avenues, large communal gardens and red brick mansions blocks. The first mansion blocks were completed in 1897, with the construction of Lauderdale Mansions on Lauderdale Road. This was followed in the neighbouring streets with the constructions of Elgin Mansions, Leith Mansions, Ashworth Mansions and Castellain Mansion
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