Church End, Brent

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51°32′46″N 0°15′04″W / 51.546°N 0.251°W / 51.546; -0.251Coordinates: 51°32′46″N 0°15′04″W / 51.546°N 0.251°W / 51.546; -0.251

Church End, commonly known as 'Church Road', is an area of northwest London in the London Borough of Brent, and part of Willesden and Harlesden. The population is predominantly Afro-Caribbean.

Church Road[edit]

The street Church Road does not contain the Church End Estate. It comes close to Brent Magistrates Court in Willesden.

The Willesden part of Church End often hosts a small market.

Church End Estate[edit]

Church End Estate, along with Roundwood Estate and some of Harlesden, is associated with the Church Road Soldiers street gang.[1] Gang violence led to the fatal shootings in Church End in 2016 of two men in their twenties who were uninvolved in gangs, Oliver Tetlow and James Owusu-Ajyekum.[2][3]


Church End arose as the area around St. Mary's Church near Willesden. It was known as "the Churchend" in the late 16th century.[4] During the 18th century, a village and inns developed around the church. The arrival of the railways in the 19th century lead to further development, though the area remained agricultural to begin with. An 1876 book noted "There are a few houses about the ch., at what is called Church End" and recorded there being two inns, the White Horse and the White Hart.[5] Industry and "poor housing" grew the area to be contiguous with Harlesden, though Roundwood Park was still green space.[6] By the 20th century it was one of the poorest parts of London and from the 1960s was known for high rates of unemployment.[7][8] Road widening and building in the 1960s changed the character of the area.[6]

The council transferred Church End Estate and Roundwood Estate to Fortunegate in 1998 in a regeneration scheme.[8] A regeneration plan for the Church End Neighbourhood Centre was approved by the council cabinet in 2016.[9]


  1. ^ Dean, Lewis (September 24, 2015). "Inside Gangland London: 'I used to get a rush kicking in a door or kidnapping someone'". IB Times. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ King, Lorraine (November 11, 2016). "Police roll out initiative to tackle violence between Church End and Stonebridge gang rivals". Kilburn Times. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mills, Jen (March 11, 2016). "Uzi-style execution in London was ‘a tragic case of mistaken identity’". Metro. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Mills, A. D. (March 11, 2010). A Dictionary of London Place-Names. OUP Oxford. 
  5. ^ Thorne, James (1876). "Willesden". Handbook to the Environs of London: Alphabetically Arranged, Containing an Account of Every Town and Village, and of All Places of Interest, Within a Circle of Twenty Miles Round London, Part 2. J. Murray. p. 697-699. 
  6. ^ a b Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (March 1, 1991). "Brent". London 3: North West. Yale University Press. p. 146. 
  7. ^ "History of Church End, Brent and Middlesex". Vision of Britain. 
  8. ^ a b "Church End". Brent Heritage. 
  9. ^ Spendelow, Nathan (February 1, 2016). "Church End set to be 'revitalised' as part of council regeneration". Get West London. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 

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