Addison Road, London

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Joseph Addison (1672–1719), essayist and statesman, after whom Addison Road is named.
John Galsworthy, novelist and playwright, who lived at 14 Addison Road during 1905–13.
67 Addison Road, home to Chaim Weizmann

Addison Road[1] is a road in London, England, which connects Kensington High Street with Notting Hill and Holland Park Avenue and runs nearby to Holland Park.

History and residents

The name of the road derives from the essayist and statesman Joseph Addison (1672–1719), as with Addison Avenue nearby.[2]

The road was begun in the 1820s. The church of St Barnabas at No. 23 was built in 1829, designed by Lewis Vulliamy in a Tudor Gothic style,[3] with later stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones (executed by Morris & Co.) and Byam Shaw. St James Norlands Church at the far end of Addison Avenue also designed by Vulliamy, was built in 1845.

Debenham House at 8 Addison Road was designed for Sir Ernest Debenham in 1905–6 by Halsey Ricardo.[4] The Arts and Crafts-style house is an example of "structural polychromy". It includes Byzanto-Italianate grey bricks, Doulton Carrara ware, green-glazed bricks, and turquoise tiles. Inside, there is a dome and Arts and Crafts decoration.

From 1869 to 1916, there was an Addison Road station to the west of Addison Road itself, for a railway line that provided services between Waterloo and Richmond.[5]

Addison Road is home to the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, a Roman Catholic boys' school (which permits entry to girls in its Sixth Form).

The novelist and playwright John Galsworthy lived at 14 Addison Road during 1905–13.[2] Other notable inhabitants have included: Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel, who lived at No. 67 between 1916–19; David Lloyd George, who resided at No. 2 between 1928–36;[citation needed] and the architect Eustace Balfour.[6]

Residential properties

Debenham House, cited above, is often used for filming purposes. Although no longer privately owned, it is thought to be worth between £40-50 million.

The majority of houses located on Addison Road are worth between £10-30 million, and consequently the street is one of the most expensive residential streets in the world, and the second most expensive in London (behind Kensington Palace Gardens).


To the east is Holland Park. To the west is Holland Road and West Kensington. It parts from the A3220 road leading to Warwick Gardens ahead. Warwick Gardens ahead closes through traffic at 10pm to 7am.

Kensington Olympia railway station was originally named Addison Road although it is some distance away from the road itself.

St Barnabas, Kensington, is a Church of England church in the road.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ Addison Road Guide — Holland Park, London W14,
  2. ^ a b Addison Avenue, W14, The London Encyclopaedia, Pan MacMillan / Britain Express.
  3. ^ The Church of St. Barnabas, Addison Road, In "The Holland estate: Since 1874", Survey of London: volume 37: Northern Kensington, pp. 126–150. British History, English Heritage, 1973.
  4. ^ No. 8 Addison Road. In "The Holland estate: Since 1874", Survey of London: volume 37: Northern Kensington, pp. 126–150. British History, English Heritage, 1973.
  5. ^ Addison Road – Hammersmith (1869–1916), London's Abandoned Tube Stations, UK.
  6. ^ "Colonel Eustace James Anthony Balfour". Dictionary of Scottish architects. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  7. ^ St Barnabas, Kensington.
  8. ^ St Barnabas Addison Road, London[permanent dead link], A Church Near You, Church of England.

External links

  • Media related to Addison Road, London at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°30′09″N 0°12′34″W / 51.50246°N 0.20932°W / 51.50246; -0.20932

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