From the building of Powis and Colville Squares in the 1860’s, Colville has been a place of rich history, unique characters and social change. The excellent City Living, Local Life supported Colville Community History project, led by local resident Tom Vague has sought to recount, preserve and celebrate this history – both good and bad – through opening up archives, holding exhibitions, hosting talks and producing newsletters.

This month saw CCHP release their twelfth newsletter, focusing on the Battle of Blenheim Crescent in 1958 (Colville Community History Project, Issue 12 [pdf]) and the growth of the music and hippy scenes in the area through the 1960’s and 70’s.

The entire collection of newsletters can be found on the Colville Community Forum website and feature fascinating archive footage and personal retellings of some of the key events in the history of the area, including Notting Hill Carnival, the growth of the punk scene and infamous characters such as Rachman, Christie and Oswald Mosley.