Mapesbury shown within Greater London
|Population||15,529 Mapesbury ward 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Brent Central|
|London Assembly||Brent and Harrow|
The ward covers parts of the Kilburn and Cricklewood areas. Mapesbury ward is bounded to the north by Dollis Hill ward, to the west by Dudden Hill ward, to the south west by Willesden Green ward, to the south by Brondesbury Park ward, and to the east by the London Borough of Barnet and (further south) the London Borough of Camden.
Early history and Name
The area formed part of the Middlesex parish and manor of Willesden, which was held by the chapter of St Paul's Cathedral by the time of the Norman Conquest. The manor was divided into eight prebends to support the various members of the chapter. One of these duly gained the name "Mapesbury" after Walter Map, prebendary from 1173–c1192. Willesden Lane was known as Mapes Lane until the 1860s.
Mapesbury remained countryside until the 1860s, when residential development began. By 1875 there were a number of large suburban villas. Four years later the Metropolitan Railway opened its line in the area, and building lots were let for "first class residences". Mapesbury Farm was leased to builders in 1893, and Mapesbury Road constructed in the following year. The main development took place between 1895 and 1905, consisting of brick-built houses with extensive tree planting. In 1982 Mapesbury was designated a conservation area.
The ward returns three councillors to sit on Brent Council. In the 2006 local elections, the traditional Labour/Conservative marginal dramatically returned three Liberal Democrat councillors: Hayley Matthews, Chris Leaman and Sami Hashmi. They retained their seats in 2010.
Mapesbury ward has strong links to Irish culture and over 10% of its population are Irish
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- "Ward 2001 based information for Brent". Brent Council. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
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- "Brondesbury and Mapesbury areas". Brent Heritage. 2002. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Willesden: Settlement and growth". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden. British History Online. 1982. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Conservation areas in Brent". Brent Council. 1982. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Election results for Mapesbury". Borough Council election - Thursday, 6th May, 2010. Brent Council. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
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