The village of Willesden was a rural area where some country houses were constructed in VIctorian times for City businessmen and their families.
Many such houses still remain in Craven Park and Nicol Road. In late Victorian times the whole area was developed into terraces of small houses for workmen.
Willesden itself, which is the area between Church Road and Robson Avenue contains mainly unremarkable properties. The situation improves in Willesden Green to the east of Robson Avenue. The most sought-after area is the Mapesbury Estate which is a conservation area between Walm Lane, Shoot Up Hill and Willesden Lane, comprising streets such as Mapesbury and Chatsworth Roads. This area contains large houses and flat conversions.
The former Telephone House on Shoot Up Hill was converted into flats, and there have been other modern conversions and infills. West of Walm Lane, St Paul’s Avenue and other streets near Willesden Green tube station contain Victorian properties converted into flats. Other popular streets in the Willesdon Green area include the streets of the Dobree Estate – such as Dobree and Alexander Avenues – built in the 1930s. Sandringham, Windsor and other “royal roads” between Willesden Green and Dollis Hill stations contain sought-after medium-sized terraced houses. The Norbury Estate, centred on Albury Avenue, south of the High Road contains 1930s properties which are popular.
Another popular area is the set of streets between All Souls Avenue and Chamberlayne Road, running off Chelmsford Square, which contains moderately large houses. Willesden Lane contains a number of flat blocks such as Marlow Court and Belvedere Court.
There are large Edwardian and Victorian houses in Harlesden, which has always been the poorer relative. The best streets Springwell Avenue, Harlesden Gardens, Ancona Road and Cholmondeley Avenue. There are Victorian railway cottages near Willesden Junction station.