Photographs of Portobello Road in 1950

Walking up “the Lane”, as we called it, was a stroll through the English class system even then as one progressed towards Holland Park. Notting Hill didn’t become gentrified – it always was. What happened was that North Kensington became Notting Hill.

Portobello Road Market, Kennsington London 1950

Portobello Road market, North Kensington, 1950

The Portobello Road of 1950 was a very different place than we know today. These photos were taken about the same time the road featured as a location in The Blue Lamp. The film that starred Jack Warner and would eventually become the famous BBC series Dixon of Dock Green.

The Blue Lamp poster

Poster for The Blue Lamp released in 1950.

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill London 1950

Portobello Road Market, Kennsington London 1950

London Scenes 1950

Portobello Road, Notting Hill 1950 market