House clearance Willesden
Few little facts about Willesden
Willesden is situated in the London Borough of Brent. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Willesdune, meaning The Hill of the Spring and a settlement bearing this name dates back to 939 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Wellesdone. From the 14th to 16th centuries, the town was a place of pilgrimage due to the presence of two ancient statues of the Virgin Mary at the Church of St Mary. One of these statues is thought to be a Black Madonna, which was insulted by the Lollards and burnt in 1538.
World War I caused Willesden to change from a predominantly Middle Class suburb to a Working Class part of London. After the war, Willesden grew rapidly as numerous factories opened up with numerous flats and houses.
The town was featured in the popular novel White Teeth by Zadie Smith in 2000 which was subsequently made into a TV series.
"Willesden Green" is also the title of a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks and is included in the soundtrack of the 1971 film "Percy".