Cricklewood is an urban and suburban area of northwest London, England, centred 5 miles (8.2 km) northwest of Charing Cross, between Willesden Green and Dollis Hill to the west, Brondesbury and Kilburn to the south, West Hampstead and Childs Hill to the southeast and east, and Brent Cross to the north. The area is split between three London boroughs: Barnet to the northeast, Brent to the west and Camden to the south-east. Cricklewood was a small rural settlement, in parish terms a hamlet, around Edgware Road, originally the Roman road which was later called Watling Street, until the impetus for its urbanisation came with the surface and underground railways in nearby Willesden Green in the 1870s. The bustling shops on Cricklewood Broadway, as Edgware Road is known here, contrast with quieter surrounding streets of largely late-Victorian, Edwardian, and 1930s housing. The area has strong links with Ireland due to a sizeable Irish population. The Crown pub, now the Clayton Crown Hotel, is a local landmark. The 35-hectare (86-acre) Gladstone Park marks its north-western edge.
Cricklewood has two conservation areas, the Mapesbury Estate and the Cricklewood Railway Terraces, and in 2012 was awarded £1.65 million from the Mayor of London’s office to improve the area.
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