Gondar Gardens is named after a city in Ethiopia which Major Powell-Cotton visited on his shooting trip to East Africa and that he described in his book A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia). This street was originally part of Shoot Up Hill Farm purchased by John Powell, a secretary to George III and onetime Paymaster General, as an investment, in 1773. The following year he bought Kilburn Wood Farm. These farms were passed down through the family. Once the railways lines in the Kilburn area were established the land began to be sold for housing. All the roads were named after places local to the family’s property at Quex Park and later after places Major Powell-Cotton visited on his travels.
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