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The Notting Hill story

Photographs from 1976

The back story

The photographs are iconic black and white views of Portobello Road and the Notting Hill neighbourhood before its regeneration - the images shine on characters and the area's strong communities, hulking houses now demolished, graffiti gone, timeless market life, each picture provoking enquiring minds to consider who benefits from the process of regeneration. The changes in Notting Hill require us to watch carefully how the Olympic legacy develops.

Background: In the 1970s North Kensington, Notting Hill and Portobello market comprised an area of significant deprivation. Nearly 25% of North Kensington was in the worst 10% of Inner London measured by Housing and Social Condition indicators, according to a report published by Notting Hill Housing (Trust) in 1980. Today, anyone living in the area will know that rents can range from £395 to over £3,100 per week with house prices to match – a vastly changed cultural landscape from the Notting Hill of 1976.