flows south eastwards and is joined by, and becomes, the Grand Union Canal
Post to the north Hanwell
Post to the south Wyke Green
the Apostle Church. As the town grew with the railway and trams so there was a
need for a new parish. St Thomas was at first iron mission church but Money was
raised by selling St. Thomas in near Portman Square and the new parish church
opened in 1934. The architect was Edward Maufe and the building has a tall
square bell tower with a green copper cap. The exterior is simple of
engineering bricks; said to have come from Wales. A carving of the Calvary by Eric
Gill is part of the east window which Gill carved in situ. There is also a carved keystone by Vernon Hill. Inside
it is plain with a high fan vaulted ceiling with vaults of reinforced concrete.
The main windows are all of clear handmade leaded glass. The motif of St. Thomas,
a fan of three spears and a builder's square is a recurrent theme throughout,
including on the rain heads and the gateway
16 JKMotor Car Sales. The Methodist Church used this in 1882 as a rented lecture hall while their church
was being built
of Wales. For a while this was called McCanns, dates from the 1870s.
Choice Tool Hire. This was the Red Lion pub
The garden wins awards for the best kept garden prize in the London Ambulance
service. It is a memorial to ambulance man Bill Dunn, who died in 1983. The
station was built in 1956 by the Middlesex Ambulance Service, in their house
style. It is now part of the London Ambulance Service and deals with up to 100
66 Royal Victoria,
the pub dates from the 1860s
This is the
area now covered by Jasper Avenue. Cambridge Yard was a light industry and
trading area from 1919.
In the 1907
20th Hanwell Urban District Council approached Lord Jersey, owner of Osterley
Park about the need for a park to meet the needs of their growing population.
He offered the Council this area for £4,500.
The opening date was postponed because the King Edward the day before
the ceremony and it was opened in 1910 by Lady Jersey and Lord Villiers. The original
bandstand remains together with a drinking fountain, and railings, with iron
gates and brick gate piers. There are lime and horse chestnut and at the main
entrance is a circular floral display. The south of the park adjoins the Brent
River Park and there is now a waterside nature conservation area,
Stone. This glacial erratic was found in 1899 in a gravel pit on the site of an
ancient river bed at what is now Townholme Crescent. It was excavated and moved
here near the gates of the park. It was once much larger but some of it has
been removed. It is of similar age, origin and composition to the Sarsens of
Stonehenge. There have been various speculations
Grand Union Canal
Shortly below Osterley Lock the canal is joined by the River Brent from the north east and the two are thenceforth combined.
cottage. Built in 1826 at the end of the flight of locks.
Bridge – over the river and the canal from Trumpers Way
Cup Pile Driving Competition Prize Length of Piling 1959" sign
The footpath from Hanwell to the Brent outfall is called Fitzherbert Path after
Luke Fitzherbert, founder of Brent River and canal society
is a common name for a path used by cattle drovers.
Oliver Court. On the site of Queen Victoria hospital.
Victoria Hospital. The Hanwell Cottage
Hospital opened in 1900 paid for by public subscription to commemorate the Queen
Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1923 it also became a War Memorial Hospital in
memory of the dead of the Great War. In 1948 it joined the NHS and closed in
1979 when the new Ealing Hospital opened. The Hospital has been demolished and
the site is now housing
break care home. This was once called Brent Hill Hostel and has a noise monitoring
station on its roof.
The Fox. 19th
Hart – this is now allotments. This land belongs to Hobbayne Trust and used to
be the Hanwell common meadow. Cattle used to cross the Brent at a shallow point
to avoid paying the toll over Brent Bridge.
Curtis Dye Works
and Dye Works Cottages
Lower Boston Road
Traces of a
hamlet with some mid c19 cottages around a small green
Church Schools, established here in 1855, with some subsequent extensions. Hobbayne's
Charity had set up a school in Halfacre Road and in 1817 it became a National
Society for all the poor children of the parish. In 1852 the rector gave a part
of the glebe on the corner of Lower Boston Road and Green Lane, and the school
was thus built here in 1855. Children’s meals were subsidised by the
parish. It was enlarged with an iron
building in 1901 and then taken over by the County Council. They enlarged it in
1905 and renamed it St. Mark’s and it subsequently became a primary school.
School grounds were acquired when adjoining market gardens closed in the 1960s.
Court. This was St Mark's church, built in 1879 by William White in Coloured
brick with decorated stone detail. It has become independent in 1919 when part
of the parish of St. Mellitus's was assigned to it. It was declared redundant
in 1980 and has now been converted to flats
13 The Inn
on the Green. This is a pub recently renamed from The Dolphin – it was however
originally The White Hart dating from the mid-19th.
William Hobbayne Day Centre for the Elderly. Hanwell Methodist Church originated
from a Wesleyan Society class set up in 1881. In 1882 they purchased land for a chapel on the corner with St Dunstan’s Road and this opened in 1884. A gallery was
added but in early 1897 they were looking for another new chapel and eventually moved out. The chapel was sold by auction to the Salvation Army. It has now been
refurbished as a Day Centre
sixth century graves discovered on site.
School, opened in 1906 by Middlesex County Council
St. Mark’s Road
Playground. Poor's Piece – later called King George's Field - was set aside for
the poor under the enclosure act of 1816. as compensation for loss of commons rights.
It was owned by Hobbayne's Charity, and the
Trustees could not sell for private use. It was purchased by Ealing
Council in 1951 and laid out as a recreation ground with £300 from the King George's Fields Foundation. The gate
piers have the heraldic stone plaques commemorating this. A small garden has been created at one end
and the rest of the park is grass with a curved path leading to a playground,
Crossing Halt. This opened in 1904 and had been
built by the Great Western Railway on a footpath between Windmill Lane and the
canal towpath. Called ‘Trumpers
Crossing’ (for Osterley Park)
Halte’. It was supposed to be a halt for
Wyke Green Golf Club but Mr.Trumper owned local, Warren Farm, and objected
strongly to the railway. In 1915-1920 it was closed and in 1926 closed finally.
All that remained were a few struts hidden amongst the undergrowth. It had
pagoda-roofed huts added and it is said that these were transferred to South
Greenford where they survived until the 1970s.
was formed in 1975 by Vigen Boyadjian and acquired by Amstrad 1994. Viglen is
now Alan Sugar's sole IT establishment. It focuses on the education and public
sectors, selling desktop and servers. In 2005, they relocated to Colney Street
High School. The school opened in 1998
Elthorne Park High School.
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Middlesex County History.
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St. Thomas the Apostle. Web
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