Menelik Road, NW2

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Menelik II (August 17, 1844 – December 12, 1913) was emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 until his death. Often called the founder of modern Ethiopia, he transformed the country within a decade of being crowned, uniting territories, creating a centralised Government, founding Addis Ababa as its capital, and defeating an Italian invasion force. The road was built on the estate of the Powell-Cotton family, one of whom, Major Percy Powell-Cotton, was given permission to hunt in Ethiopia by Emperor Menelik in 1900. Originally part of Shoot Up Hill Farm, the estate had been purchased by John Powell as an investment, in 1773. The following year he bought Kilburn Wood Farm. Both farms were passed down through the family. After 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, in Kent, and later after places Major Powell-Cotton visited on his travels – particularly Abyssinia (Ethopia) between 1899 – 1900.

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