The Grand Union Canal and Regent's Canal dictated the earliest layouts of Maida Vale in the early 19th century. The south of the area, named after the early 19th century public house 'The Heroes of Maida' on Edgware Road, was complete up to Sutherland Avenue by the 1860s. The remaining section in the north was mostly complete by 1900 and in 1915 Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale underground stations were opened.
The layout throughout the area uses architecturally significant avenues and crescents with secondary streets infilling between them. Up to the 1860s developments are principally in brick and stucco, whereas later areas are in red stock brick and include early examples of mansion blocks around Elgin Avenue. Nevertheless, the imposing stucco crescents are most notable. Tree-lined streets and large private gardens give the entire area a leafy character. This is further enhanced by Paddington Recreation Ground in the north and Little Venice in the south.
Maida Vale Conservation Area was first designated in 1968. It has been extended on a number of occassions, most recently in 1996. The detatched section around Paddington Green was re-designated as a separate conservation area in 1988.
|Publications and Documents:|
|Maida Vale Mini Guide|
|Maida Vale Conservation Area Directory|
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