In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Willesden like this:
WILLESDEN, or Wilsdon, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Hendon district, Middlesex. The village stands 1½ mile N by W of Willesden-Junction r. station, and 7½ WNW of St. Paul's, London; and has a post-office‡ under London NW, a police station, and fairs on Holy Thursday and St. ...
James' day. The parish includes W.-Green, Dollis-Hill, Sherrick-Green Neasdon, and Harlesden hamlets, Brondesbury domain, and parts of Kilburn and Kensal-Green villages. Acres, 4,190. Real property, £28,401. Pop. in 1851, 2,939; in 1861, 3,879. Houses, 642. Pop. in 1869, about 15,000. The property is much subdivided. The manor was given by King Athelstan to St. Paul's, London; and was known, at Domesday, as Willesdone. W. House, Brondesbury Park, Neasdon House, Dollis Hill, Harlesden House, Heathfield, Mapesbury House, Bramshill Lodge, Glyn-field House, and the Rookery are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London. Value, £320.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. The church is later English. The rectory of Brandesbury and two p. curacies of Kilburn are separate benefices. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charities £27.The sub-district consists of W. parish and Twyford-Abbey extra-parochial tract.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Willesden, in Brent and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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