St. Mary's Old Church, Willesden

Willesden Local History Society 

Covering Brondesbury, Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, Kilburn, Mapesbury, Neasden, Stonebridge, Oxgate, Park Royal, Queen’s Park and Willesden Green


Formed in 1974, the Willesden Local History Society believe that a community’s future health is enhanced by a good knowledge of its past.

Our aim is to foster interest in history, archaeology, conservation, and related subjects, with particular emphasis on our own locality, and to carry out research into the history and culture of our own locality.

WLHS has members of all types, active researchers, family historians, authors, photographers, and some who just enjoy the lectures and fellowship at the meetings. All are welcome.

The annual subscription is £15, which includes

  • Free entry to monthly meetings (September to June), – now online – with a Willesden flavour, guided walks and outings to places of historic interest
  • The Journal, which comes out twice a year
  • Access to the members only area on the website, with back issues of the Journal and other local history materials
  • Opportunities to take part in local history research and education projects

We are looking for people to become more involved in the running of the Society. Please come along and have a chat with us if you have an interest in local history and would like to help with the Society.


Our programme for the first half of 2021 will be online, and, during the spring and summer, some outdoor walks and visits. All virtual talks will start at 7.30 pm. If you are a current member of the WLHS, you will receive an email from us with Zoom meeting details prior to each meeting. Please make sure that we have the current email address for you and check your spam folder for messages from us, if you do not receive an email from WLHS by about a week prior to the event.

Exploring Kensal Green and Kensal Rise. Part 1. Kensal Green
Wednesday, 20 January, 7.30 pm.

Recording is available from the Archive

Exploring Kensal Green and Kensal Rise. Part 2. Kensal Rise
Wednesday, 17 February, 7.30 pm.

Recording is available from the Archive

The Supergrass.
Wednesday, 17th March, 7.30 pm 

Recording is available from the Archive

Victorian Gas Holders, Kensal Rise
A map for a self guided walk is available from the Archive

In and Around Queen’s Park. 
Wednesday, 19th May, 7.30 pm
Recording is available from the Archive

WLHS Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, 16 June, 7.30 pm

What we offer

The WHLS archive:

  • All back issues of the WLHS Journal, which started in 1994.

Index of articles

  • Recordings of some of the online lectures

Index of videos

  • Downloads of walking tour guides

Index of walks

Local history publications

Available to buy online

Our Areas

Traditionally a parish in Middlesex, Willesden became a municiple borough in 1933. It covered a large area in North West London, including the localities listed below. In 1965 it joined Wembley to become part of Brent. WLHS covers the areas included in the original parish of Willesden.