Cricklewood was a small rural hamlet, which was dominated by a Roman road called Watling Street, which later became known as the Edgware Road (A5) until the impetus for its urbanisation came with the surface and underground railways in nearby Willesden Green in the 1870s. 

Aeroplanes, tanks, cars, crisps, biscuits, mattresses, razors and stylophones - Cricklewood made them all.

Most famously The Handley Page Aircraft Company occupied various sites in the area as Cricklewood Aerodrome was adjacent to one of their factories. Handley Page made World War I planes and then the Aerodrome became a commercial airport in 1920 and ran a service flying to Paris.

The aerodrome closed in 1929 as it was being surrounded by suburban development and the Golders Green Estate was built on the site, however the construction of aircraft at various factories continued in Cricklewood continued until 1964.