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Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Notting Hill

Formerly known for its pig farming and brick making, it was not until the 19th century that Notting Hill became part of the westward expansion of London with its attractive terraced housing, built for the growing upper middle class. 

After the Second World War, much of the housing in the area became multi-occupancy, and suffered from the greed and neglect of unscrupulous landlords.  In the late 1950s of a number of racially motivated riots took place in the area; eventually prompting changes to wider housing legislation throughout the whole country. 

Today Notting Hill has regained much of its former affluence and is the location for the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world’s largest annual arts events.

The Motor Academy

An early driving school with its own brand of dual-control car.    

Boundary Rd. (today known as Swanscombe Rd.), Notting Hill, London, W11.*