The name of the road derives from the essayist and statesman Joseph Addison (1672–1719), as with Addison Avenue nearby.
The road was begun in the 1820s. The church of St Barnabas at No. 23 was built in 1829, designed by Lewis Vulliamy in a Tudor Gothic style
Kensington (Olympia) Station was previously known as Addison Road.
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