Earls CourtPosted on: March 21, 2018, by : gravenhurst
Once a rural area, Earls Court began to develop with the advent of the Metropolitan District Railway line in 1865. It became a densely populated area and popular with the transient migrant population.
After World War II, a large population of Polish immigrants settled there, followed by Australians and New Zealanders in the 1960s. So popular was the area with Ozzies and Kiwis that the area was known as ‘Kangaroo Court’ or ‘Kangaroo Valley’. Earls Court has always been a little down at heel and shabby compared to the neighbouring boroughs, but further gentrification of the area had seen rapid development, pushing property prices up. It is no longer synonymous with Australian backpackers, who had since moved westward towards Shepherd Bush and Acton.
Earls Court is mainly known for its underground interchange. Commuters use the station to access other lines within the London Underground network, often to switch between branches of the District line and to access the Piccadilly line that goes direct to Heathrow airport.
Earls Court Exhibition Centre used to stand just outside the underground station. It was one of the largest indoor arena in the UK and was a popular venue for concerts and exhibitions. It was the venue for the annual Crufts dog show, the London Boat Show, Central London Film and Comicon and Ideal Home Show. Westlife and Pink Floyd had performed in the hallowed halls. Earls Court was one of the sporting venues used for the London Olympics in 2012. The exhibition venue was closed and demolished in 2014 with plans to develop the area into a residential and commercial place.
The Earls Court area has connection with many famous British names. Walk along
Cromwell Road and you will find a blue English Heritage plaque for Alfred Hitchcock at n number 153. The film director lived here from 1926 – 1939. Howard Carter, British archaeologist lived at Number 19, Collingham Gardens. Coleherne Court was where the late Diana, Princess of Wales usd to lived. The three-bedroom flat was a present from her parents for her 18th birthday present. Diana lived there until February 1981 before moving into Clarence House on the night before her engagement to Prince Charles was officially announced.